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Encyclopedia > Welcome to the Jungle
"Welcome to the Jungle"
"Welcome to the Jungle" cover
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album Appetite for Destruction
Released 1987
Format Vinyl single (7", 12")
Cassette
CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Hard rock
Length 04:33
Label Geffen
Writer Axl Rose
Slash
Producer Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses singles chronology
"It's So Easy"
(1987)
"Welcome to the Jungle"
(1987)
"Sweet Child o' Mine"
(1987)
Appetite for Destruction track listing
"Welcome to the Jungle"
(1)
"It's So Easy"
(2)

"Welcome to the Jungle" is the first track from Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction, and also on their Greatest Hits album. Perhaps one of the most well-known rock anthems of the 1980s, the song is still recognized and regularly played at sporting events worldwide. Image File history File links Welcometothejungle. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Alternate cover The original, banned cover of Appetite for Destruction. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... W. Axl Rose[1][2] (born William Bruce Rose, Jr. ... Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), more widely known as Slash, is an English/American guitarist best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses and as the current lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see Its So Easy (disambiguation). ... Appetite for Destruction track listing Music sample Sweet Child o Mine Problems? See media help. ... Alternate cover The original, banned cover of Appetite for Destruction. ... For other uses, see Its So Easy (disambiguation). ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... The Rundown (also known as Welcome to the Jungle) is an action film starring The Rock and Seann William Scott about a bounty hunter/enforcer/aspiring chef named Beck who must head for the Amazon Rainforest to capture someone. ... Chronology Welcome to the Jungle is the season 4 premiere of the dramedy television series Entourage. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Alternate cover The original, banned cover of Appetite for Destruction. ... Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Guns N Roses. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...

Contents

Origins

"Welcome to the Jungle" was written by Axl Rose (lyrics; music) and Slash. According to Rose, the inspiration for the lyrics came from an encounter he and a friend had with a homeless man while they were hitchhiking through New York. [1] Trying to put a scare into the young runaways, the man yelled at them, "You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby, you're gonna die!". The incident made such an impact, Axl turned it into one of the most revered hard rock hits of all time. The eponymous line was also featured in the 1984 song "Underwater World" by the Finnish glam punk band Hanoi Rocks, whom Rose has acknowledged as inspiration. W. Axl Rose[1][2] (born William Bruce Rose, Jr. ... Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), more widely known as Slash, is an English/American guitarist best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses and as the current lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the year. ... Glam punk is glam rock and punk rock music. ... Hanoi Rocks is a Finnish rock band formed in 1979, their most successful period came in the early 1980s. ...


While the New York incident inspired the lyrics, the song was written in Seattle, and described Los Angeles. In a 1988 interview with Hit Parader magazine, Rose stated, "I wrote the words in Seattle. It's a big city, but at the same time it's still a small city compared to L.A. and the things that you're gonna learn. It seemed a lot more rural up there. I just wrote how it looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want." [2] City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Another line, "I wanna watch you bleed" was originally written as an allusion to AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", and that song's lyric "I want you to bleed for me," but Axl changed the lyrics about a week before recording because the timing of the revised lyric was better. This article is about about the band. ...


Video

"Welcome to the Jungle" was Guns N' Roses' first music video, directed by Nigel Dick and filmed on August 1 and 2, 1987 at the Park Plaza Hotel and 450 S. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Nigel Andrew Robertson Dick (born at Catterick, North Yorkshire, England on 21 March 1953) is an English music video and film director, writer and musician based in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The video begins with Axl Rose stepping off a bus with a suitcase, dressed as a naive newcomer to the city, as the opening riff plays. He notices a man in a straitjacket (Rose, in another role) on television screens in a store window and he stops to look. The video then delves into deeper depictions of things such as shock therapy, military abuse and other poisons of the big city, showing the metropolis as the true jungle. At the end of the video, Rose is still standing in front of the television screens, but now has the attitude and attire of a rocker. A straitjacket seen from the rear (with some added restraints) A leather straitjacket with leg irons A straitjacket is a garment shaped like a jacket with overlong sleeves. ... Shock therapy is the deliberate and controlled induction of some form or state of shock for the purpose of psychiatric treatment. ...


Other members of the band appear in various roles in the clip: Izzy Stradlin portrays a drug dealer who approaches Rose when he steps off the bus (ironically enough, in the Use Your Illusion II song 14 Years Stradlin says "I've been the dealer/Hangin' on your street"). In the beginning of the video, Slash can be seen sitting on the ground in front of the TV store window, drinking from a paper bag. He has vanished at the end of the clip. Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell on April 8, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N Roses from 1985 to 1991. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


"Welcome to the Jungle" was not immediately successful. Initially, MTV refused to play the video. They only agreed to air the clip in the middle of the night as a special personal favor to David Geffen, the head of Guns N' Roses' record label; and then, only after they had censored parts of it, including some of the news footage and part of the sequence with drummer Steven Adler and his girlfriend in bed. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ... Steven Adler (born January 22, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American rock drummer. ...


In spite of the early morning airtime, the clip caught viewers' attention and quickly became MTV's most requested video. The video and single received another boost of publicity when "Welcome to the Jungle" was featured in The Dead Pool in the summer of 1988. The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series. ...


"Welcome to the Jungle" and Noriega

The song was famously used during the Operation Just Cause invasion of Panama in 1989. When Manuel Noriega fled to the Vatican Embassy in Panama, U.S. troops surrounded the embassy and played loud music. Noriega enjoyed opera and detested rock music in general. Combatants United States Panama Commanders General Carl W. Stiner Manuel Noriega Strength 27,684+ 3,000+ Casualties 23 Dead, 324 Wounded 450 Military, 200-4,000 Civilian U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division (light) soldiers prepare to take La Comandancia in the El Chorrillo neighborhood of Panama City, December 1989. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... For other persons named Noriega, see Noriega (disambiguation). ...


The Washington Post News Service reported, "With U.S. troops at the Vatican embassy continuing to wage psychological warfare against Noriega by blaring rock music over loudspeakers and greeting him with a hearty 'Gooood Morning Panama'." And so, to irritate and intimidate him (and to enjoy themselves in the process), the troops set up their loudspeakers and blasted the Vatican embassy with some "good ol' kickass American rock 'n' roll" — Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" was the first song to come roaring through the speakers. These were eventually stopped upon request by the Vatican. A few days later, Noriega surrendered due to international pressure. ...


However, despite the popular conception that the music was a form of psychological torture aimed at Noriega, it has since been revealed that the entire operation was merely meant to prevent press organizations equipped with parabolic microphones from listening in on delicate negotiations occurring within the embassy. Reference. A parabolic microphone uses a parabolic reflector to collect and focus sound waves onto a microphone receiver, in much the same way that a parabolic antenna (e. ...


Accolades

The song is considered to be one of the greatest hard rock hits of all time.


Honors for the song include:

  • Ranked #2 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[1]
  • Ranked #467 on Rolling Stones' "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
  • Ranked #764 on Q Magazine's 1001 Best Songs Ever [3]
  • Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest 80s Songs.
  • Named the "greatest song about Los Angeles" by a poll in Blender magazine. [4]

This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...

Use in film and other media

  • "Welcome to the Jungle" has been featured in several motion pictures. In Clint Eastwood's 1988 film The Dead Pool, it was the song sung by Jim Carrey's rock star character; it was also featured on the movie's soundtrack. It has also appeared in Lean on Me and in Selena during the scene in which a barber is cutting a person's hair and several people are trashing a hotel room.
  • In the 2004 PlayStation 2 (2005 PC and Xbox) video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the song is included on the playlist of alternative-metal station Radio X. Ironically, Axl Rose voices the DJ of its rival station K-DST, which plays classic rock, where he routinely bashes Radio X as "whining teenagers who should just go away." "Welcome to the Jungle" was also featured in trailers for the game.
  • In Celebrity Deathmatch, Axl and Slash's comments while fighting is taken from the lyrics of "Jungle".
  • The song is used as theme music for the syndicated sports program The Jim Rome Show and is played at the bottom of each hour of the show.
  • A parody, "Welcome to the Summer", was used as the theme song of Australian radio station Triple M during the late 1990s.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has parodied the video for his own video, "UHF".
  • Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this as a Lounge version on the 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction. The band Big Daddy recorded a doo-wop version to the tune of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on their 1991 album Cutting Their Own Groove.
  • Industrial metal band Pigface has also covered "Welcome to the Jungle."
  • John 5 recorded an instrumental cover of "Welcome to the Jungle" for his 2007 album The Devil Knows My Name.
  • Grindcore band Hewhocorrupts has also covered this song on their album called The Discographer.
  • In the video game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, the character Axel makes a reference to the song where he states, "Welcome to the Colosseuem; we've got fun and games!"
  • The song has been used three times in The Simpsons. It has been featured in "Marge on the Lam", "Eight Misbehavin'" and "Mobile Homer". Also, in "Bart Has Two Mommies", Ned Flanders sings a parody of the song while padding his backyard so that his sons Rod and Todd do not get hurt by playing.
  • The song will be a master track in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, where you play it with Slash after beating him in a boss battle with an originally-composed track by him.
  • The song is often heard during Cincinnati Bengals home games due to the teams home stadium, Paul Brown Stadium's jungle-esque theme. The stadium's nickname is "The Jungle".
  • There is a quest in World of Warcraft in the Stranglethorn Vale called "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • The song is also played at the beginning of virtually every game in the National Lacrosse League
  • The song is played as an introduction for the Minnesota Vikings during every home game.
  • The Manchester Monarchs use the song as an introduction at their home games.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles play the song during kick off at their home games.
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders play the song right before and during song.
  • "Welcome to the Jungle" was also the theme song of the professional wrestler Mick Foley[citation needed]
  • The University of Connecticut Football Team plays the opening riffs of the song at every home game. It is usually played whenever the visiting team is in a down and long scenerio, but mostly used on Third Down to pump the crowd up to help the Defense.

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Welcome to the Jungle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (856 words)
Welcome To The Jungle was also the alternate title for the movie The Rundown.
"Welcome to the Jungle" is the first track and the first single released from Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction.
A parody, "Welcome to the Summer", was used as the theme song of Australian radio station Triple M during the late 1990s.
CiN Weekly - Welcome to the jungle (570 words)
The ballet staging of The Jungle Book promises to present the exploits of Mowgli the man-cub and his family of benevolent predators with creativity and flair.
The familiar story, about an orphaned boy in colonial India raised by jungle animals and eventually reintroduced to human society, is directed and choreographed by Children's Theater artistic director Jack Louiso.
The sounds that Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and the other characters dance to will be familiar to a lot of adults in the audience, but not from their children's CD collections.
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