Welcome To The Jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Co-written with Slash, the title and catch line for the song came from an incident Axl had while sleeping in a Bronx schoolyard. "This black guy came up to me and said, 'You know where you are? You in the jungle, baby! You gonna die!' " - Axl
Other reports state that it was a statement made to Rose as he was hitchhiking to either New York or to Seattle with the band in 1985.
"I wrote the words in Seattle. Its a big city, but at the same time, its still a small city compared to L.A. and the things you're gonna learn. I just wrote how L.A. looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want." - Axl
"Welcome to the Jungle" and Noriega
The song was famously used during the Operation Just Cause invasion of Panama in 1989. When Manuel Noriega fled to the Vatican Embassy in Panama, U.S. troops surrounded the embassy and played loud music. Noriega enjoyed opera and detested rock music in general.
The Washington Post News Service reported, "With U.S. troops at the Vatican embassy continuing to wage psychological warfare against Noriega by blaring rock music over loudspeakers and greeting him with a hearty 'Gooood Morning Panama'." And so, to irritate and intimidate him (and to enjoy themselves in the process), the troops set up their loudspeakers and blasted the Vatican embassy with some "good ol' kickass American rock 'n' roll" — Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" was the first song to come roaring through the speakers. These were eventually stopped upon request by the Vatican. A few days later, Noriega surrendered due to international pressure.
However, despite the popular conception that the music was a form of psychological torture aimed at Noriega, it has since been revealed that the entire operation was merely meant to prevent press organizations equipped with parabolic microphones from listening in on delicate negotiations occurring within the embassy.
"Welcome to the Jungle" has been featured in several motion pictures. In
Clint Eastwood's 1988 film The Dead Pool, it was the song sung by Jim Carrey's
rock star character; it was also featured on the movie's soundtrack. It has also
appeared in Lean on Me and in Selena during the scene in which a barber is
cutting a person's hair and several people are trashing a hotel room.
In the 2004 PlayStation 2 (2005 PC and Xbox) video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the song is included on the playlist of alternative-metal station Radio X. Ironically, Axl Rose voices the DJ of its rival station K-DST, which plays classic rock, where he routinely bashes Radio X as "whining teenagers who should just go away." "Welcome to the Jungle" was also featured in trailers for the game.
In Celebrity Deathmatch, Axl and Slash's comments while fighting is taken from the lyrics of "Jungle".
The song is used as theme music for the syndicated sports program The Jim Rome Show and is played at the bottom of each hour of the show.
A parody, "Welcome to the Summer", was used as the theme song of Australian radio station Triple M during the late 1990s.
Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this as a Lounge version on the 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction. The band Big Daddy recorded a doo-wop version to the tune of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on their 1991 album Cutting Their Own Groove.
Industrial metal band Pigface has also covered "Welcome to the Jungle."
John 5 recorded an instrumental cover of "Welcome to the Jungle" for his 2007 album The Devil Knows My Name.
Grindcore band Hewhocorrupts has also covered this song on their album called The Discographer.
In the video game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, the character Axel makes a reference to the song where he states, "Welcome to the Colosseuem; we've got fun and games!"
The song has been used three times in The Simpsons. It has been featured in "Marge on the Lam", "Eight Misbehavin'" and "Mobile Homer". Also, in "Bart Has Two Mommies", Ned Flanders sings a parody of the song while padding his backyard so that his sons Rod and Todd do not get hurt by playing.
The song is a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
The song is often heard during Cincinnati Bengals home games due to the teams home stadium, Paul Brown Stadium's jungle-esque theme. The stadium's nickname is "The Jungle".
There is a quest in World of Warcraft in the Stranglethorn Vale called "Welcome to the Jungle"
The song is also played at the beginning of virtually every game in the National Lacrosse League
The song is played as an introduction for the Minnesota Vikings during every home game.
The Manchester Monarchs use the song as an introduction at their home games.
The Philadelphia Eagles play the song during kick off at their home games.
Etta James, legendary blues, jazz, and rock singer, recorded a cover of Welcome to the Jungle on her final album, "The Dreamer," released in October 2011.