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Guns N' Roses dips into history
[City Edition]
Boston Globe (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Boston, Mass.
Author: Sullivan, Jim
Date: Nov 26, 1993
Start Page: 79
Section: LIVING
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Guns N' Roses, the preeminent American hard rock band of the late-'80s and early-'90s, has taken matters into their own hands and given us a history lesson. And it's not at all a painful one. On Tuesday, the Gunners released the 13-track "The Spaghetti Incident?," an album composed entirely of covers. It is not exclusively a punk-rock record, but it's close to it with songs originally done by seminal punks like the Dead Boys ("Ain't It Fun"), UK Subs ("Down on the Farm"), the Damned ("New Rose") and Fear ("I Don't Care About You") and proto-punks like the New York Dolls ("Human Being"), Johnny Thunders ("You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory") and the Stooges ("Raw Power").

"It was really something that wasn't supposed to be taken all that seriously," he continues. "There was a point when we were in the studio doing the `Illusion' records and we would just go in and {mess} around on some things and we realized that we sounded pretty cool at covering songs that we really liked, songs that had some major influence on us, really. We recorded four songs and we knew we didn't have enough room to put them on the `Illusion' records, so we thought we'd do an EP -- and it sort of grew from there. We started realizing that it was a great catalog for people who would never, ever hear any of these songs, probably for the simple reason that they're a generation behind or because a lot of the stuff is out of print. Some people don't even know what the Nazareth song {`Hair of the Dog'} is! Heaven forbid someone bring up the UK Subs and ask if anyone's familiar with that."

Could happen. [Slash] says [Axl Rose] is half-persuaded to mount a club tour -- "I'm starting to think it's the best way to put the lid on this project," says Slash -- and if the tour is undertaken the Paradise in Boston will be on the itinerary. "Yes," Slash says, "that would be cool."

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