[Album Review] “The Spaghetti Incident” – Guns N Roses

The Spaghetti Incident - Guns N RosesAlbum Title: The Spaghetti Incident
Artist: Guns N Roses
Year: 1993
Running Time: 46m 9s

Track listing: 1 Since I Don’t Have You; 2 New Rose; 3 Down on the Farm; 4 Human Being; 5 Raw Power; 6 Ain’t It Fun; 7 Buick Makane; 8 Hair of the Dog; 9 Attitude; 10 Black Leather; 11 You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory; 12 I Don’t Care About You

In the career of Guns N Roses, the names always changed and identified the guilty. After Matt Sorum replaced Steven Adler in 1990, the second and most telling personnel change was Gilby Clarke stepping into the breach to replace Izzy Stradlin. Stradlin actually left the band after the recording of the 1991 “Illusion” albums and it was Clarke who toured with the band. Clarke was now in the studio for the first time with the band recording this collection of punk cover versions.

This is easily Guns N Roses worst album, so it’s a relief I suppose that they didn’t write any of the songs. When you are the biggest band in the world you can practically do what you want, and when GnR released ‘The Spaghetti Incident’, they were still held in reasonably high regard.

Things are heavy here, no doubt. Punk is not known for its melody and indeed there is little on show. When things do rock it’s normally because the riffs are so loud and in your face that you can’t help getting lifted by it. ‘New Rose’, ‘Down on the Farm’, ‘Raw Power’ and ‘Attitude’ are the standout rockers, while ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ and ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’ are more introspective.

‘I Don’t Care About You’ is just a band romp that’s fun to listen to but tunes like ‘Black Leather’, ‘Human Being’ and ‘Buick Makane’ are not very good songs and therein lies the problem.

It’s cheap and cheerful if you want to pick a copy up out of interest and that’s the only reason I’m giving this two stars.


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