The first in a new season of Classic Rock‘s podcast series The 20 Million Club is out now, with a look at Guns N’ Roses’ game-changing Appetite For Destruction, the best-selling debut album of all-time.
Hosted by British broadcasting legend Nicky Horne, The 20 Million Club also features guests appearances from Classic Rock Editor Siân Llewellyn, alongside Scott Rowley, former Classic Rock Editor-In-Chief (and current Content Director of Music at Future), as well as Paul Elliott, the first UK journalist to interview Guns N’ Roses.
Arriving at a time when bland dance and ten-a-penny pop dominated the charts, Guns N’ Roses were like a whirlwind of thrilling, drug-fuelled hedonism when they first came to prominence in 1987. A streetwise hurricane of equal parts Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Aerosmith, the members’ love of Hanoi Rocks gave them a glam dash, but underneath lurked a fertile hunger that was simply dangerous. Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll: that’s what the Guns N’ Roses who recorded Appetite For Destruction were made of.
But Appetite was remarkable for many reasons – no one saw it coming, but it gave us the band who, in one fell swoop, redefined what rock’n’roll was all about in the days pre-Nirvana and helped shape the rock landscape we see before us today.
This is the first episode of season 2 of The 20 Million Club, but you can catch up on the first series now. Since launch the team have argued the merits of AC/DC’s Back In Black, Led Zeppelin’s 4th album, Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill, Queen’s Greatest Hits, Prince’s Purple Rain, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell.