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Guns N' Roses: The Spaghetti Incident? Geffen

Eric Weisbard, Spin, February 1994

LISTENING TO The Spaghetti Incident? is like hearing Use Your Illusion I and II refracted through cover versions. The first song, Axl Rose's pipe-bending 'Since I Don't Have You', a 1950s oldie, finishes with a sustained note lifted directly from 'Don't Cry'. Duff McKagan's tribute to the late New York punk rocker Johnny Thunders, 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory', invokes 'So Fine', an Illusion song McKagan dedicated to Thunders. 'Attitude', a Misfits cover, was featured on the UYI tour and video. And anyone who ever browsed through the Illusion CD booklets should find the title of the new album's first single, 'Ain't It Fun', familiar: The phrase, attributed to Stiv Bators, appears at the end of the credits page. It's kind of the informal motto of the Use Your Illusion albums, and now Guns N' Roses would like you to know where it came from. "A great song can be found anywhere," writes GNR in the liner notes to The Spaghetti Incident? "Do yourself a favor and go find the originals."

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