Whether you're a longtime Guns N' Roses fan or just someone who enjoys watching bands fade into pathetic late-career irrelevance, time to break out your credit card and reserve your copy of Chinese Democracy - after more than a decade of recording it's finally available for pre-order on Amazon UK! Calling this band GnR might be kind of a stretch, though: The band has seen tons of lineup changes since starting work on the record (back in 1994!), and Axl is currently the only original member in the band. Besides, can you really call a band with a logo like that Guns N' Roses?! What's up with that font? Did Axl get really into anime or something? From the looks of him, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he'd been sitting in his mom's basement in Lafayette, Indiana for the last decade eating Funyuns and watching Ghost in the Shell over and over and over again.
But it's not fair to judge a band by its logo. What better way to give Chinese Democracy the chance it deserves than by listening to its title track?
Okay... that was really awful. Did you guys hear that? How does over a decade of tinkering and fine-tuning result in such a terrible product? Is Axl simply overthinking it? Is he trying too hard to sound like the radio-friendly rock bands that are popular today? Could it be that Axl has (gasp) lost his "edge"?
I say none of the above. My theory? The drastic decline in the quality of GnR guitarist nicknames has caused a similar decline in the quality of their music. Need evidence? See for yourself:
Guitarist #1: Slash (1985-1996)
Name's Origins: "It was a family friend who nicknamed Saul Hudson "Slash". He said Slash was always in a hurry, zipping around from one thing to another." (from Slash's "official" fan site)
Awesomeness of Name (out of 10): 9
Awesomeness of Records Played on (out of 10): 9
Guitarist #2: Buckethead (2000-2006)
Name's Origins: "I was eating chicken out of a bucket that my dad brought home. It wasn't a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket either. It said "Deli Chicken" on the outside. I was eating it, and I put the mask on and then the bucket on my head. I went to the mirror. I just said 'Buckethead. That's Buckethead right there.' It was just one of those things." (from gnrsource.com)
Awesomeness of Name (out of 10): 1
Awesomeness of Records Played on (out of 10): 1
Guitarist #3: Bumblefoot (2006-present)
Seriously... Bumblefoot. Check out his guitar.
Name's Origins: "A dozen years ago I was hangin' with my gal while she was studying veterinary medicine. One of the bird diseases was called Bumblefoot - one of the treatments was to rub hemorrhoid cream on the bird's foot. I was quite touched by this, and redirected my entire life on a new path." (from guitar9.com)
Awesomeness of Name(out of 10): 0
Awesomeness of Records Played on (out of 10): 0
QED, bitches. How are you gonna argue with math?
Just what is it that makes funny people stop being funny for a living?
Being a household name doesn't exactly make someone a role model.
I know this only because that's what people told me.