Released on 21 July 1987, the debut album - the debut album - from Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction, was a lightning bolt of sex, swagger and rock 'n' roll, with an incredible combination of everything that makes the genre great: impeccable songwriting, brilliant melodies, the astonishing bluesy solos of Slash, the bloodcurdling scream of Axl, and the groovin' rhythm section of Steven and Duff.
Guns N' Roses had the lot - the style, the attitude, and the tunes to back it all up - and they knew it.
But here are 16 things about this behemoth of a record that you may not know. Read on and see if you can learn something...
A plethora of songs
By the time it came to record Appetite for Destruction, the band had amassed a huge array of songs for consideration. Back Off Bitch, You Could Be Mine, November Rain and Don't Cry could all have been included, but they ended up saving them for the Use Your Illusion records. It's probably a good thing they did, so that they were big enough by then to get the budget to make the November Rain video as grandiose as it needed to be.
Big name producers
Where is the jungle?
The 'jungle' in album opener Welcome to the Jungle is Los Angeles. Axl wrote the words while visiting a friend in Seattle, saying, "It's a big city, but at the same time, it's still a small city compared to L.A. and the things that you're gonna learn. It seemed a lot more rural up there. I just wrote how it looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want."
Mr Brownstone was written about Slash and Izzy's heroin habit, with the lyrics being hastily scribbled onto the back of a grocery bag, before being given to Axl.
Slash has stated that Paradise City is his favourite Guns N' Roses song. It is also the only song on the record to feature a synthesizer - played by Axl, who is also listed as performing 'whistle' on the credits.
It's gettin' dark, too dark to see
A live version of the band's cover of Bob Dylan's Knockin' on Heaven's Door was featured as the B-side to My Michelle (promo), Welcome To The Jungle (12"), Nightrain (12", CD). They, of course, ended up recording a studio version of it for the Days of Thunder soundtrack, which was then modified for their own Use Your Illusion II album.
Where do we go now?
The 'where do we go now' lyric in Sweet Child o' Mine was a happy accident. While recording the demo, producer Spencer Proffer suggested adding a breakdown towards the end of the song. Unable to work out exactly what to do, he started talking to himself saying, "Where do we go? Where do we go now?" and Proffer said he should sing that.
Sweet dog o' mine
A live version of AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie was featured on the 1987 UK vinyl singles of Welcome to the Jungle and the 1988 Live from the Jungle album. Axl ended up singing it with the band for real when he filled in on lead vocals for their recent tour dates.
The pornographic noises heard in the middle of Rocket Queen are real - they were recorded after Axl Rose asked a girl named Adriana Smith - who was seemingly going out with Steve Adler at the time - if she would have sex with him in a vocal booth at the studios the band were using to mix the album and for it to be recorded. She agreed to do it, "For the band, and a bottle of Jack Daniel's."
The actual 'Rocket Queen', however, was Barbi Von Greif, a girl who Axl wrote the song for.