|Readers have an ‘Appetite’ for rock
MSNBC users offer their selections for best album of past 20 years
We asked, and our readers responded and one thing is clear, our readers like their music with a lot of guitar (and maybe even a little cowbell) and they like it loud. In response to our call to send in your picks for the best album of the past 20 years, our readers flooded us with enthusiastic selections. Thank you! Here is a sampling of your picks.
Guns N’ Roses, “Appetite for Destruction”
This may not be the best but it certainly made a huge influence on rock and roll. It was this album, in my opinion, that bridged the gap between hair metal and grunge. You can see it in Axl’s first appearance in “Welcome to the Jungle” with his hair teased a foot high to “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” where he got out the baseball cap and bandana and stuck his middle finger at the hair bands and said “we are going this way, see ya later.” — Mark Lackey, New York, NY
[Editor’s note: This album was far and away the most popular album with our readers.]
A GN'R and VR mention in an article about photographer Ross Halfin:
Does he reckon that good bands always take good pictures? "Yeah, they do - bands with some edge who look dangerous. Guns'n'Roses looked good in the day. Now Axl looks like a silly old man." Warming to his subject (rock stars: discuss - preferably disparagingly), Halfin confirms the general conception that Guns'n'Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash is one of the good guys. Halfin also still rates Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe for their adherence to the old school rock show and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Audioslave's Chris Cornell and Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland as great rock frontmen. "I mean, he [Weiland] is completely selfish and self-centred, but that's part of the job isn't it really?"
The full interview is available here.