October 29, 2008
“Breakdown” by Guns-n-Roses.
When asked my favorite band, I always say GNR. Over the years the answer might be “GNR and the Lemonheads” or “GNR and Pulp” but GNR is the constant, always the band I love most.
What’s most amazing to me about GNR is the length of time that I have loved them (second most amazing thing is that they only had 3 full length albums, an ep and a cover album and it’s been enough to sustain my love). “Appetite for Destruction” came out in 1987. I was ten. “Use Your Illusion I and II” came out in 1991 and I remember being 14 and on a cruise with my parents, listening to “14 Years” as if it were about me.
I remember “Breakdown” speaking to me at that age but it’s hard to imagine how. I always particularly liked the first verse:
We all come in from the cold
We come down from the wire
And everybody warms themselves to a different fire
But sometimes we get burned
You’d think sometime we’d learn
The one you love is the one that should take you higher
You ain’t got no one
You better go back out and find em
Anyway, if it’s possible to be one of the biggest rock bands of all time, only have like 3 1/2 albums and yet still have songs that could be considered ‘undiscovered’, I would nominate “Breakdown” for that honor. “Locomotive” might be a close second.
Enjoy young Axl, jumping around in white biking shorts: