I Had No Idea I Sounded Like Axl Rose


We recently posted a noisy song, “The Final Day,” by an unnamed artist, and ran a contest asking you to identify the performer. It sounded like it might be the latest in our series of recession songs, or maybe an outright apocalyptic number:

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The singer was me. Yeah, it was a song from my old band, The Right Profile — not one of our best songs by a long shot but one that, as a friend wrote to say recently, sounded as if it could have been written about the current economic maelstrom.

I couldn’t believe how many readers thought it was Axl Rose singing. Honestly, I’m barely familiar with him — I went cold turkey on noisy rock after I stopped making it myself — so I don’t know quite how to take that. My tastes ran more toward the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Reed and Hank Williams (Sr.) and Bob Dylan.

As usual with our contests, the correct answer was posted within minutes, in this case by one Dmitri Leybman. He’ll get a piece of Freakonomics schwag for his work.

Sam G

Here's what I love about your song: You can hear the instruments. You can distinguish the bass, guitar, and drums from each other without the vocals (or any of the other instruments) overwhelming them.

If only professional musicians and sound engineers could dedicate themselves to ending the "Loudness War."

Dana L

I'm not sure if it's Axl I'm hearing, I think its sounds more like early Mick Jagger.


Maybe you should get that band up and running again - you've got to sound better than some of those new pseudo-pop-alterna-rockers that somehow keep getting record deals.

Good job on that song!


I just listened to it again.

You should really get back in the studio. I'd definitely buy a cd, especially if you keep that organ in a few more of your songs.

Reminds me of one of those CDs that you pop in your car for a long ride across country.


Forget your own band... call up Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Adler and get GN'R back together!


Make another record! I've got a fever, and the only cure is more Dubner records.


The music is not my style, but you have a little bit of Axl.

Mojo Bone

I hear some similarities with Mr. Rose, but I too, am reminded more of early Mick. If you decide to have another go, find a drummer that can keep time. ;-)


Axl, 'sup? Slash here. Look man, I just gave your new song a listen and you're soundin' better'n ever. Whaddaya say we try it again? I'm sorry for all that, "Axl is ________ insane" stuff. C'mon, one more time for old time's sake.


It sounds like Axl fronting the Stooges. Any chance I can download the MP3's?


I just don't believe that "Honestly, I'm barely familiar with him". He's too much part of pop culture and you reference a ton of pop culture on this blog. Nice try though. I do enjoy the blog though.


Seriously? I'm not an Axl fan but "appetite for destruction" is one of the better R&R releases to come out in a very long time. When you get beyond some of the bs, the music is very solid - mostly because of his band mates. Take a close listen and follow Izzy and Slash, some good stuff in there.


Is the name of the band a Clash reference?


So... (i) you're the same age as Axl, (i) you were recording music in the same genre, at the exact same time, (iii) the year you decide to hang it up, GNR has two #1 albums and Axl becomes the biggest rock star in the world, but you are barely familiar with him? Come on, Stephen. My 60 year-old parents who live in a small town and have never purchased a non-country album in their lives know exactly who Axl is and what he sounds like.


Stephen, In this song you do sound more like Mick Jagger than Axl Rose. Axl has a much more high pitched voice. Nice song though. You say its not your best .. Can we hear your other better songs then?


You Rock Man!!!


You should consider it an honor and a privilege to be mistaken for Axl Rose.


More songs:



You may sound like Axl but without your glasses,you look like Jimmy Fallon.


Wow you are just so great!