THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
8-Guns N’ Roses-Paradise City.
1987-It was not released as a single until 1989 when reaching Number 6.
Best Bit-At 4.49.’Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.’ Most heterosexual males couldn’t care less if the grass was purple with pink polka dots, as long as the girls are pretty.
Guns N’ Roses (see also best songs 463) were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985 by Axl Rose (vocalist,) Slash (lead guitar,) Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar,) Duff McKagan (bass,) and Steven Adler (drums.) Their debut Album ‘Appetite for Destruction’ from where this song was taken is the biggest selling debut Album in the States ever with sales of over 18 million.
Slash has stated that the song was written in the back of a rental van as the band were travelling back from a gig in San Francisco. He also has stated it is his favourite Guns N’ Roses song. Axl Rose who wrote many of the songs lyrics has always cited the Finnish band ‘Hanoi Rocks’ as his major influence, their song ‘Lost in the City’ is a possible inspiration for some of this songs lyrics, although the song is about Rose’s life when he lived on the streets as a teenager. ‘Paradise City’ is anywhere in the world where a better life can be found.
As I have stated many times before in this countdown nothing in Pop Music is totally original, so if you want to know where this songs ‘guitar riff’ came from take a listen to ‘Zero the Hero’ by Black Sabbath.
‘Just a urchin livin’ under the street, I’m a hard case that’s tough to beat.’
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