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City Of Paradise
Includes articles, member profiles, pictures, and lyrics.
Garden of Illusions
Promotions, news, articles, gallery, message board, and chat.
The Axl Rose Mission
Dedicated to counter rumors circulating about the singer.
Guns N' Roses is Back
News, discography, lyrics, biography, and pictures.
Guns n Flowers
Fan site, with updated news, discography, links, lyrics, pictures and collector items.
Q's Guns N' Roses Empire
Lyrics organized by album, band profile, and information on solo works by band members.
New Guns N' Roses
A site and a message board solely devoted to the new Guns N' Roses
The Spaghetti Incident?
A collection of history, lyrics, audio, and pictures.
Slash Pix
Photo gallery of guitarist Slash.
Amazon offers G N R Lies (Audio CD),18 May, 1999
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A new side of the Gunners/Axl shows off his whistling skills / 4
When Lies came out in 1990, all we knew of Guns N' Roses was their incendiary debut, Appetite for Instruction. Even though it is often unfairly lumped in with the standard 80's "Hair Metal" genre now, that album was a gritty departure from the slick, campy rock and roll we were hearing at the time. With Lies, GNR was attempting to hold their audience over until they completed their sprawling second effort, which would turn out to be the Use Your Illusion albums. While no one had anything to expect from this EP other than a few B-sides and throwaways along the same lines as Appetite, what we actually got was a glimpse into two totally different sides of the band, and the realization that they might be a little more versatile than anyone gave them credit for.

Side One is comprised of four live songs from 1985 or 1986. While not as technically sound as their debut, recorded less than two years later, this is a blistering account of why they generated enough buzz to warrant a record contract to begin with. After attending countless brooding metal and bad alt-rock shows at local venues, I would LOVE to go see a band who was unselfconscious enough to play "Nice Boys Don't Play Rock and Roll" and have this much fun with it. Although they hadn't all been together for too long, they played very well as a unit, careening through each song as fast and loose as they possibly could without falling apart. This was when the title "Most Dangerous Band in the World" could have been applied to their music, not their various media scandals. One surprise is how much Slash seems to borrow from Eddie Van Halen, particularly on "Reckless Life". While its no secret that virtually every guitarist in the 80's did the same, its interesting to note how quickly Slash found his own voice by the time Appetite rolled around, where there the influence is all but non-existent. In all, Side One is a great document of the band in their formative stages. The material on Appetite that was originally thought of as reckless and non-commercial now sounds well produced and primed for the arena by contrast. One can only imagine how raw and refreshing these songs would feel if they were released after the slick, and at times laborious, Use Your Illusions.

Side Two was an even more radical departure from the GNR we knew. Here we have four acoustic tracks, anchored by the massive hit "Patience". Featuring some surprisingly delicate guitar picking by Slash and Izzy, and an impassioned vocal by Axl, the song became a classic. "Used to Love Her" is nothing more than a dark novelty, but a fun one at that. "You're Crazy" is presented here in the form it was originally intended; a swaggering, menacing, Stonesy blues number. Duff's bass positively slithers behind Axl's worn-down vocals, and they make you forget that the song was originally offered as a throwaway piece of thrashy filler for Appetite.

Finally, there is the song that is inevitably brought up anytime that Lies is mentioned. The lyrics in the opening verse of "One in a Million" are so maligned that they overshadow the quality of the actual song, and often the entire EP. And, yes, they are ugly lyrics... but authentic. The lyrics are told from the point of view of a confused white boy from the country who has moved to the big city for the first time. That he would be both racist and homophobic is certainly plausible, if not likely. As far as the criticism goes, I don't believe that Axl was that person when he recorded the song, but he certainly was able to conjure him up convincingly. That's why the lyrics still make me flinch, just like I do when a co-worker or acquaintance says something that is unthinkably ignorant and spiteful, while similar utterances from the likes of Eminem barely register a roll of the eyes. And that sincerity that Axl injects into those distasteful lyrics is apparent throughout the rest of the weary, ragged vocal, and it's the reason that the track is one of the greatest songs the band ever recorded.

Lies is short, and it doesn't have any kind of unified vision. In other words, it's an EP. That's the only reason I can't give this recording a five star recommendation. It's certainly not the place to start if you are new to Guns N' Roses. It is, however, an absolutely essential purchase for any GNR fan, and a worthy installment in a painfully brief catalogue.

Song "Yesterdays"
Yesterday, there was so many things
I was never told
Now that I'm startin' to learn
I feel I'm growin' old

'Cause yesterday's got nothin' for me
Old pictures that I'll always see
Time just fades the pages
in my book of memories
Prayers in my pocket
And no hand in destiny
I'll keep on movin' along
with no time to plant my feet

'Cause yesterday's got nothin' for me
Old pictures that I'll always see
Some things could be better
if we'd all just let them be

Yesterday's got nothin' for me
Yesterday's got nothin' for me
Got nothin' for me

Yesterday there were so many things
I was never shown
Suddenly this time I found
I'm on the streets and I'm all alone

'Cause yesterday's got nothin' for me
Old pictures that I'll always see
I ain't got time to reminisce old novelties

Yesterday's got nothin' for me
Yesterday's got nothin' for me
Yesterday's got nothin' for me


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Release of new Guns N' Roses album postponed yet again (Asbury Park Press)
Guns N' Roses fans can cross March 6 off their calendars: The band's "Chinese Democracy" will not be released that day, as previously reported. An item about the album posted today on the official GNR Web site says "there is no official release date, as the band is currently mixing, but after some delays and scheduling difficulties, things appear to be moving along." GNR has not released a new ...
Original Guns N' Roses to reform? (Yahoo! Music via Yahoo! News)
The seminal Guns N' Roses lineup is edging closer to reforming, according to original drummer Steven Adler.
Guns N' Roses Get 'Better' Reception (Spin)
"Better," the tune speculated as Chinese Democracy 's first single, leaks to web. Spin and others weigh in.
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Attorney Richard Milstein, the guardian for Anna Nicole Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, now has custody of Anna Nicole's body.
Head-to-metalhead (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
He's the music critic who thinks Kiss is the greatest band of all time. He's the fiction writer who reviewed the forever-delayed Guns N' Roses album for April Fool's Day last year. And he's the interviewer who, in his new anthology, got inside the mind of Britney Spears. Surprise: He didn't find much there. Chuck Klosterman is one of a kind. But he's our kind, a Midwestern writer with an ...
March 13 (antiMUSIC)
(Kayos) Not to attach any undue significance to the March 13 release of November Rain In Paradise City, an unauthorized biographical documentary DVD of Guns N? Roses, but Locomotive Records will also spill beer (re-releasing Tankard?s 2000 Kings Of Beer on March 13), transmit a virus (by releasing Heavenly?s all-new second album, Virus, on March 13), ultimately resulting in World Chaos on March ...
Bang gang: Mass voices carry Boston rockers to unexpected success (Boston Her...
There's a lot to look at during a Bang Camaro show. Maybe too much. Do you watch the 6-foot-6 singer in the black Guns N' Roses tee and the black BMX biker gloves? Or the singer with the...
Gettin' the Band Back Together (UGO - UnderGroundOnline)
The news that the (still inevitable, we say) Van Halen reunion tour has been "postponed" was the first blemish on what has otherwise been a banner year for, as the title of the feature says, getting' the band back together.
Report for 02/19/06 (antiMUSIC)
Gigwise reports: Hopes the classic Guns ?N Roses line-up will take to the stage again have been raised by original drummer Stevie Adler.
GNR Reunion Talks? (antiMUSIC)
(Gigwise) Hopes the classic Guns ?N Roses line-up will take to the stage again have been raised by original drummer Stevie Adler.

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