Every few months or so, it rains here in Phoenix, and inevitably, it’s quite an event, the highlight of the radio traffic reporter’s month, the lead story on the ten o’clock news, and the only allowable topic of workplace conversation. So when it rained last night, every radio station that could squeak it into their format seemed to have “November Rain” playing as I skipped around the dial. Get it? It’s November, and there’s rain! Hilarious. However, the nine minutes–less on the adult contemporary station that fade out early–of Axl and Slash brought up an important question: Which epic-imagery-filled Use Your Illusion-era video do you think is better, “November Rain” or “Don’t Cry”?
“November Rain” is much more popular these days, and it’s hard to argue with the video being at least a slight front-runner. There’s a symphony conducted by Kenny G’s Italian uncle, a deeply symbolic wedding complete with a ruined cake, and Slash rocking the desert church’s parking lot. It really does have everyhing you could want.
However, “Don’t Cry” might be all a dream inside the mind of a baby, which is kind of awesome, and, possibly coincidentally, the premise behind the entire recorded output of Coheed and Cambria. The whole thing makes much less sense, which is something I appreciate, from Gollum-Axl underneath the graveyard, Hollywood-Axl walking through a mirror, and the added bonus of Shannon Hoon’s finest hour. And babies, with changing eye color! It’s madness!
So we leave it in your hands. Decide once and for all, which is more awesome?