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Nice Boys

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:57 am


NICE BOYS
Album:
Lies, track no. 2
Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, track no. 2.

Written by:
Rose Tattoo.

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

Live performances:
Nice Boys was mainly played in the early days but has been played now and then after that. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {NICEBOYSSONGS} times.
Lyrics:
She hit town like a rose in
       bloom
       Smellin' sweet, sweet perfume
       The color faded the petals died
       Down in the city no one cried
       In the streets garbage lies
       Protected by a million flies
       The roaches so big you know that they got bones
       Moved in and made a tenement home I said
     
Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       I'm not a nice boy!

Sweet sixteen she was fresh and clean
       Wanted so bad to be part of the scene
       She met the man and she did the smack
       She paid the price layin' flat on her back
       Wanted so bad just to please the boys
       Then ended up just being a toy
       Played so hard burned her life away
       Lies were told no promises made
       You know
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       I'm not a nice boy!
       And I never was

Young and fresh when she hit town
       Hot for kicks just to get around
       But now she lays in a filthy room
       She kills the pain with a fuck and a spoon
       In the streets garbage lies
       Protected by a million flies
       You know the roaches so big
       You know that they got bones
       Moved in and made a tenement home
     
Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Na Na Na Na Na Na, baby
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       I'll bet your mamma said, Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys don't play rock and roll
       Nice boys


Information:
This Rose Tattoo cover came from Hollywood Rose, it was actually on a Hollywood Rose demo tape together with 'Reckless Life' and 'Shadow of Your Love' that was handed to Steven by Izzy before GN'R was founded ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010].

Quotes:
This is our theme song, 'Nice Boys Don't Play Rock N' Roll' [The Troubadour, June 6, 1985].

I wanna dedicate this song to the band Poison. This is called 'Nice Boys Don't Play Rock N' Roll' [The Troubadour, September 20, 1985].

This is dedicated to everybody that thinks this band has a bad attitude. This is called 'Nice Boys Don't Play Rock N' Roll' [The Troubadour, November 22, 1985].

Axl told me that the first concert he saw live was Aerosmith [Soulmonster: must have been sometime between 1979 and 1984][...]. The band Rose Tattoo opened up the show, turning Axl on to them and inspiring him later to have our band perform the Rose Tattoo classic 'Nice Boys' ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010].

The only stuff they overdubbed [Soulmonster: While recording the songs for Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide] was the backing vocals. If you listen closely to "Nice Boys", you can hear Axl singing backup to his own vocals ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010].

Our next stop was Australia; we did a short tour that hit Sydney and Melbourne, and since our record was just barely cracking their consciousness, we resuscitated a few covers, like 'Marseilles' by the Angels and 'Nice Boys Don't Play Rock 'N' Roll,' which is by one of Australia's greatest rock bands, Rose Tattoo. We made a point of getting in touch with them and arranging to meet, and I must say that the leader of their band, Angry Anderson, was everything I though he'd be. Angry had more tattoos than anyone I'd ever seen, and he was every bit as real and honest as I'd hoped for [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 259].
 

'Nice Boys' performed live at The Music Machine, USA, September 13, 1986 (?):


'Nice Boys' performed live in San Sebastián, Spain, October 10, 2010:



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Re: Nice Boys

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:18 am

I had the add the San Sebastián performance. Any other favorite performances of this song?
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