Thursday, March 27, 2008

Chinese Democracy?

Check this out. Dr Pepper will give everyone in America (except Slash and Buckethead) a can of their soda if Guns N Roses (aka the Axl Rose band) releases Chinese Democracy. It's a good move on Dr Pepper's part, because it gets them a lot of publicity and is unlikely to cost them a cent. I'd rather they keep their can of soda though, because the worst thing that can happen is for Chinese Democracy to see the light of day. Right now, the album has almost mythic proportions. Even if you expect it to be good, which I don't, the chances of it living up to the hype of an album whose recording began a decade ago (and whose roots reach back several years before that) are extremely slim. Everyone is waiting for this album, some for a classic and others for a train wreck. For the former, it's unlikely that this Axl-only project will compare favorably to those albums on which he collaborated with Slash, Duff and Izzy. For the latter, the album itself isn't likely to produce greater evidence that Axl Rose no longer matters musically than his inability to get the thing out. So the first camp will be happiest as long as they have hope for a good record and the latter will be happiest as long as they can laugh at Axl's inability to release the stupid record. Frankly, if he's not embarrassed that he's taken this long, why would a challenge from a soft drink company shame him into anything?

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6 Comments:

Blogger Metal Mark said...

So if the CD comes out (and it won't) then I could use it as a coaster to set my free Dr. Pepper
on?

11:26 AM  
Blogger Hard Rock Hideout said...

A coaster would be a pretty good use for it.

Have you heard the demos of Chinese Democracy?

It is pretty bad. Maybe one or two halfway decent songs. The rest is all crap.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I could drink a Dr. Pepper for every American before this album comes out.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

This story is awesome! I really can't believe they are willing to do that. I've heard some of the demos as well and a few songs are ok, but Axl's voice sounds pretty crappy.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I love Dr. Pepper, yup, I'm a Pepper, pass me a Pepper, how the chocolate cherry Diet Dr. Pepper? Remember the Be a Pepper commercials? It prompted us to sing "Be a Pecker!" But what a great soda Dr. Pepper is. Did you know it was the first soda ever made, and not Coca Cola? I'm going downstairs right now to get me a Dr. Pepper.

What's this about Chinese Democracy? Yeah, right.

2:08 PM  
Blogger The Mad Hatter said...

Axl must be hesitant to put out an album named Chinese Democracy when, ho-hum, it doesn't seem like they're moving any closer to it. He MUST be considering a new album title, and therefore, new lyrical content for the songs. Or now that he's gotten a cut of Dr. Pepper's advertisement revenues, he's going to corner Taco Bell and so you can have your Chinese Democracy with a Dr. Pepper and a taco.

8:34 AM  

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