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Skid Row

Skid Row were one of the very last hair metal bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early '90s. While the band's self-titled debut employed standard pop-metal riffs and generic lyrics (albeit to great commercial success), 1991's Slave to the Grind and 1995's Subhuman Race broke away from the pop-metal mold with uncharacteristically hard, thrashy guitars and unique songwriting techniques. Though personal differences and changing trends would eventually tear the core lineup apart by 1996, Skid Row showed tremendous promise during their short time in the spotlight.

Based in New Jersey, Skid Row were formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and former Bon Jovi guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo. The pair added guitarist Scott Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and a larger than life vocalist named Sebastian Bach to the lineup by early 1987, and the band spent the next year and a half playing a series of local clubs in the eastern U.S. Having remained in contact with Jon Bon Jovi, Sabo convinced the established rock star to land Skid Row a record deal with Atlantic Records. In 1989, the band released its first album, Skid Row, which went multi-platinum on the strength of the Top 40 singles "18 and Life" and "I Remember You." Success came with a backlash, however -- the bandmembers had naïvely signed away much of their royalties, and Sebastian Bach's wild, often childlike behavior landed the group in additional trouble. During the subsequent tour, Bach garnered harsh criticism for a T-shirt he publicly sported displaying the message "AIDS KILLS F*GS DEAD." Suits were also filed against Bach after a concert during the supporting tour, where the singer allegedly threw a glass bottle into the crowd and injured a young female fan.

Nonetheless, Skid Row's muscular songcraft retained a devoted audience. Released in 1991, Slave to the Grind debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, an unprecedented accomplishment for a metal band. While the album did not chart any real radio hits, Grind received stronger critical praise and eventually reached platinum status. However, like so many of their peers, Skid Row lost much of their fan base during the grunge invasion of the '90s. As Nirvana stormed the scene in 1992, Skid Row took a hiatus, waiting out the grunge period and pondering breakups (ironically, Nirvana had once gone under the name Skid Row in the '80s). Skid Row returned in 1995 with Subhuman Race, which surprisingly charted in the Top 40 but otherwise did not attract any real attention.

During the supporting tour, tensions between the group members ran high and Skid Row disbanded shortly afterward. Bach went on to form the Last Hard Men with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, but the group broke up after recording a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" for the Scream soundtrack in 1996. Plans to record new songs for the Skid Row greatest-hits album, 1998's Forty Seasons, fell through, and Bach went on to form a solo project and portray the title role in the Broadway musical Jeckyll and Hyde. In mid-2000, Skid Row re-formed with new singer Johnny Solinger and toured as the opening band for Kiss' farewell tour. They released Thickskin with Solinger in 2003, followed by Revolutions Per Minute in 2006. Meanwhile, Sebastian Bach enjoyed a surge in popularity when he appeared in a VH1 reality show opposite Ted Nugent and Scott Ian. ~ Barry Weber
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Selected Discography

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Track List: United World Rebellion - Chapter One

1. Kings Of Demolition

2. Let's Go

3. This Is Killing Me

4. Get Up

5. Stiches

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Track List: Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two

1. We Are The Damned

2. Give It The Gun

3. Catch Your Fall

4. Damnation Army

5. Zero Day

6. Sheer Heart Attack

7. Rats In The Cellar

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Track List: Revolutions Per Minute

1. Disease

2. Another Dick In The System

3. Pulling My Heart Out From Under Me

4. When God Can't Wait

5. Shut Up Baby, I Love You

6. Strength

7. White Trash

8. You Lie

9. Nothing

10. Love Is Dead

11. Let It Ride

12. You Lie

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Track List: Thickskin

1. New Generation

2. Ghost

3. Swallow Me (The Real You)

4. Born A Beggar

5. Thick Is The Skin

6. See You Around

7. Mouth Of Voodoo

8. One Light

9. I Remember You Two

10. Lamb

11. Down From Underground

12. Hittin' A Wall

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Track List: 40 Seasons - The Best Of Skid Row

1. Youth Gone Wild

2. 18 And Life

3. Piece Of Me

4. I Remember You

5. The Threat

6. Psycho Love

7. Monkey Business

8. Quicksand Jesus

9. Slave To The Grind

10. Into Another (Remix)

11. Frozen (Demo 1994)

12. My Enemy (Remix)

13. Breakin Down (Remix)

14. Beat Yourself Blind (Live)

15. Forever

16. Fire In The Hole

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Track List: Subhuman Race

1. My Enemy

2. Firesign

3. Bonehead

4. Beat Yourself Blind

5. Eileen

6. Remains To Be Seen

7. Subhuman Race

8. Frozen

9. Into Another

10. Face Against My Soul

11. Medicine Jar

12. Breakin' Down

13. Iron Will

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Track List: Slave To The Grind

1. Monkey Business

2. Slave To The Grind

3. The Threat

4. Quicksand Jesus

5. Psycho Love

6. Get The F**k Out

7. Livin' On A Chain Gang

8. Creepshow

9. In A Darkened Room

10. Riot Act

11. Mudkicker

12. Wasted Time

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Track List: Skid Row

1. Big Guns

2. Sweet Little Sister

3. Can't Stand The Heartache

4. Piece Of Me

5. 18 And Life

6. Rattlesnake Shake

7. Youth Gone Wild

8. Here I Am

9. Makin A Mess

10. I Remember You

11. Midnight Tornado

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Never forget that there once was a time when Skid Row toured with Pantera.
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Total sexy voice it's very emotional and pulls at the heart
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Sebastian Bach and Skid Row had everything to win and nothing to lose Bach has vocal talents that can't even be describe in a short paragraph but it seems your greatest talents are always wrapped in a Nutty bar don't know what it was with him in maturity I guess but they put out a great album this time and this is a great song
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Great song brings back many memories
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LP
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Slave to the Grind in my opinion is in the top 5 best rock albums of all time. This album is amazing!
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This is My New Song...For The Love.......I FOUND!!!!!!! . . . O F . . . . A . . . . . . . . . . L I F E T I M E
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Remember You.....Much Luv
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18 And Life to go...Much Luv
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Monkey Business ....Definite l y one of their best works. This song Rocks...
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there's always a chance baby
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be here for me I will be here for you too anytime you want to my darling Mike your mimi
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lasiter803
18 & LIFE...
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Hair Metal...What ? Wouldn't classify these guys as that...
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Wasted Time one of my most favorite songs from these guys. This whole album just Rocks....Ski d Row absolutely Love these guys...ROCK ON
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Ur a f**kin idiot dude... Wasted Time,,, is one of Skid Rows best in my opinion.... U wouldn't say that if u seen Sebastian on stage singing this bad a** tune.. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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No hair metal. Not now, not ever. Thumbs down losers
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adam76654
How is it possible that this bio completely ignores their greatest hit, Youth Gone Wild? smh
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I will make it and with your help and determinatio n I will be your Mimi I love you mike
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Fist full of dreams...
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your my realatie my Mike your mimi
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Used to be that Being 18yrs old wasn't LIKE This SONG BUT The WORLD IS SO MESSED UP NOW! THAT KIDS AT 10 YRS old & In F**KIN GANGS N USIN DRUGS- SO SAD
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Get star wars radio it's awesome and you can get all sorts of thime songs and Celdweler made the star wars song for the dark side������:O
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Grilled hot dogs, handed them to the crowd along with beer and joints. It was the most memorable concert experience I've ever had. Sebastian Bach agreed in an interview later that year in Hit Parader magazine stating it was his favorite time on tour.
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I saw them on this tour in Hannibal Missouri. There was no stage, just a slab of concrete in front of the Mississippi and a stretch of sand about 15 ft. wide, separating the crowd and the band. Bach came up to kiss this chick standing next to me. The crowd pushed forward and shoved me right into his face. He laughed, said, "You alright man?" and I replied "Are you kidding? I'm f**king awesome! " While Skid Row played, Pantera brought a grill out on the strip of sand, grilled ho
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Rachel Bolen wrote most of songs,includ i n g this one...True talent.
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Sacred ties will never fray...Waste d Time.A true masterpiece tune...
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Remember when every band had to play a Rock ballad..Man it sucked
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masmitty43
I love 18 & life by skid row
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I REMEMBER YOU ��
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desiree.whee l e r
I remember you!!! Wild Side.....
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Sebastian Bach........ . . w h e r e are You...Now?.. I ' R e m e m b e r . . . . Y o u ! ! ! ! X X X X X O O O X X X O O O O O
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Sabo was never a member of Bon Jovi, lol. He was Jon's neighbor and played with him occasionally , but he was never in the band.
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julio.carval h o
I miss head angers ball on mtv 1985
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Love it
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Man Sebastian Bach can reach some high notes... Rock on you Skid Row Fans!
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Mam Sebastian Bach can reach some High notes... None other like him man... Love that guys voice! Rock on you Skid Row fans!
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Just Found Out That "Asking Alexandria" Covered "Youth Gone Wild and 18 And Life". I Listened To Both Covers And They Kinda Ruined Them For Me.
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Skid row is cool
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Skid row was a kick fukin asss band. I still love all their songs.
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Looking for Pete serger radio
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I love that voice. It so incredibly beautiful!
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this song was me is still me fck up por vida for life
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I graduated in 2002 and most of us were into Rap. But, I love the 80's classics today more than ever!!
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I Remember You Is my Highschool Graduation Song!! I graduated with the class of 2009 HAHAHA Most of us were Metal Heads!
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