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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