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Guns N' Roses - It's So Easy (1987)

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“It’s So Easy” is a song by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses, appearing on their 1987 debut ...

“It’s So Easy” is a song by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses, appearing on their 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction. The song was released as the band’s first single on June 15, 1987, in the UK, where it reached number 84 on the UK Singles Chart as a double A-Side with “Mr. Brownstone”. It was also released in Germany around the same time.

Composition

According to an interview published in Hit Parader in March 1988, “It’s So Easy” is “an account of a time Duff McKagan and West Arkeen, and also the rest of the band, were kinda going through. They didn’t have money, but they had a lot of hangers on and girls [they] could basically live off of … things were just too easy. There’s an emptiness; it’s so easy.”

In an Eddie Trunk interview from 2006, Axl Rose said that McKagan and Arkeen originally wrote the song as an acoustic “Hippie Ya-Ya” song, and that it was Slash’s decision to turn it into a rock song. McKagan stated that Arkeen taught him about alternate tuning, leading the song to have a more distinctive sound, saying “without open-E tuning, that song wouldn’t have happened”, that’s why West has songwriting credit on it.”

Music video

In October 10, 1989, over two years after the release of the original single, a promo video was made for “It’s So Easy”. The video features the band playing live in front of a crowd on stage at the Cathouse nightclub in Hollywood. A heavily edited version of the video was later made for promotional purposes. It was not included on the band’s Welcome to the Videos DVD, and as such its content is rare and can only be found on the internet. At the time the video was released, Guns N’ Roses were not as popular as they would eventually become, the single was never released in the United States and its video was never accepted by MTV.

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