Can you believe that Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II came out thirty years ago?!   Yowza!   G’N’R released this double album (in which parts I and II were sold separately) on September 17th, 1991.

I love Use Your Illusion for how diverse it is.   Of course, “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War”, “You Could Be Mine”, and more hits were featured on the record.   But let’s check out some of the awesome and yet lesser-known tracks!   Behold!  It’s East Side Dave’s Top 5 Deep Cuts From Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion…so get in the ring, baby!

 

“Locomotive”

This song is an epic eight-minute masterpiece which has some of Slash’s greatest guitar work…EVER.   Plus, the phrase “Use your illusion” is uttered during this track…hence the name of the album.

 

“You Ain’t The First”

A vindictive and yet funny masterpiece about a breakup.   Nothing like a little smack talk when the relationship sh*t hits the fan!

 

“Perfect Crime”

Don’t ask me to say exactly what this song is about.   I have no idea!   This vintage, rapid-fire, G’N’R track comes at you full throttle as Axl spews lyrics like a snake shooting venom.   This song really ROCKS.

 

“Pretty Tied Up”

One of the songs written by rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin…this prophetic tune predicts the dissolution of a great rock and roll band.   Hmmm…wonder who Izzy was talking about?

 

“Coma”

I still don’t know how G’N’R didn’t make a video for this epic.   In the vein of a “November Rain” or “Estranged”…this ten-minute classic brings the full Guns N’ Roses experience: amazing guitars, great vocals, attitude, ROCK.

 

 

 

Guns N’ Roses - ‘Use Your Illusion I and II’ - Released September 17, 1991

Released September 17, 1991.

 

 

 

"East Side" Dave McDonald. Co-Host Of The Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM). Digital Content Coordinator & Producer.