Californian hard rock band Guns N’ Roses have dropped a track from an upcoming boxset reissue of their 1987 album Appetite for Destruction and follow up 1988 EP G N’ R Lies.
The track, One in a Million, featured lyrics including
Immigrants and faggots
They make no sense to me
They come to our country
And think they’ll do as they please
Like start some mini-Iran
Or spread some fucking disease
And they talk so many goddamn ways
It’s all Greek to me
Lead singer Axel Rose explained his feelings about the lyrics in an interview in 1987.
“Why can black people go up to each other and say, ‘nigger,” but when a white guy does it all of a sudden it’s a big putdown?,” he asked. “I don’t like boundaries of any kind. I don’t like being told what I can and what I can’t say. I used the word ‘nigger’ because it’s a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem. The word ‘nigger’ doesn’t necessarily mean black.”
No statement has been made by the band or their label about the removal of the track.