Axl Rose and Noel Gallagher Should Totally Make An Album Together

Kevin Craft on Guns N’ Roses’ softer side.   Chuck Klosterman quote I take issue with:   “[November Rain is] probably the most unpunk video ever made.”

On the contrary.  Taking GNR epic was the most punk rock thing Axl Rose could have done.  November Rain is brilliant.  And Estranged? Slash emerging from the ocean like Venus?  Axl making him do it? Dolphins flying down Sunset Strip?  Are you kidding me?  Let’s not miss the sheer bravado of it all.  Call it sincerity, call it the be more awesome school of postmodern art, but don’t call it unpunk.  It’s punk to the core.  It’s the antithesis of expectation, it’s the aggrandizement of personal narrative.  It’s late 90’s Oasis six years before Be Here Now.   Noel Gallagher’s new High Flying Birds is great, but it doesn’t make me want to leap tall buildings in a single bound the way Be Here Now did and does. The way “November Rain” and “Estranged” do.  Illusion I and II aren’t Appetite For Destruction.    Be Here Now and Don’t Believe the Truth aren’t (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? or High Flying Birds.   They shouldn’t be.

Axl had the epic stuff in mind from the start.  Noel wrote “All Around the World” before most of the tracks on Definitely Maybe.  Like Axl’s Illusion albums, Be Here Now was hotly anticipated, quickly adopted, and eventually scorned.  But you wait and see: there’s going to be bare-bones-band-to-epic-arrangement revival.   I and will lead it.  On Spotify.



  1. chadhogg · May 9, 2012

    I agree that “Illusion I and II aren’t Appetite For Destruction”, but I’d say that is because the latter is one of the best albums of the last twenty years while the former are a bloated extravagance with some good tracks (including November Rain and Estranged, actually), and I’m not sure we would agree there. And I understand why you would say that doing the opposite of what you are expected to do is “punk to the core”, but there’s a difference between “acting like a punk” and “producing music that has the qualities generally agreed to describe punk rock”.

    Completely separate topic: I just read this: (the article, not the novel it is talking about). Usually writers experimenting with form and structure makes my head hurt, but if it references a touchstone of my childhood rather than Greek mythology I might have to give it a try.


  2. Christopher Cocca · May 9, 2012

    25 years, buddy. We’re getting old. =)


  3. every record tells a story · May 20, 2012

    Would Noel swap one awkward lead singer for another?


    • Christopher Cocca · May 21, 2012

      heh. Maybe just for one project. After this post, I looked up Noel’s statements about how much he was looking forward to “Chinese Democracy.” Exactly.


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