To be honest, I discovered this song after its heyday, but it rings true with me.

I was born in 1971, and grew up in the part of Southern California that spawned Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and in Hollywood, bands like X and the Germs. To the south in Orange County, there was TSOL and Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies from Venice, and the Minutemen from Pedro.uWe hated metal. The Sunset Strip scene of the 80s pushed hardcore out of Hollywood, and eventually killed it.


It was not until the end of the 80s that I met a friend who turned me on to metal that I would have otherwise rejected as a matter of principle. Probably to no one’s surprise, it was 1987 when I first heard Guns n Roses, and they were hard to ignore. Despite my best efforts, more and more of my friends seemed to end up being metalheads, and a Judas Priest show in Denver in 1990 sealed my fate, as did my discovery of Metallica (before they died in 1990), and Megadeth.

I am babbling.

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