Sunday, March 23, 2014

Episode 7: Skid Row

When Skid Row's debut album arrived on the changing metal music scene in January 1989, it felt like one of the last great albums of the '80s metal era. Big riffs, shredding guitar solos and the high energy waling of frontman Sebastian Bach fit the '80s rock formula well. But it was 1991's Slave to the Grind which showed that Skid Row wasn't just another hair band. Slave to the grind was a fast, heavy album that built on the sound the group had established with their debut, but could also go toe to toe with grunge bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, who were ushering in a new metal era (Nirvana's Nevermind arrived three months after Slave to the Grind was released). By the time the band's third studio album Subhuman Race was released however, the music scene had shifted dramatically, and the band had been having problems for years., Sebastion Bach was fired in 1996, and Skid row's time in the spotlight was over.

Sebastian Bach has gone on to do a variety of things, from putting out solo albums, to singing on Broadway, to starring in reality shows. Skid Row have continued to soldier on, and have found a second wave of popularity with their current lineup, including singer Johnny Solinger. Their 2013 EP United World Rebellion; Chapter One was very well received by critics and fans, and the next EP is due later this year.

This episode of Sunday Night Videos focuses on the first two Skid Row albums, which are their most popular by far. Here are six videos from Skid Row and Slave to the Grind:

Youth Gone Wild

I Remember You

Big Guns

Monkey Business

Wasted Time

Quicksand Jesus

BONUS:  I live in Springfield, Massachusetts, and arguably one of the most infamous events in Skid Row history took place right here in my backyard (though I was not at the show myself). On December 27, 1989, Skid row was opening for Aerosmith at the Springfield Civic center, when someone in the crowd threw a glass beer bottle at Sebastian Bach. He went on a profanity-fueled tirade and then fired the bottle back into the crowd before jumping down after the kid who originally threw it. Sadly, Bach actually hit a young woman in the face with the bottle. He ended up getting three years probation and settling with the young woman for about a half-million dollars (according to him). You can actually see the incident and an interview right afterward in the video below. But be warned--it's filled with foul language from beginning to end.

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