Slash Wasn’t Initially a Fan of Guns N’ Roses Hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’
It happens more frequently than you’d think, as artists go into the studio, lay down a track and expect that it will be an afterthought only to have it become one of the bigger songs of their career. In a new interview, Slash tells WEBN radio host Kidd Chris that he wasn’t initially sold on Guns N’ Roses‘ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’
The guitarist great says, “I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t fond of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is … The actual riff itself I love, but the song itself …”
Slash continued, “You know, Guns N’ Roses was always a real hardcore, sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad. That’s one of the gayest things you can write. But at the same time, it’s a great song — I’m not knocking it — but at the same time, it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sort of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had.”
‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August, 1988 and helped cement Guns N’ Roses status in the music world. Slash’s guitar solo on the track has made many a publication’s list among the best of all-time. And the song has been covered by the likes of indie rockers Luna, Sheryl Crow, international pop star Anastacia and many more over the years.
Listen to Slash With WEBN’s KiddChris