But the reason I mention GNR is because hearing those two songs from Appetite for Destruction reminded me of something I saw on my niece's* Facebook wall the other day:
Two things about this amuse me. First, it's funny that my niece is making the same complaint in 2014 about the mass production of Guns and Roses shirts that early GNR fans -- the ones who knew them from the LA club scene, and when MTV was only playing their videos in the after-hours rotation -- made in 1988. (That I assume they made, anyway. Band fans like nothing more than complaining when their favorite bands become popular.) Second, it's funny that a sincere love of Guns N Roses has come to be seen as a sign of edginess among the youth of today. GNR was a massive mainstream success, with a half-dozen Top 10 singles and five multi-platinum albums. Liking GNR is about as edgy as liking, I don't know, Nickelback. It might be less.
* Not my niece. Our familial relationship almost defies description, so for shorthand purposes I think of her as a niece.