They are not long, the days of wine and roses.
– Ernest Dowson
A lot of people thought my career was over. If you’re not releasing records, then something must be wrong. Either the record company doesn’t like your music, or you’ve been dropped. It has to something negative. It’s not like you wanted to take a break, or want some balance, or smell the roses.
I was first influenced by a friend in fifth grade when he brought a Walkman to school and was listening to ‘Paradise City’ by Guns ‘N Roses, which he had concealed within his hoodie. He put the headphones over my ears and I was completely blown away by what I heard. I’ll never forget that.
– Darren Robinson
Who were the biggest acts in the world in 1987? Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. I shamelessly pandered to surfers and skateboarders, and in pictures from then, you’ll see Slash and those guys wearing N.W.A stuff. If they thought it was cool, people in Kansas and Wyoming would buy it. That’s how we broached the subject.
– Jerry Heller