Original Song: Rolling Stones "Sympathy For The Devil" (1968)


For their first few years of existence, they did fine with remakes —Rose Tattoo's “Nice Boys,” Aerosmith's “Mama Kin,” “Knockin' On Heaven's Door,” pretty much all of 1993's all-covers The Spaghetti Incident? (best excavation: UK Subs' “Down On The Farm”), which in retrospect ties with GN'R Lies as their second-best album. (“Live And Let Die”?? Um…shhh.)

But by '94 they were imploding—Slash, Duff, and cloddish drummer Matt Sorum soon on the way out, Paul Tobias (whoever the hell) just joined. Axl Rose's sanity would soon go the way of his falsetto, and after this vampire soundtrack work-for-hire they would not release another single for a half-decade, and would not release another good one ever.

No doubt Axl somehow identified with this song's protagonist, but once you get past the opening tribal drums, his forced “oh yeah!”s and speech-to-screech moves can't seem anything but perfunctory. At 7:35, it's interminable.