The album that Lars Ulrich considers the “greatest rock record”
As figureheads of thrash metal, Metallica have influenced countless bands over the years with their combination of hard-hitting numbers and almost classically influenced ballads. Drummer Lars Ulrich has always had an excellent working knowledge of the contemporary music around him. He once lent great credence to the debut of Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for destruction.
Ulrich said: “What can I say about Appetite hasn’t that already been said? It is one of the few best rock records ever recorded. Appetite is genreless in a way, in that not only is it one of the best hard rock and metal records of all time, it’s also just one of the best records of all times, and he obviously shaped a generation and was the model for literally thousands of bands.
He added: “You can put [it with] Revolver and the best Rolling Stones record and the best Springsteen record and U2’s best record. It’s just one of those records that everyone has a relationship with; the record was a soundtrack to a specific part of most people’s lives.
appetite for destruction dropped out in July 1987, and the group’s debut immediately propelled them to stardom. The album would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and, as such, is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
“When I think of Appetite, I think of 1987”, continues Ulrich. “That record was in your face for about three years. When you go back and listen to it, I remember the first time I heard that. I was flying to New York; I had been in Los Angeles at the record company. My A&R guy gave me a tape ahead of time and said, ‘Look at this record of this band coming out.’ It was like two months before it came out. And ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ – that was pretty cool. I liked it; it didn’t blow my mind or anything.
He added: “But ‘It’s so easy’? I had never heard anything like it. And then when he started, ‘It’s so easy, so fucking easy’, all this attitude. I don’t I had never heard anything like it. Then in “Nightrain” there was all the bluster and attitude, then in “Out Ta Get Me”, with the spite: “They won’t catch me”. this anger and this attitude and this fucking thing. Then there is ‘Mr. Brownstone’ and ‘Paradise City.’
There had to be something about appetite for destruction, especially in 1987 when, for the most part, glam rock had perhaps begun to die out and classic rock was a thing of the past. Still Appetite revived that great classic rock sound and made it popular again.
Ulrich continued: “It was like four or five of those songs – I was literally sitting on the plane with my mouth open and my eyes like, ‘What did I just hear?’ Those 20 minutes. Then when I got off the plane – it was a red eye – I called my guy in LA and I was like, ‘What?! Who is this? Where is this from? what its coming from?’ And that was the start of something life changing.
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