Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine (Edit/Remix) (Guns N’ Roses) b/w Out Ta Get Me (Guns N’ Roses) 1988
The third single from the phenomenally successful Appetite For Destruction, this remains the band’s only US number one to date.
And if the song is known for Axl’s emotive vocal then it’s just as famous for the iconic Slash solo which ushers in a typical slice of GNR magic.
Sweet Child O’ Mine followed It’s So Easy and Welcome To The Jungle off the band’s debut album and became a huge global hit. Robert John’s sleazy cover shot adorning the UK seven incher looks as if the five musos have literally walked in off the street for a five-minute photo shoot – Slash holding a brown paper bag unlikely to contain his cough medicine.
Backed with the underrated Out Ta Get Me – an example of Axl at his provocative best – this was a must-have record in any hair metal fan’s late 80s collection and is still one of the most requested GNR tracks of all time today.
Every fan has his or her favourite from the AFD record but this tune transcended the Gunners’ traditional audience and transformed the LA crew into true global superstars. If only it could have lasted just a little bit longer…