By Brian Ives
On Minimation we comb through our interview archive and animate pieces with legendary rock artists. In this interview from 2014, Slash recalls the recording of Bob Dylan’s “Wiggle Wiggle” from his 1990 album “Under the Red Sky.”
In 1990, Don Was was one of the most in-demand producers in music, if not the most in-demand. As such he had a lot of big name friends. So, when he was hired to produce Bob Dylan‘s 1990 album Under the Red Sky, he brought a lot of those friends in to guest on the record. Among them were Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elton John and the guitarist from the hottest band in the world at that time, Slash of Guns ‘N Roses.
Slash told Radio.com that he was called in to play on the song “Wiggle Wiggle,” where he thought he would be laying down a guitar solo. He played some acoustic rhythm guitar to start and then picked up his electric.
“I put what I thought was one of my better one-off solos on there,” he recalls.
When Was sent Slash the tape, the guitarist was surprised that his acoustic playing was on the track but not his solo. It turned out that Dylan felt his electric lead made the song sound too much like GNR for the Dylan’s tastes.