You see I didn’t think this through fully. Back when I started this series and was posting tracks by Big Star, Caetono Veloso, Joanthan Richman and Nancy Sinatra, it didn’t cross my mind that the day would eventually arrive when I’d have to post a Guns N’ Roses video to AHFoW. Well, today that day has arrived.
Sweet Child o’ Mine was recorded for Guns N’ Roses 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction and was their only US number 1 single
Luna recorded the song as a b-side during the sessions for their fifth album The Days of Our Nights but US label at the time insisted they put it on the album. And then dropped the band before releasing it:
Here’s a radio session version from some time in 1999 (I have it listed as January 2000 but Justin is on the recording and had left the band by then so I guess the date is a broadcast date, not the recording date).
MP3: Luna – Sweet Child o’ Mine (World Café 1999)
Straight Up was written by musician, songwriter and producer Eliott Wolff for Paula Abdul in 1988. That version spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, and was certified platinum.
Luna’s version was released posthumously on the Guilty Pleasures compilation. The song was recorded around the time of Romantica but the album was shelved and didn’t see the light of day until 2007. When I first heard of its existence I asked Dean about it…
“Straight Up” was suggested by the A&R guy. I told him it wasn’t a guilty pleasure of mine – I simply don’t like the song. But it turned out okay.