I just remembered something which made me smile.
It happened four (or maybe even five?) years ago at our old house. I remember my older sister’s boyfriend picked my older sister I up in his old car. I can’t remember where we were going, but I very clearly remember it was a hot day and his car was super hot from having been sitting in the sun. I remember him turning his car keys and reversing out of the driveway as his car stereo automatically came to life. A song finished and an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT song followed. It seemed to fit the heat and atmosphere of the day. I was hooked from the first few seconds, and soon enough I realised it was by Guns N’ Roses - BUT HOW DIDN’T I KNOW IT ALREADY?! I pretended to not be affected, though I was super into it, and later that day I looked up lyrics to the song and found the song was a Rolling Stones song, Dead Flowers, which Gn’R had covered in Argentina in 1993.
Finding that also led me to find an amazing cover of Wild Horses Gn’R did in Paris in 1992, which is (in my opinion) better than their cover of Dead Flowers for its sheer, gentle beauty. Gilby had nothing on Izzy, and his pairing with Slash could’ve never reached the heights of Izzy and Slash’s, but the man plays guitar beautifully all the same. This video really proves that, and for once - for once - Axl lets the song breathe for a while and then even build without his interruption, and comes in at exactly the right moment, remaining gentle, with Duff singing an even softer back-up I can’t help but think feels incomplete without Izzy. Still, what a truly magical performance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to/watched it, and just been transported somewhere else. It feels like home.
Anyway, I have adored both of these covers ever since that hot day on which I sat in the back of that hot car. And I owe it all to my older sister’s boyfriend. Who knows when I would’ve heard it otherwise.
And my older sister is probably going to read this, and tell him. And I’ll look like a Class A sentimental fool. But oh well.