Friday, July 31, 2009

Quiet Riot - Discography

Quiet Riot was an American heavy metal band whose 1983 US Festival appearance helped to solidify metal's image. They are best known for their hit singles "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health." They were founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni, under the name Mach 1. The original line-up featured lead vocalist the late Kevin DuBrow, Rhoads, Garni, and drummer Drew Forsyth. Dee Snider was a lead vocal list for two years, before forming Twisted Sister.

In a radio interview given by the band in 1979 and available here, DuBrow said the band's name was born of a conversation with Rick Parfitt of British band Status Quo in which Parfitt said he'd like to name a band "Quite Right".They are ranked at number 100 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." Quiet Riot also has a notable iconic heavy metal mascot. Their mascot resembles a man (modeled by the artist himself, Grammy Award winning illustrator Stan Watts of Cedar Park, Texas) in a metal facial mask and in a straightjacket (somewhat similar to Hannibal Lecter) which has appeared on almost every single Quiet Riot album. This mascot has been considered alongside Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead, Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head, Motörhead's Snaggletooth B. Motörhead, A.K.A Warpig as enduring familiar heavy metal symbols.

Band History:
The original four members recorded their debut album Quiet Riot, or QR I, which was released in Japan in 1977. Months later, bassist Kelly Garni left the band. The second album Quiet Riot II, or QR II, was recorded at The Record Plant and released in Japan in 1978. Although Garni's replacement Rudy Sarzo was pictured and credited on 'QR II', he did not join before its recording. In 1979 Rhoads auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne's band after the editors of a small, Los Angeles based magazine, Raw Power (including future Liquid Blue singer Scott Stephens) asked Dana Strum to contact Randy to see if he would be interested. Six months after the audition, Osbourne hired Randy. DuBrow and Forsyth tried to keep the band together following Rhoads' departure, with the addition of guitarist Greg Leon and former Suite 19 bassist Gary Van Dyke During this period of 1980-1982, the band's name was changed to DuBrow.

Following Rhoads' death in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, DuBrow attempted to reform Quiet Riot. None of the other original members were interested, so Tony Cavazo's brother, Carlos, whom he had played with in LA locals Snow, joined as lead guitarist, Sarzo re-joined the band on bass, and Rudy's friend, drummer Frankie Banali, completed the lineup.

In September 1982, with a little help from producer Spencer Proffer (who'd produce W.A.S.P.'S 2nd album The Last Command in 1985), they were signed to CBS records in America. On March 11, 1983, their American debut album Metal Health was released. (Their two previous albums, QR I and QR II, have still not been released in the United States).

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Quiet Riot - Metal Health (1983)
Metal Health is the third album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It is their first record without guitarist Randy Rhoads. It was released on March 11, 1983, bolstered by the #5 hit "Cum on Feel the Noize" and the #31 hit "Metal Health". It knocked The Police's Synchronicity out of #1 in the U.S.,making it the first heavy metal album to go #1. The album went on to sell more than 6 million copies and is considered a classic among heavy metal fans to this day. However, some critics such as Allmusic, perceive it as a one-hit wonder, owing to Quiet Riot's relative lack of critical and commercial success with following albums (and subsequent disintegration) towards the end of the 1980s. The title track was ranked #35 on Vh1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Metal Health (DuBrow/Cavazo/Sarzo/Banali) 5:16
02. Cum on Feel the Noize (Holder/Lea) 4:51
03. Don't Wanna Let You Go (DuBrow/Cavazo) 4:42
04. Slick Black Cadillac (DuBrow) ** 4:12
05. Love's a Bitch (DuBrow) 4:11
06. Breathless (DuBrow/Cavazo) 3:51
07. Run for Cover (DuBrow/Cavazo) 3:38
08. Battle Axe (Cavazo) 1:38
09. Let's Get Crazy (DuBrow) 4:08
10. Thunderbird (DuBrow) 4:43
11. Danger Zone (DuBrow) * 5:06
12. Slick Black Cadillac (live) (DuBrow) * 5:14

* On Metal Masters Remaster*
* "Slick Black Cadillac" is a re-recorded version of the same song from Quiet Riot II.

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Quiet Riot - Condition Critical (1984)
This album was not nearly as successful as its predecessor in either fan reaction or sales, although it did sell over 3 million copies, debuting at #15 on the billboard charts. Like the band's previous album, it also featured a Slade cover song as the second track.

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Quiet Riot - III (1986)

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Main Attraction - 4:43
02. The Wild and the Young - 3:37
03. Twilight Hotel - 4:35
04. Down and Dirty - 3:15
05. Rise or Fall - 4:01
06. Put Up or Shut Up - 4:07
07. Still of the Night - 4:42
08. Base Case [bass solo] - 0:59
09. The Pump - 4:02
10. Slave to Love - 3:55
11. Helping Hands - 4:13

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The Following Albums are soon to be Posted...

Quiet Riot (Japan only) 1977
Quiet Riot II (Japan only) 1978
Metal Health (1983)
Condition Critical (1984)
Quiet Riot III (1986)
Quiet Riot (1988)
Terrified (1993)
Down to the Bone (1995)
Alive and Well (1999)
Guilty Pleasures (2001)
Rehab (2006)

Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of the band for the majority of its existence, was found dead in his Las Vegas, Nevada home at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2007. The cause of death was ruled a cocaine overdose. Quiet Riot disbanded after the death of their lead singer.

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Quiet Riot - Live & Rare

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Let's get Crazy
02. Condition Critical
03. Run For Cover
04. Swinging Lumber
05. Winners Take All
06. Cum On Feel The Noize
07. Metal Health
08. Danger Zone
09. Gonna Have a Riot
10. Thunderbird (Demo)
11. Love's a Bitch (Demo)
12. Let's get Crazy (Demo)

Vinnie Vincent - Discography

Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), better known as Vinnie Vincent, is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band Kiss. Vincent played on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with Kiss in "Ankh Warrior" makeup created by Paul Stanley, Kiss's lead singer and rhythm guitarist. After that, he remained with Kiss for one additional album, Lick It Up recorded in 1983, before being fired from the band for alleged unethical behavior. He later performed as a solo artist and with his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Invasion (1986)
Robert Fleischman - Vocals
Vinnie Vincent - Guitars; vocals
Dana Strum - Bass; backing vocals
Bobby Rock - Drums

This album was an instant success as it climbed into the Billboard Top 100. However Fleischman refused to adopt the outrageous glam image, and showed no desire to tour. The Invasion was forced to find a new vocalist, and they decided on Mark Slaughter. But there was tension between Vincent and Slaughter from day one, which intensified even more when new record label management wanted Slaughter to become focal point of the group!

01. Boyz Are Gonna Rock (Vinnie Vincent)– 4:54
02. Shoot U Full of Love (Vincent) – 4:44
03. No Substitute (Vincent) – 3:52
04. Animal (Vincent) – 5:33
05. Twisted (Vincent) – 4:49
06. Do You Wanna Make Love (Vincent, Robert Fleischman) – 3:23
07. Back on the Streets (Vincent, Richard Friedman) – 4:50
08. I Wanna Be Your Victim (Vincent) – 4:36
09. Baby-O (Vincent) – 3:43
10. Invasion (Vincent, Fleischman) – 7:50

The follow-up album had some success, but internal turmoil killed the band in late 1988 at the end of their one-month tour. Vincent recorded a third Invasion album with Fleischman, but it never saw the light of day, and he has remained out of the limelight and recorded sporadically ever since. Rock went on to fame with Nelson, while Slaughter and Strum formed Slaughter and reached platinum success.
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Vinnie Vincent & Jeff Scott Soto - Publishing Tape (1987)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)

01. Young Blood Young Fire
02. Forbidden
03. I'm On Fire For You
04. My Love Goes With You
05. Gypsy in Her Eyes

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion - All Systems Go (1988)
Mark Slaughter - Vocals
Vinnie Vincent - Guitars; backing vocals
Dana Strum - Bass; backing vocals
Bobby Rock - Drums

01. Ashes to Ashes – 5:05
02. Dirty Rhythm – 3:38
03. Love Kills – 5:36
04. Naughty Naughty – 3:30
05. Burn – 4:38
06. Let Freedom Rock – 4:44
07. That Time of Year – 4:11
08. Heavy Pettin – 4:38
09. Deeper and Deeper – 4:02
10. Breakout – 2:01
11. The Meltdown (Instrumental) [Bonus CD Track] – 2:01
12. 'Ya Know' I'm Pretty Shot" (Instrumental) [Bonus CD Track] – 4:07

NOTE: Vincent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1989.

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Vinnie Vincent - Guitars from HELL (1991) (unreleased)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Rocks On Fire
02. Nuke It
03. Shocker
04. Invicible
05. Truth
06. Full Shred
07. Wild Child
08. Young Blood
09. Genesis

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Vinnie Vincent - Euphoria (EP) (1996)

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Vinnie Vincent.1999 - Pink And Black Attack (1999)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Back On The Streets (with Jeff Sotto)
02. Back On The Streets
03. Gypsy In Her Eyes
04. Forbidden
05. My Love Goes With You
06. Tears
07. Maybe Its The Rain
08. Young Blood
09. Boyz Wanna Rock
10. I'm In Love
It's So Pretty
12. Your Baby
13. Back On The Streets (Warrior Demo)
14. Gypsy In Her Eyes (Warrior Demo)

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Vinnie Vincent - Archive Volumes I: Speedball Jamm (2002)
Produced by Vinnie Vincent; "Speedball Jam" was the title of a Vinnie Invasion instrumental which was recorded live in the studio and played live on occasion. This CD, with one long 71 minute track is an analog transfer of a Vinnie warm up session, with some very wild shredding. Sound quality wise, it wouldn't have been too difficult to take out the analog hiss without losing the sound depth. And there is no reason why it couldn't been tracked properly. I've added the tracking in an effort to differentiate the different parts of the recording. The live version closes the CD.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Speed Ball Jam

a. Shredd 1 - Solo (07:27)
b. Shredd 2 - w/ drums & bass (11:23)
c. Shredd 3 - Solo (00:47)
d. Speedball I (13:01)
e. Speedball II (10:08)
f. Speedball III (01:40)
g. Speedball IV (04:09)
h. Speedball V (09:22)
i. Shredd 4 - Solo (04:17)
j. Speedball (Live) (08:57)

NOTE: This is a Jam full of Vinnie's ANNOYING great Guitar Solos.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mr. Big - Discography

Mr. Big is a hard rock super-group that formed in 1988. The band is a quartet composed of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums); Mr. Big also included Richie Kotzen, a reputable blues-based guitarist who replaced Paul in 1999 when Paul decided to focus on a solo career. The band is noted especially for their "shred guitar" musicianship, intense live performances, and well-crafted songs.

Identified early on as a "musicians' band", Mr. Big was able to produce Justify Fullnumerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballad, heavy metal, or blues rock. Prior to the formation of the group, each of the members already had a reputation of being virtuosos as well as established song-writers/ composers.[2] Their songs were often marked with strong vocals and vocal harmonies, and a technical proficiency in all instruments. Their hits include "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", other ballads, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances, such as "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover", among the rest.

Mr. Big's following and reputation remained strong for over two decades, despite the band being challenged by personal internal conflicts and the changing trends in mainstream music. Over the years, through the different heights of the band's career, the fan-base of the group has remained steadfast - even after the demise of the band in 2002. Fans have always asked for the band's reunion.

In February 2009, as a result of fan-demand and also after several coincidences over the past couple of years that have gradually brought the group back together again, Eric, Pat, Paul, and Billy finally announced their decision to reunite. This announcement was marked with celebration and excitement amongst fans all over the world, especially in Japan. The band members themselves are very happy to be together again as friends, and to perform once more for fans all over the world. Their first tour is in Japan in June 2009.

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Mr. Big - Mr. Big (1989)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Addicted to that Rush
02. Wind Me up
03. Merciless
04. Had Enough
05. Blame it On My Youth
06. Take A Walk
07. Big Love
08. How Can you Do What you Do?
09. Anything For You
10. Rock and Roll Over
11. 30 Days in The Hole

Track 11 originally recorded by Humble Pie on the album Smokin'.

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Mr.Big - Lean Into It

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Daddy Brother Lover Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
02. Alive And Kickin
03. Green-tinted Sixties Mind
04. CDFF-Lucky This Time
05. Voodoo Kiss
06. Never Say Never
07. Just Take My Heart
08. My Kinda Woman
09. A Little Too Loose
10. Road To Ruin
11. To Be With You
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Mr. Big - Bump Ahead (1993)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Colorado Bulldog
02. Price you Gotta Pay
03. Promise Her the Moon
04. What's It Gonna Be
05. Wild World
06. Mr. Gone
07. The Whole World's Gonna Know
08. Nothing But Love
09. Temperamental
10. Ain't Seen Love Like That
11. Mr. Big
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Mr. Big - Hey Man (1996)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Trapped in Toyland
02. Take Cover
03. Jane Doe
04. Goin' Where the Wind Blows
05. The Chain
06. Where Do I Fit In?
07. If That's What It Takes
08. Out of the Underground
09. Dancin' Right into the Flame
10. Mama D.
11. Fool Us Today

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Mr.Big - BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST! The Best Of MR.BIG (1996)

Tracks: (Click a song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01 - Addicted To That Rush
02 - Rock & Roll Over
03 - Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
04 - To Be With You
05 - Just Take My Heart
06 - Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
07 - Wild World
08 - Colorado Bulldog
09 - Promise Her The Moon
10 - Nothing But Love
11 - Take Cover
12 - Goin' Where the Wind Blows
13 - Seven Impossible Days (unreleased track)
14 - Not One Night (unreleased track)
15 - Unnatural (unreleased track)
16 - Stay Together (unreleased track)

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Mr. Big - Get Over it (2000)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Electrified
02. Static
03. Hiding Place
04. Superfantastic
05. A Rose Alone
06. Hole In The Sun
07. How Does It Feel
08. Try To Do Without It
09. Dancin' With My Devils
10. Mr. Never In A Million Years
11. My New Religion
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Mr.Big - Actual Size (2001)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Lost In America - 4:52
02. Wake Up - 3:44
03. Shine - 3:43
04. Arrow - 3:42
05. Mary Goes Round - 4:00
06. Suffocation - 4:42
07. One World Away - 4:05
08. I Don't Want to Be Happy - 4:50
09. Crawl Over Me - 5:08
10. Cheap Little Thrill - 3:11
11. How Did I Give Myself Away - 4:15
12. Nothing Like It In the World - 5:01

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Mr. Big - What If...(2011)
The 7th full-length studio album by hard rock band Mr. Big, which was released on January 21, 2011 through Frontiers Records. It was the band's first album since their 2009 reunion, their first album in 10 years since 2001's Actual Size and their first album with the original line-up featuring guitarist Paul Gilbert since 1996's Hey Man.

The album was recorded between September–October 2010 in a Los Angeles-area studio with producer Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), and will be supported by a world tour in 2011. The first single from the album, "Undertow", was released on November 27, 2010. A music video has been filmed for the single and will be featured on the special edition DVD of the album. The album's US release date is set for February 8, 2011, through Frontiers Records as well.

Tracks: (Download each song for Study)
01. Undertow
02. American Beauty
03. Stranger In My Life
04. Nobody Left To Blame
05. Still Ain't Enough For Me
06. Once Upon A Time
07. As Far As I Can See
08. All The Way Up
09. I Won’t Get In My Way
10. Around The World
11. I Get The Feeling
12. Kill Me With A Kiss (Japan Bonus Track)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Saxon - Rock The Nations (1986)

Saxon are an English heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had huge success in the 1980s with 8 UK Top 40 albums including 4 UK Top 10 albums. Saxon also had numerous singles in the Top 20 singles chart. Between 1980 and 1987 Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, they also had success in Japan and in the USA. In Japan, the single "Motorcycle Man" stayed in the charts for over 5 months. They still tour heavily and regularly. Their latest tour is their largest in the UK since the late 1980s. Saxon have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and heavily influenced bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom and Running Wild.

There is another incarnation of Saxon featuring two former band members who hold the legal rights to the name - "Oliver/Dawson Saxon".

Saxon began with a lineup of Peter "Biff" Byford on vocals, Paul Quinn and Graham Oliver on guitars, Steve "Dobby" Dawson on bass and drummer Pete "Frank" Gill. Early in their career the band changed their name from Son of a Bitch to Saxon, and gained support slots on tour with more established bands such as Motörhead.

In 1979 the band signed to the Carrere record label and released their eponymous debut album. In 1980 follow-up album Wheels of Steel (UK no 5) spawned two hit singles: the title track, and the crowd favourite "747 (Strangers in the Night)". The Strong Arm of the Law album (UK no 11), considered by fans to be one of their best recordings, was released later that same year, and chart success continued with singles from their next release, Denim and Leather (1981 UK no 9). The title track to that album is seen as an anthem of the early 1980s metal movement. Later legal issues with Carrere negated most if not all of the financial gains seen during their early success.

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* Producer : Gary Lyons
* Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands
* Mixed at Wisseloord Studios
* Artwork by Paul Gregory

Rock The Nations Album was Recorded with Saxon members:
* Biff Byford - vocals
* Graham Oliver - guitar
* Paul Quinn - guitar
* Paul Johnson - bass (actually bass guitar was played by Byford before Johnson joined the band)
* Nigel Glockler - drums

Saxon - Rock The Nations (1986)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Rock The Nations
02. Battle Cry
03. Waiting For The Night
04. We Came Here to Rock
05. You Ain't No Angel
06. Running Hot
07. Party Til You Puke
08. Empty Promises
09. Northern Lady

NOTE: Elton John plays piano on tracks 7 & 9

Other upcoming albums for Postings:
* Saxon (1979)
* Wheels of Steel (1980)
* Strong Arm of the Law (1980)
* Denim and Leather (1981)
* Power & the Glory (1983)
* Crusader (1984)
* Innocence Is No Excuse (1985)
* Rock the Nations (1986)
* Destiny (1988)
* Solid Ball of Rock (1990)
* Forever Free (1992)
* Dogs of War (1995)
* Unleash the Beast (1997)
* Metalhead (1999)
* Killing Ground (2001)
* Lionheart (2004)
* The Inner Sanctum (2007)
* Into the Labyrinth (2009)

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Skid Row - Discography

Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They are named after Phil Lynott and Gary Moore's first band. They were most successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s when their first two albums with lead singer Sebastian Bach and drummer Rob Affuso were multi-platinum successes. Their current line-up consists of Johnny Solinger (vocals), Dave "The Snake" Sabo (guitar), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass) and Dave Gara (drums). As of the end of 1996 the band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

They are often associated with glam metal, partly due to their image on their debut album, Skid Row, which spawned the hits "18 and Life", "Youth Gone Wild", and "I Remember You" for the band. They would eventually go on to foster an image base geared toward more traditional heavy metal and hard rock audiences.

Early years (1986-1988)
Skid Row was formed in Toms River, New Jersey, in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo. The pair added guitarist Steve Brotherton who was replaced with Kurtis Jackson and later by Scotti Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and lead vocalist Sebastian Bach, who replaced original lead vocalist Matt Fallon, to the line-up by early 1987. The band began playing shows in clubs throughout the eastern United States. Thanks to the assistance of friend Jon Bon Jovi, who secured a record deal for Skid Row with Atlantic Records in 1988, they entered the studio with Michael Wagener (of Ozzy Osbourne, White Lion and Extreme fame) to record their first album.

Skid Row (1989-1990)
Skid Row, released in January 1989, was an instant success. The record went 5x platinum and produced the hit singles "18 and Life", "I Remember You", and "Youth Gone Wild". Despite this success there was a lot of bitterness, because in return for the helping hands of Jon Bon Jovi they had to enter a publishing deal with his newly established Underground Music Company in which they waived their rights to publishing royalties. All money was paid to Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. [1] After a big public dispute Richie Sambora gave his share of the money back to Skid Row.

In what is referred to as "The Bottle Incident" by fans of the band, Bach was hit with a bottle thrown onstage from the crowd at a concert in Springfield, Massachusetts, where Skid Row was opening for Aerosmith on December 27, 1989. Bach threw the bottle back, hitting a girl (not the shooter), so he jumped on the crowd to beat the person who can be seen on a tour video released by Skid Row called Oh Say Can You Scream in 1990.

Shortly thereafter Bach put on, during a concert, a t-shirt proclaiming the anti-gay slogan "AIDS Kills Fags Dead". The shirt was thrown onstage by a fan, and Bach, without looking at it, put it on. After the concert Bach apologized, stating "My grandmother had recently died of cancer, I guess I would be pissed too if I saw someone wearing a 'Cancer Kills Grandmothers Dead' shirt". In later years Bach repeated his apology for wearing the shirt, and made a substantial donation to an AIDS charities and gay rights organizations.

Slave to the Grind (1991-1992)
Skid Row returned to the studio with Wagener in 1990, to record their second studio album. Slave to the Grind, released in June 1991, it debuted at Number 1 in the American charts, the first metal album to do so. Slave to the Grind became a major success, and Skid Row once again went out on a worldwide tour which lasted over a year, including a leg supporting Guns N' Roses in 1991 and an appearance at the Castle Donington festival in 1992. Slave to the Grind was a departure for the band; where Skid Row was an album that followed the typical hair band formula, Slave to the Grind had a heavier sound, even verging on thrash with the title track and grunge with the song "Mudkicker".

B-Side Ourselves, Subhuman Race, departure of Sebastian Bach and Hiatus (1993-1998)

Before a third album could be recorded, Skid Row took an extended hiatus in 1993, following the Slave to the Grind tour and the release of the EP, B-Side Ourselves, in September 1992.

For some time, Skid Row parted ways with Wagener, possibly due to their music taking a different direction for the follow-up to Slave to the Grind. In 1994, the band returned to the studio with Bob Rock (of Metallica, Mötley Crüe and The Offspring fame), to record their third studio album. Subhuman Race, released in March 1995, charted in the top 40. Although it did not achieve the success of Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, it generated a few hits, but at that point, their videos were rarely played on MTV, partly because of the rise in popularity of grunge and subsequent decline of many heavy metal styles and 1980s hard rock.

Eventually, Sebastian Bach was fired by the band in late 1996, just after an argument with Rachel Bolan over a chance to open up for KISS. Skid Row were called to open for KISS on New Year's Eve '96 and Bach was all for it as he has always been a huge fan of KISS. According to Bach, Rachel Bolan was more concerned with his punk band side project and did not want to play the show. Shortly after, drummer Rob Affuso left the band. Although the group never officially disbanded, the remaining members went on to play briefly in a band called Ozone Monday in mid 1998, which featured lead vocalist Sean McCabe.

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Skid Row - Skid Row (1989)
Skid Row is the debut album from the American heavy metal band Skid Row, released on January 24, 1989. The album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA. The album spawned the top 10 singles "18 and Life" and "I Remember You" and the Mainstream rock hit "Youth Gone Wild". It is the bands' most commercially successful album. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide, including 5 million in the United States alone.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 Big Guns - Rachel Bolan, Scotti Hill, Dave Sabo, Rob Affuso 3:36
02 Sweet Little Sister - Bolan, Sabo 3:10
03 Can't Stand the Heartache - Bolan 3:24
04 Piece of Me - Bolan 2:48
05 18 and Life - Bolan, Sabo 3:50
06 Rattlesnake Shake - Bolan, Sabo 3:07
07 Youth Gone Wild - Bolan, Sabo 3:18
08 Here I Am - Bolan, Sabo 3:10
09 Makin' a Mess - Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Sabo 3:38
10 I Remember You - Bolan, Sabo 5:10
11 Midnight/Tornado - Matt Fallon, Sabo 4:17

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Skid Row - 40 Seasons - The Best of skid row (1998)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 Youth Gone Wild (Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo) – 3:21
02 18 and Life (Bolan, Sabo) – 3:49
03 Piece of Me (Bolan) – 2:48
04 I Remember You (Bolan, Sabo) – 5:14
05 The Threat (Bolan, Sabo) – 3:48
06 Psycho Love (Bolan) – 3:58
07 Monkey Business (Bolan, Sabo) – 4:19
08 Quicksand Jesus (Bolan, Sabo) – 5:21
09 Slave to the Grind (Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Sabo) – 3:31
10 Into Another (remix) (Bolan, Sabo) – 3:59
11 Frozen (demo) (Bolan, Sabo) – 5:32
12 My Enemy (remix) (Affuso, Bolan, Hill) – 3:32
13 Breakin' Down (remix) (Sabo) – 4:28
14 Beat Yourself Blind (live) (Bolan, Snake, Hill) – 5:20
15 Forever (unreleased, 1988) (Bolan, Hill, Sabo) – 4:04
16 Fire in the Hole (unreleased, 1991) (Bolan, Hill) – 3:26
17 Psycho Therapy (originally by The Ramones) – 2:30 (Japan Bonus Track)

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Skid Row - Slave To The Grind (1991)
Slave to the Grind is Skid Row's second album, released on June 11, 1991. Slave to the Grind is notable for being the first heavy metal album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 during the SoundScan era, and many other metal albums followed, such as The Black Album by Metallica, and Far Beyond Driven by Pantera. Although it hit first in the SoundScan era, it only sold just over 4 million albums worldwide as of the end of 1996.

Two different versions were released: the original version, and the "clean" (censored) version. The clean version replaced the song "Get the Fuck Out" with the less-offensive "Beggar's Day".

Slave to the Grind marked the band's shift towards a heavier sound. The lyrics were more complex, criticizing modern ways of life, authority, politics, drugs, and organized religion, among other topics.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 Monkey Business (Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo) – 4:17
02 Slave to the Grind (Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Sabo) – 3:31
03 The Threat (Bolan, Sabo) – 3:47
04 Quicksand Jesus (Bolan, Sabo) – 5:21
05 Psycho Love (Bolan) – 3:58
06 Get the Fuck Out (Sabo) – 2:42
* On the censored version this track was replaced by "Beggar's Day" (Bolan, Sabo) – 4:02
07 Livin' on a Chain Gang (Bolan, Sabo) – 3:56
08 Creepshow (Rob Affuso, Bolan, Scotti Hill) – 3:56
09 In a Darkened Room (Bach, Bolan, Sabo) – 4:57
10 Riot Act (Bolan, Sabo) – 2:40
11 Mudkicker (Bach, Bolan, Hill) – 3:50
12 Wasted Time (Bach, Bolan, Sabo) – 5:46


Sebastian Bach's father painted the cover art, which is actually a long mural, continued inside the album's booklet. It is set in the medieval era, yet features people using technological gadgets of the present day.

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Skid Row - B-Side Ourselves (1992)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01. Psycho Therapy (Ramones cover) Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 2:30
02. C'Mon and Love Me (Kiss cover) Paul Stanley 3:23
03. Delivering the Goods (Live, Judas Priest cover) Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton 4:55
04. What You're Doing (Rush cover) Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson 4:26
05. Little Wing (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Jimi Hendrix 3:19

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Skid Row - Subhuman Race (1995)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01. My Enemy (Rob Affuso, Rachel Bolan, Scotti Hill) – 3:38
02. Firesign (Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Hill, Dave Sabo) – 4:54
03. Bonehead (Bolan, Sabo) – 2:16
04. Beat Yourself Blind (Bolan, Hill, Snake) – 5:02
05. Eileen (Affuso, Bach, Bolan, Snake) – 5:36
06. Remains to be Seen (Bolan, Hill, Snake) – 3:34
07. Subhuman Race (Bolan, Hill, Snake) – 2:40
08. Frozen (Bolan, Snake) – 4:43
09. Into Another (Bolan, Snake) – 4:02
10. Face Against My Soul (Affuso, Bach, Bolan, Snake) – 4:20
11. Medicine Jar (Bolan, Hill, Snake) – 3:36
12. Breakin' Down (Snake) – 4:30
13. Ironwill (Affuso, Bolan, Hill, Snake) – 7:43

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Skid Row re-formed in 1999 with new lead vocalist Johnny Solinger, formerly of Solinger, and drummer Charlie Mills. Mills soon left the band and was replaced with drummer Phil Varone, formerly of Saigon Kick. After re-forming, they opened for KISS on their farewell tour, and have also played with other 1980s metal bands such as Poison. They have been on tour every summer. In 2002 they were part of the Rock Never Stops Tour. The new lineup has shared the stage with such acts as Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, as well as many others from their genre.

Skid Row released their fourth full-length studio album, Thickskin, in 2003, which was their first album to feature Solinger and Varone and their first studio album in 8 years. In early 2004, Timothy DiDuro replaced Varone, who had abruptly left the band, citing personal reasons. DiDuro also appeared in the Skid Row video "Ghost." Varone returned, but after wide reports of drug abuse, he again left the band and was replaced by current drummer Dave Gara.

Skid Row - Thick Skin (2003)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
03 Swallow Me (The Real You)
04 Born a Beggar

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Skid Row - Hi-Five (2005) [Internet Release]
Atlantic/Rhino has made available an Internet-only EP from SKID ROW, entitled "Hi Five". According to a posting on former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach's official web site, the EP contains the following track listing:

01. Youth Gone Wild
02. 18 & Life
03. I Remember You
04. Monkey Business
05. Wasted Time

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Skid Row - Revolutions per Minute (2006)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 Disease
02 Another Dick in The System
03 Pulling My Heart Out From Under Me
04 When god Can't Wait
05 Shut Up baby I Love You
06 Strength
07 White Trash
08 Your Lie
09 Nothing
10 Love Is Dead
11 Let It Ride
12 You Lie (Bonus Track)

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