Matt Sorum Talks ‘You Ain’t The First’
Guns N’ Roses former drummer Matt Sorum discussed the recording of the Use Your Illusion 1 song ‘You Ain’t the First’ in a new interview. He said the following about the song to Gretsch Generations
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“Producer Mike Clink, in those days, he was more like a babysitter than a producer, So we would get there at noon, and Slash was really the band leader, so we’d walk in the studio and pretty much sit down and we had all these rough forms of songs written, like working titles … and basically lay them down, and then Axl [Rose] would make sense of what it was lyrically.
But one time I remember, we went across the street to this club called Crazy Girls, which was a gentlemen’s club. We went to have our afternoon cocktails. It was happy hour, and drinks were cheap, so we had more than a couple.”
Sorum claimed Clink saw the band return and told them to go home, but they wanted to stay in the studio.
“We go, ‘Whoa, come on – we wanna jam!’ And Izzy had this strong song called ‘You Ain’t the First,’ and if you listen to it, it’s basically a drunken pirate song. But we were in the perfect state of mind to track it.”
Sorum claimed he was so intoxicated he
“could barely hit the kick drum, so he got his drum tech to “go ‘boom. I was so drunk. But the tambourine, if you listen to it, it’s even a little wobbly, but it’s kind of perfect,” adding
“So that’s what you hear on the record – acoustic guitars, a bass drum, my tech playing it because I couldn’t stand up, swinging a tambourine.”
“You go back to those older records of what we grew up to, you go, ‘Man, why is it so great? Why do I feel so much when I listen to the music, the human connection of what’s going on with the track?'” . “When you get in there and people start getting too clinical, it takes away whatever gives that sort of emotional feeling to your heart. It takes away the real human connection.
“I can’t connect to a lot of music that’s very linear – because of human nature, as a drummer even, we want to speed up and slow down,”