I started thinking about the first time I'd heard of GnR. I first saw "Welcome to the Jungle" on MTV at my aunt's house. This detail is not significant. At the time, my mom was dating a guy she met at AA. I can't remember the guy's name but he was at least 10 years younger than my mom. This guy gave me a copy of Appetite for Destruction. He is also the person responsible for introducing me to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange, and The Exploited.
Why am I telling you all of this? How the fuck should I know? I just thought it was cool that one person that I only knew briefly had the power to nudge me in a direction that I'm still more or less heading today.