Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday MiniMix

MiniMix (noun)
Def: a ten to fifteen minute mp3 containing a mix of songs which often share a loosely common theme

This week I thought I'd revisit Guns 'n' Roses, or at least the band's guitarists. After putting out Use Your Illusion I & II in 1991, the band toured the world extensively and began its implosion. Over the next couple of years following the band's breakup, the three guitarists, Slash, Izzy Stradlin and Gilby Clarke, made 'solo' records. Izzy and Gilby took on singing duties on their albums, and (thankfully!) Slash hired someone else to sing in his band. In a typically incestuous fashion, Slash played on Gilby's record, Gilby played on Slash's record, and Gilby invited G'n'R singer Axl Rose to sing a song with him. Izzy, who left the band before it ended, didn't involve his former bandmates in the making of his album.

The three records are pretty good rock records - lots of dirty, bluesy guitar riffs, a plethora of solos, and generally cheesy lyrics (but in a good way). I don't find myself listening to them much anymore, but I went back for a listen before making this MiniMix and I have to say, though the records sound a little dated, they're still good listens.
MiniMix 09-17-07
Check out the three records here:

Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars
Izzy Stradlin - Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds

Check out previous MiniMixes by clicking the label "Monday Morning MiniMix" below.



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