Steve Thompson, the mixer of Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction, discussed recording Axl Rose having sex with Steven Adler’s girlfriend in a new Rock Talk interview (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar). assistant Vic Deyglio described the studio as “a Ron Jeremy set.” Thompson said:
“That was a very interesting part of the session.
“We’re doing ‘Rocket Queen’ and Axl comes up to me and says, ‘Steve, I need some sex noises on this.’
“Okay, no problem. I think I had tapes of ’70s porno movies that I would splice together to get the audio, and I’d give him the sex noises he needs.
“He goes, ‘No, I need real sex noises.’ And I forgot her name, she was at the studio. Adler’s girlfriend [Adriana Smith].
“And Axl says ‘OK, lets mic it up, I’m gonna fuck her in the studio and just record the moans.’ [Laughs] So I said to myself… Mark Barbiero is very conservative, he’s like ‘Are you fucking kidding me?!’
“And I felt kinda weird for the fact that it was Adler’s girlfriend – I don’t want to get involved in this shit!
“And [we ended up] putting the mics together and they did their thing in the studio. The lights were low, and Axl’s doing his thing with the girl, we got a little noises together, and then we just edited what he wanted.
“Classic! Total classic! Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll definitely went on that record. [Laughs]”