Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Guns N' Roses, $850 billion dollar bailout, and Paul Begala!

I went to Buffalo Wild Wings last night to meet my friend Josh. It was 40 cent wing night, but I didn't have any, but what I did have was a debate which I am proud to say I clearly won. It wasn't even a matter of me executing "debate tactics" which would trick the observers into thinking I was fairly objective, not a hard a opinion to back up at all. As it went, my friend Josh claimed that Guns N' Roses, as famous and influential as they were, "had no more than 4 or 5 good songs". What? My mind was blown at that moment. While I do think it becomes harder to justify Axl Rose's antics as the bands career evolved into the 90's, that is not the argument. I am not here to back up Axl, he's an egomaniacal pre-madonna who definitely had a hard time retaining his "Appetite for Destruction" badass-ness as their fame continued to skyrocket. I don't think anyone would disagree with me on the point that "Appetite" era GnR remains to be their apex, but come on! Use Your Illusions 1 and 2 were great! Even after losing Steven Adler and replacing him with the major, chump of a drummer Matt Sorum, Duff and Slash still held it down, Gilby Clark was alright too, Axl just became erratic, paranoid or something. But the songs are still there, just listen to Garden of Eden! "Proof is in the Pudding" the colloquialism proclaims. Although this debate is obviously subjective, I will venture beyond the diplomacy of rational debate and be so bold as to claim that my friend Josh is objectively wrong!! He asked me to list more than five songs by GnR that are good songs...and I easily did so, as you see below.

1. Night Train
2. You Could Be Mine
3. Sweet Child o' Mine
4. Get In the Ring
5. Civil War
6. Garden of Eden
7. Paradise City
8. Welcome to the Jungle
9. Rocket Queen
10. My Michelle
11. November Rain
13. Mr. Brownstone
14. It's So Easy
15. Don't Cry

further evidence:

Also, this bailout bill that has now somehow reached 850 billion dollars...ugh. Apparently, there is overwhelming negative reaction coming from constituents and citizens, but I guess it still has a possibility of passing? Government working for the people eh? Well, maybe it won't pass, who knows? But both McCain and Obama support it, I don't believe I do. Crazy times. Jacob and I are in Fayetville Arkansas watching CNN....Lou Dobbs is not stoked, it's cute. While Jacob and I were in the St. Louis airport today, we met Paul Begala!! We gave him a CD, he gave us his new book entitled, "Third Term"...ha! There is a picture of him and I above.


Blogger Guinevere said...

amen, sister.

5:21 PM

Blogger Zach said...

One of my friends (also named Zach) is a huge GNR fan, would have named off the entire discography sans chinese democracy and claimed them to be "good songs" I like how you have night train #1.

PS I heard a clip of a Chris Cornell tune today, and let me tell you, it reeked of cheese.

9:15 PM

Blogger Melanie said...

I'm not a huge GNR fan, but they are o.k. However, I think you would easily win the argument. The problem with music is that it is so subjective sometimes. People tend to define good as what they like, and we generally all like different things. LOL

As for the economic bailout.. I think we may agree on that one. I still am not quite certain what should be done at this point. It may not matter. I think for some time how we have just delayed the inevitable. I wish I could say that I was one of the few not in debt right now.

Love the pic, btw. :)

2:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha lou dobbs. the reason i watch cnn.

8:01 PM


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