Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction includes a song entitled “Welcome to the Jungle”. Initially released in the UK in September 1987, it was released in the US in October 1988 and reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.
On the 1987 release, a live version of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” was accompanied by the band’s debut single “It’s So Easy” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. VH1 named “Welcome to the Jungle” the greatest hard rock song of all time in 2009. The song was listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”.
Background and composition
Rose wrote the lyrics while visiting a friend in Seattle: “It’s a big city, but at the same time, it’s still a small city compared to L.A. and the things that you’re gonna learn. It seemed a lot more rural up there. I just wrote how it looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want.” Guitarist Izzy Stradlin summarises the song as “about Hollywood streets; true to life.”
In his self-titled autobiography, Slash describes the development of the music of “Welcome to the Jungle.”. During the band’s attempt to write new material, Axl remembered a riff Slash had played when he was living in the basement of Slash’s mother’s house. As Slash continued coming up with new guitar parts for the song, the band quickly laid the groundwork for the song. Duff McKagan is credited with coming up with the breakdown. He contradicts this in his autobiography, It’s So Easy (and other Lies)”, saying it was from a song he wrote in 1978 for the Vains, a punk band. Additionally, he said that it was the first song he ever wrote, and that it was later released as a single. The song was written in approximately three hours, according to Slash.
Rose credited the lyrics to an encounter he and a friend had with a homeless man after they exited a bus in New York. The man yelled to the young runaways, “You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby; you’re gonna die!”
In The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time, Martin Popoff included this song at number nineteen. VH1 ranked it as the second greatest metal song of all time. The readers of Rolling Stone Magazine voted it the greatest sports anthem of 2009.
Geffen Records had difficulty selling the video to MTV. David Geffen reached a deal with the network, and the video was only shown once on a Sunday morning around 5:00AM. After the video aired, the networks received a number of calls from viewers who wanted to see it again.
Despite its early morning broadcast time, the song’s music video was a big hit with viewers and quickly became one of MTV’s most requested videos. In the video in question (directed by Nigel Dick), Axl Rose disembarks a bus in Los Angeles and a drug dealer (played by Izzy) attempts to sell his merchandise while Rose rejects it. Rose watches a television through a store window while clips of the band playing live can be seen, and Slash can also be seen briefly, sitting against the wall and drinking from a clear glass bottle in a brown paper bag. Rose goes through the same procedure as Ludovico to transform into a city punk and wear the appropriate clothing at the end of the video.
Alan Niven, Guns N’ Roses’ manager at the time, told Rolling Stone magazine that he “came up with the idea of stealing from three movies: Midnight Cowboy, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and A Clockwork Orange.”
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