Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Retooled as 1920s New Orleans Jazz

Thanks to the efforts of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and singer Miche Braden, the world now knows how heavy metal rockers, Guns N’ Roses sound with their knees rouged up and their stockings down.

Their New Orleans jazz take on 1987’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” replaces the preening rock god sensitivity of the original with a sort of mature, female swagger harkening all the way back Bessie Smith. (Braden’s stage credits include turns as Billie Holiday, Valaida Snow, and Ma Rainey.)

The backup musicians get in on the fun, too, retooling Slash’s guitar solo as a horn-driven cakewalk. I know which party I’d rather hit!

Over the years, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” has proved a remarkably study workhorse, withstanding attempts to make it over as electronica, a Gregorian Chant and Brazilian prog rock. Or how about this version played on the Guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument. Postmodern Jukebox’s entry into this stakes is not without gimmick, but it’s a winning one.

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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, and Chief Primatologist of the long running zine, The East Village Inky. Follow her @AyunHalliday


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  1. Brent says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 4:20 am

    Keep singing your SONG! MAMA LAwdy!

  2. Diana says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 5:43 am

    Fantastic!!!

  3. Mike says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 7:20 am

    Smoking arrangement….totally killed it….fantastic!

  4. Jennifer says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 7:56 am

    Magnificently done!

  5. Mary Ellen says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Wow. Just. Wow.

  6. mjohn says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Just fantastic! More please!

  7. michelle says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 11:51 am

    I think I just shed a happy tear. Yum!

  8. colin sparks says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    This is by far my favorite version of the song! If it comes out on CD, I’m buying it.

  9. Lew Derwith says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Momma’s got it…..the rest of you boys…..”Once more with FEELING!”

  10. Amanda says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    I loved this song before and think I love it even more this way! Way to sing it!!!!

  11. Bobbie Burlesque says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    LOVED IT! Especially that last note hit! Oh yea!

  12. Bakki says . . . | February 20, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    F***in BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Jill Klies says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 12:11 am

    That is fkn AWESOME!!!

  14. HC Carey says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 5:41 am

    Wow, loved it. Magnificent job. Never liked the original song, but now I see it in a whole new way

  15. K DelValle says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 6:26 am

    Did Axl have more plastic surgery?????
    He sure sounds better!!!

  16. Sally Black says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 6:26 am

    Best thing I’ve heard in years! And the Grammy goes to…..

  17. Jenny Linderström says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 6:57 am

    Awesome!

  18. Dawn C. says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:13 am

    I felt the overwhelming urge to start clapping and yelling WOOOOO!!! at the end :D

  19. Griffin Baron says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Bluegrass take of Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven” by Chicago band, Gussied. https://youtube.com/watch?v=vRT0ow-L4sI

  20. Jennifer says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:53 am

    Please please please put this on iTunes or something, please!

  21. secyw says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:54 am

    amazing!!!

  22. Jennifer says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 9:06 am

    I’m going to check our postmodern jukebox on iTunes, thanks!

  23. Jenny says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Spectacular!

  24. Collette says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 11:31 am

    OMG SING it Sister!!!! This was AMAZING!!! Looking this band up now for more!! Just WOW.

  25. Bill Singer says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    Dynamite

  26. james birkbeck says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    It’s great! :-D

  27. Phillip Hill says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Much better than the original!!!!

  28. Cajun69 says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    Pesonaly i like the rock version Axle rose did a little better But this girl brings a Whole new cool to a Great Song she hit it staight out of the blues fest!! hope to see her some where!

  29. Maggie says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    I could listen to them all Sunday long, it’s that good and so full of life. Bravo.

  30. deadpammy says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    amazing :)

  31. Gail says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 7:05 am

    LOVE THIS!!!! Is this version available on iTunes or Spotify????

  32. barb says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 9:34 am

    This was beyond awesome ! She needs to sing our national anthem at a big sporting event !

  33. indienoir says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Incredible. Sensational. AHMAYZING.

  34. Justin says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 11:09 am
  35. Gwenanne says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Whoa, Seth – you have some great taste in music!

  36. Sunsheyen says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Take me to the juke joint!

  37. Kathryn Barnes says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Outstanding! Downloading the CD asap!

  38. Nick says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Cute cover, but I think everyone needs to calm down a bit.

  39. axl rai says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 2:11 am

    dammm …. like it ?!! (Y)

  40. Josh says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Do “Enter Sandman” next.

  41. Laura Shepard says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Simply amazing.

  42. Gigi says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 8:38 am

    AMAZING! Just amazing!

  43. Jeff Hamilton Green says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 9:43 am

    I thought, No Way this could work…but they did it. It’s Good!

  44. Andrea says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 10:44 am

    you just made my year!

  45. Jenni Bryant says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 11:12 am

    I liked it very much! I still like the original better but I love it when artists take songs & put a new twist on them.

  46. Adrienne says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 11:15 am

    Hot damn! That was blissful!

  47. Andy Hagemeyer says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    Awesome beyond all belief! My favorite version now!

  48. urbster1 says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    How about the awesome 8-bit version from D-Pad Hero? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSv0P1oTWCo

  49. rose says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Awesome. Better than the original!

  50. hanan says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    love it love it love it amazing performing amazing voice great gig

  51. Linda says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Hot and sassy…. way cool!!

  52. Jenny R says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    Why is this tagged as comedy?

  53. gremlin jr says . . . | February 23, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Yeah .. BETTER than the ORIG . but That’s not Hard to Do .. Since GNR SUCK ! .. They’ve NEVER been GOOD and are SO SO OVER-RATED ! .. not even REAL metal .. wanna be crap ..
    This is GREAT !! . I’d actually BUY THIS ! .. I wouldn’t Take gnr for Free ..

  54. aitor says . . . | February 24, 2014 / 6:27 am

    I’d pay to hear a full cd of metal or punk covers in this style, Black Hole Sun, Blondie Rip her to Shreds or any, Stone cold Crazy, Van Halen, More Guns N Roses, etc…

  55. Janet Weidendorf says . . . | February 24, 2014 / 6:28 am

    Rock on sistah!!!

  56. Holly Fuller says . . . | February 24, 2014 / 11:01 am

    Better than before! Love it!

  57. Tyler Sonnichsen says . . . | February 24, 2014 / 11:02 am

    This is great. I would love to see a full set of GnR covers in this style called “Appetite for Prohibition” sometime soon.

  58. Jo Facultad says . . . | February 24, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    This is just so awesome!! Love this rendition so much! Thanks for the experience.

  59. Tambry says . . . | February 25, 2014 / 7:03 am

    FANTASTIC!! I would love to see more songs redone in this style. I was born in the wrong time.

  60. Julio Santi says . . . | February 25, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Amazing :-)

  61. KATHLEEN says . . . | February 25, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    THIS IS JUST FABULOUS…..sweet New Orleans Jazz

  62. Kerry Matthews says . . . | February 25, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    This was amazing! I just loved the vocals, it was perfect! WOW!

  63. Reneemarie1169 says . . . | February 25, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    That is great…,

  64. Lalola says . . . | February 26, 2014 / 8:40 am

    great n awesome !

  65. Miche Braden says . . . | February 28, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Thank You!!

  66. Ssue Costa says . . . | March 2, 2014 / 4:00 am

    Amazing!!

  67. Wesley porter says . . . | April 1, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    How can I save this with my music awesome

  68. Demi says . . . | May 19, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Love it!

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