Probably the most controverstial entry… for those who like Nirvana….Guns…and…Roses..!!!!!!! yes that is correct. Guns and Roses. Again this might go against everything Kurt said and believed ect.. but when the Melody Maker famously claimed ‘Nirvana are the Guns and Roses it’s okay to like’, you know they actually did hit the nail on the head. There are an awful lot of similarities and connections between the two. Kurt was quite vocal about his contempt for Guns and Roses, and claimed “we are against everything they stand for” but this didn’t stop them joining the same record label!! There’s no doubt that Axl Rose certainly said some stupid things over the years and I’m not going to defend him but the similarities with Kurt are quite huge. Both came from small towns to the big city to seek solace from a troubled upbringing and both went onto express themselves with loud angry music. 2 angry mixed up kids making music, one was more classic rock and one more punk rock. There’s no doubt that Kurt Cobain had a more mature and wider view point than Axl Rose but that’s doesn’t mean we have to ignore the whole output of one band based on the views of its lead singer. That was one of the key features of Guns and Roses each member had a unique personality, like the Ramones, they were basically a cartoon band. Crazy front man, the punk rock bassist, the rolling stones rhythm guitarist, the hard rock lead guitarist, and the hair metal drummer. All the rock clichés are there but then again classic rock was always supposed to be a little cheesy. Guns and Roses connection with grunge ect was in fact huge with bassist Duff McKagan being from Seattle and actually being in a band with members of, the first grunge band (trademark) Green River for a brief period. When you put all the surface level attributes of Guns and Roses to one side, what you are left with is a band that both know how to play and more importantly how to rock. The similarities with Nirvana are pretty obvious, big riffs, big drums and big choruses.
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