Welcome to the Jungle

“Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games. We got everything you want. Honey, we know the names…”

Who knew that one of the most iconic rock songs of the 80s went virtually unnoticed for more than a year when it was first released?

Well, we did… and Guns N’ Roses knew, too.

“Welcome to the Jungle” fizzled out worse than a week-old open bottle of ginger ale, but after the resounding success of GNR’s second single “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (What is it with this band and apostrophes?), “Jungle” was given another shot. And thus, Christmas of 1988 became a very special GNR Christmas. Welcome to the Jungle, baby. You’re gonna die.

Written by Axl, with music by Slash, the song showed us all that GNR had a bit of a gnarly edge to themselves and that “Child” wasn’t a fluke. And that the days of pretty-boy hair metal were coming to a rather abrupt end.

In all, “Jungle” spend 17 weeks on the charts (the second time around), peaking at #7 in December 1988. It may have taken us a while to warm up to it, but dammit, we’re glad we finally came around.

“Watch it bring you to your sha-na-na-na-na-na knees!”

We ♥ Welcome to the Jungle.

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~ by weheartthe80s on February 1, 2012.

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