How Guns N’ Roses Flexed Musical Muscle on Dazzling ‘Locomotive’

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On a double album full of sprawling, genre-bending opuses, Guns N’ Roses delivered arguably their most dazzling technical achievement with Use Your Illusion II‘s “Locomotive.” Clocking in at 8:42, “Locomotive” marked the second-longest song on the second Illusion disc behind “Estranged,” and it found Guns N’ Roses dabbling in the nascent funk-metal that groups like Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction had recently popularized. Following the meteoric success of Appetite for Destruction, Slash and Izzy Stradlin briefly rented a house in the Hollywood Hills, where they wrote …

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