Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident?
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Release date: 20 March 2006
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- Since I Don't Have You
- New Rose
- Down On The Farm
- Human Being
- Raw Power
- Ain't It Fun
- Buick Makane (Big Dumb Sex)
- Hair Of The Dog
- Black Leather
- You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
- I Don't Care About You
The O2, Dublin, May 17
- Jun 1, 2012
- Oct 31, 2008
Set aside your cynicism and embrace the return of Axl Rose – bad hair and all
- May 26, 2006
But Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal quashes rumours that band has finished recording a new album
Guitarist Richard Fortus says the follow-up to 2008's 'Chinese Democracy' is mostly finished
Singer told Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire about his big cat plans
Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident?: Wikipedia Album Entry
"The Spaghetti Incident?" is the fifth album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. The album is unique for the band, consisting entirely of cover versions, mostly of punk and glam rock songs of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Many of the tracks were recorded with original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin during the Use Your Illusion I and II sessions and then were later re-recorded by Gilby Clarke. Those tracks were previously intended to be included in a combined Use Your Illusion album, consisting of three (or possibly even four) discs, instead of the two separate discs they ended up being.
In 1992, the band prepared to release the leftover cover tracks as an EP, with then-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke replacing Stradlin's guitar tracks. They later decided on making the album a full release and recorded several more tracks for it.
Then-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan sings on many of the album's tracks and Hanoi Rocks frontman (and Axl Rose's idol) Michael Monroe appears on "Ain't It Fun" as a guest vocalist.
This was the last Guns N' Roses album to feature lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum as well as the only album to feature Gilby Clarke.
"The Spaghetti Incident?" debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling about 190,000 albums in its first week of release, significantly less than their previous releases.
The title is an inside-joke referring to a food fight between Axl Rose and Steven Adler involving spaghetti. Much was made of this food fight during Adler's resolution lawsuit with the band in 1993, in which Adler's attorney referred to it as "the Spaghetti Incident". The meaning was explained by drummer Matt Sorum in a 1994 interview with Much Music and confirmed by Slash in his autobiography, Slash.
The title may also be a play on the title of the 1991 film The Linguini Incident.
During a discussion between Rose, Slash and the album's cover designer in the "Making of Estranged" video, it is made clear that the correct form of the title is within quotation marks and with a question mark.
The album was released shortly after the conclusion of the Use Your Illusion World Tour which had lasted until mid 1993. The vinyl copy of the album was released in clear plastic orange, and the CD was released with color designs and markings: black concentric rings around the outer edge, and an indigo and blood-red depiction of an evil jack-o-lantern eating spaghetti out of a hollowed-out, decapitated head in the center, which would later be changed (in the 1997 reissue) to simply a plain silver colored CD.
In its first week of sales "The Spaghetti Incident?" sold about 190,000 copies and debuted at number #4 on the Billboard 200, selling far less than their other releases, the album has failed to match the success of any other Guns N' Roses album, it did not increase the popularity with in the band, most reviews of the album were rated average saying "the covers are just of mostly punk songs that really aren't that good". Reasons contributed the lower sales was the lack of promotion the band had done for the album, they weren't performing or touring, the other members were busy focusing on side projects, the first two singles were radio only singles, the third single Since I Don't Have You was the only single from the album where a music video was made.
Despite protests from Rose's bandmates, an unadvertised cover of Charles Manson's song "Look at Your Game, Girl" was included on the album at his request. The CD release gave no track number to the song - it could only be found by listening through the dead air left after the last documented track on the album, on track 12. In early 2000, Rose said that he would remove "Look at Your Game, Girl" from re-issues of the album, citing that critics and popular media misinterpreted his interest in Manson and that a misunderstanding public no longer deserved to hear it. However, the song is still present on the album, and in recent re-issues, "Look at Your Game, Girl" has been added as a separate, 13th track.
The first track, "Since I Don't Have You" was performed a few times as an intro to songs Sweet Child O' Mine or Paradise City in 1992 and 1993. "Down on the Farm" was performed once in its full length during the 1990 performance in the Farm Aid IV show it was also played a few times during the Chinese Democracy Tour in 2006. The band performed "Hair of the Dog" once in 1988, and another time in 1990, during the only known GAK (band featuring members of Guns, Metallica and Skid Row) performance. "Attitude" was performed frequently during the Use Your Illusion world tour, and Duff still plays it in Loaded and his solo career. Other songs played live by him are: "New Rose", "You Can't Put your Arm Around a Memory" and "Raw Power". The others songs were never played live by Guns N' Roses, but might have been played by some of the members' side projects, like Matt Sorum's supergroup Camp Freddy, that plays cover versions of famous songs.
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"Hair of the Dog"
as recorded by
Heart-breaker Soul-shaker I've been told about you
I'm from South Philadelphia up on Avenue C
I've seen empty hands that was waitin' to freeze
[spoken] This one's for you Johhny It doesn't pay to try It doesn't mean, I didn't try All the smart boys know why I just never know, why It's isn't 'cause I'm all alone And when I'm home Big deal, I'm still alone Oh, baby, you're not home It's so restless, I am Beat my head against a pole Try to knock some sense, down 'side my bones And even though it don't show Those guys are so old Can't put your arms around a memory Can't put your arms around a memory Can't put your arms around a memory Don't try Don't try And you got no name You're just a basket case Could you live with me? Go on and say And even though it don't show Those guys are so old Can't put your arms around a memory Can't put your arms around a memory Can't put your arms around a memory Don't try Don't try [spoken] Johnny you're me I wanna put my arms around your memory Yeah, you're memory I can't try... Don't try I can't try
Well she's all geared up, walkin' down the street
And I can feel the slime, drippin' down her sleeve
Well you can't refuse and you just can't choose what she's gonna do
Buick, Buick, Buick Makane will ya?
1, 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 3, 4
Is she really going out with him?
Ain't it fun when you're always on the run?
Ain't it fun when your friends despise what you've become?
Ain't it fun when you get so high, well that you just can't come?
Ain't it fun when you know that you're gonna die young?
Yo ehh, check it out
Dance to the beat of the living dead
You'll see baby, stay away from there
Some fuckin' attitude
I can't believe what you say to me
You've got some attitude
All I need is some inspiration
Before I do somebody some harm
I feel just like a vegetable
Down here on the farm
There's a time for living
Time keeps on flying
Think you're loving baby
But all your doing is crying