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Anything Goes

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:48 am


ANYTHING GOES
Album:
Appetite for Destruction, 1987, track no. 11.

Written by:
Lyrics: Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin.
Music: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber.

Musicians:
Vocals: Axl Rose; lead Guitar: Slash; rhythm guitar: Izzy Stradlin; bass: Duff McKagan; drums: Steven Adler.

Live performances:
This song came from Hollywood Rose and was used at the first Guns N' Roses shows. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {AGSONGS} times.

Notes:
This song changed a lot before ending up as the version found on 'Appetite for Destruction'. Both the music and the lyrics were changed.
Lyrics:
I been thinkin' bout
Thinkin' bout sex
Always hungry for somethin'
That I haven't had yet
Maybe baby you got somethin' to lose
Well I got somethin', I got somethin' for you

My way - your way
Anything goes tonight
My way - your way
Anything goes

Panties 'round your knees
With your ass in debris
Doin' dat grind with a push and squeeze
Tied up, tied down, up against the wall
Be my rubbermade baby
An' we can do it all

My way - your way
Anything goes tonight


Band members talking about the song:
This is our theme song. You get to do anything you want, right? 'Anything Goes.' [The Troubadour, July 20, 1985]
Me and Izzy and this guy Chris Weber wrote it a long time ago. It's had different verses at different times. Every time I'd do it live, people liked it, but it just depressed the shit outta me on stage. (...) We did it real fast. Then we wrote another version about our times at the old studio and we kept that for a while. Then we came down to record it, we decided we didn't want to cut the track. But Tom [Zutaut; Geffen A&R man] was very adamant about having that song recorded, so we figured 'we're gonna have to rewrite it.' In preproduction we came up with something we liked a lot better, but the verses weren't written until the night we recorded the song. Basically, I just wanted that song an 'anything goes in sex' type song [An Interview With The Gunners, Hit Parader - March 1988]
Talking about the time when he entered the band: Izzy and Axl already had some songs, and the other guys knew them: "Think About You," "Anything Goes," "Move To The City," "Shadow of Your Love," and "Don't Cry." And we did sped-up punk versions of the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 59]
Mike [Clink; producer on Appetite for Destruction] asked me to change 'Anything Goes' and that really hit a nerve. "Fuck you, don't tell us how to write songs." I got so pissed because you don't meddle with the music. I pouted, stomped around, and behaved like a real dick. (...) So we tried the idea, and to my surprise, it came out great. My resistance had just been from a deep-seated desire to guard our songs, and no one messes with GNR's tunes. (...) Mike's change happens right when Axl starts singing the first verse. It was initially at a slower time, and his idea made it faster and like I said, better ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010]
That used to be a 12 1/2 minute song [An Interview With The Gunners, Hit Parader - March 1988]
Used to be speed metal [An Interview With The Gunners, Hit Parader - March 1988]
Being asked what his favourite song off Appetite is: And after [Think About You] it would be 'Anything Goes,' which is probably the oldest song on the record. By the time we recorded it for Appetite, that song had been played by so many different configurations of the band and gone through so many revisions. It came out cool in the end, I guess, but it's a little choppy as far as arrangement is concerned   [20 Years of Appetite, Classic Rock Magazine, July 2007]
'Anything Goes' is one of the oldest songs on record. If you look at the credits, there are a lot of writers listed for this one because that song was around before Axl and I first hooked up. By the time Guns N' Roses got to it, we'd changed the chorus and the verses around, and Axl rewrote the lyrics.When I recorded the solo on it, I bounced back and forth between the talk box and the electric guitar. If you listen to it, the talk box dips in EQ when it switches over. I didn't know any better because I didn't have one to use live. I remember when we were mixing it, Izzy asked, "Did you mean to do that?" I was like, "Just shut up." [Back to the Jungle, Guitar Edge Magazine, March 2007]

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Re: Anything Goes

Post by 666 on Tue May 22, 2012 7:25 am

was the AFD final version ever played live? I've heard the earlier versions with different lyrics live before but can't recall ever hearing the AFD version live
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Post by Soulmonster on Tue May 22, 2012 8:30 am

I don't think it was.
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Post by 666 on Tue May 22, 2012 8:36 am

ahhh, so Anything Goes can be added to the short list of GNR recorded original songs that were never performed live. Get In The Ring, Shotgun Blues, My World, Don't Damn Me, Anything Goes.
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Post by Soulmonster on Tue May 22, 2012 8:38 am

I guess we can add 'Sympathy for the Devil' on that list as well as a few numbers from The Spaghetti Incident?!.
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Post by 666 on Tue May 22, 2012 8:45 am

I meant to say original GNR songs. But if you want to add other recorded songs..Sympathy For The Devil and most of TSI.

Off the top of my head, what was played live from TSI? Attitude, bits of Since I Don't Have You, Down On The Farm. I think that's it.
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Post by Soulmonster on Tue May 22, 2012 8:53 am

I couldn't remember, but checked the archive and Hair of the Dog has been played at least once.
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