In a bold attempt to ruin the iconic track ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’, Slash unintentionally made it better, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan revealed in a recent interview.
During an episode of the Songcraft podcast, the bassist said Slash objected to the song’s three-chord progression and actively sought to discard it.
As a means to completely derail the song, Slash created the now-famous atonal intro… and it backfired.
Contrary to his intentions, the unique intro proved successful, transforming the track into a ballad.
Despite Slash’s initial reservations, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” went on to become a chart-topping hit for Guns N’ Roses in 1988, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Not a bad outcome for a what Slash initially called a “sappy ballad”.
Listen to the episode here…