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Skid Row

Skid RowAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Skid Row Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002INR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Guns
2. Sweet Little Sister
3. Can't Stand The Heartache
4. Pieces 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

Editorial Reviews

Skid Row distinguished themselves from the legions of pop-metal bands of the late '80s and early '90s chiefly by their attitude, which was closer to Guns N' Roses than to Bon Jovi. They're also distinctive these days, mainly because they're still around. Though their debut is the most radio-friendly and least musically mature of their albums, it does have some excellent songs on it, including the slow but edgy "18 and Life" and the anthem (every metal album must have one) "Youth Gone Wild". Musical talent and vocalist Sebastian Bach's over-the-top delivery made this band stand out from the crowd, although these days the material on this album does sound dated. -- Genevieve Williams

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Certified at 5 million units by the RIAA. (3/01)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Youth Captured on a Disc November 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you're like me, you grew up in the late 80's/early 90's and wanted to be in a band like Skid Row, Whitesnake or Def Leppard. At that time, these and other hair/glam/hard rock bands could do no wrong. From their wild hair to their sonic screams, you loved it all.
"Skid Row" is one of those albums that embodies that time of my life. From "Youth Gone Wild" to "I Remember You," the simple lyrics talked to every teenager growing at that time. There isn't anything great about any of the songs here, but they were the world to a lot of people back in '89. "18 and Life" is on the Classic Rock stations(as it should be) and I still know all the lyrics. You probably do too. These songs remind me of a fun time in life, when anything was possible.
Remember those times when you listen to this album. It's a time that seems long gone.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Even when I'm not in a hard rock mood, I can always listen to this album all the way through. Most of their 'Big Haired' peers might've only had one or two other good songs on their albums, besides the hits. That should tell ya something.
1) Big Guns -- Dirty lyric-filled, loud, slightly bluesy pop/metal anthem. A great opener.
2) Sweet Little Sister -- Fast paced, heavy, but also extremely catchy and somewhat poppy tune.
3) Can't Stand the Heartache -- Only a teeny bit less heavy, but more of an arena rock 'post love' anthem. Very underrated and another highlight of the album you won't hear on the radio.
4) Piece of Me -- One of the hits/videos. Probably the toughest, heaviest song on the album. An angry sounding, almost straight metal tune about fighting and partying. It's still singable though.
5) 18 & Life -- The most well-known tune. A melodic but still hard-edged pop/power ballad about a suicidal guy named Ricky. A slight departure from what most of the era's bands' power ballads sounded like.
6) Rattlesnake Shake -- Yet again, a tough, streetwise hard rocker about an, umm, prostitute. Reminds me of something Guns N' Roses would do.
7) Youth Gone Wild -- Another well known, shout-along rebellious (yet fun) anthem. Loud and heavy, yet slightly melodic.
8) Here I Am -- Not one of my favorites. A non-hit, rawer metal anthem.
9) Makin' A Mess -- A fast paced hard rocker, but it strays from the 'Get Chicks and Party' theme of the album. A first person account of, what sounds like, spouse abuse. Told in an anti- kind of way, but not a ballad at all.
10) I Remember You -- The other power ballad of the album. A somewhat accoustic tune in parts, almost reminding me of Mr Big's hit "To Be With You.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SKID ROW, THE PROVERBIAL "MUST HAVE"! April 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is a classic! It belongs in every serious collection of music. I sincerely believe you don't have to be into "metal" music to appreciate this album. Sebastian Bach's voice is incredible, and he brings the songs on this album to life. It is easy to see why SKID ROW stood out in the crowd of fledgling bands that emerged at that time. The songs don't sound "all the same" and there's absolutely no "filler" in this album. You can expect to enjoy every song. Any fan of Sebastian Bach's vocals will especially appreciate this album since now, ten years later, they can listen to his first solo effort and hear him sing five of the songs from this album again, live, and better than ever. Add this album to your collection. It will be one that you find yourself playing again and again. If you like SKID ROW and related bands then you may be pleasantly surprised to find that many of your favorite bands have released new material in 1999-early 2000. Need a memory jog? Click over to my home page on Amazon. I have most of the bands reviewed or at least mentioned. Are you ready to rock? :o)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good 80s metal album April 14, 2005
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Skid Row was one of the best bands of the pre-alternative "hair-band" era. It's unfortunate that Skid Row has been lumped in with bands like Warrant and Poison, because Skid Row rocked a lot harder than those bands. I would go as far as to say that Skid Row were second only to Guns N' Roses as the best mainstream rock band of the late 80s, early 90s. Skid Row has always had a knack for writing heavy, catchy, infectious riffs with good sing-along choruses. Sebastian Bach was, in my opinion, second only to Axl Rose as the best singer/frontman of the late 80s/early 90s.

Although Skid Row's debut is their best selling album, it's not their best work. It pales in comparison to their masterpiece "Slave to the Grind" (1991) and the underrated "Subhuman Race" (1995). Although it's still better than the Bach-less "Thickskin" (2003).

Skid Row's debut is slightly generic, although it's still a strong album. The highlights include the ballads "18 and Life," "I Remember You," and the anthem "Youth Gone Wild." The rest of the album is by-the-numbers standard 80s metal. But they're still all good songs.

If you want to check out Skid Row, I recommend the follow-up album "Slave to the Grind." But Skid Row's debut is still a good CD. If you are looking for a good 80s metal record, this album should please you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Skid Row
I actually thought this was a best of album at first, there are so many hits on it! The combination of Snake's riffs with Bach's vocals is AMAZING! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Donna Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Home to "SKID ROW"!
Skid Row, gotta love 'em! They were a true "right place - right time" band for the era. The tracks "Youth Gone Wild" and "I Remember You" seem to be... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Swishy
1.0 out of 5 stars Was unpleasant to listen to back then and now.
My friends loved this album & Skid Row. I found it formulaic and dull. Listening to Sebastian Bach screech poorly written lyrics is downright unpleasant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kristina Moulden
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my teens!
Sebastian Bach is awesome. No one can scream in tune like he can! Highly recommend for anyone missing the old hair band music.
Published 1 month ago by Holli Hollingsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
i liked it, should be enough acknowledgement. I should not have to write an essay to give you my opinion.
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hard rock, metal album!!!
I am a big fan of hard rock music from the 1980's, and this one is at the top of my list of favorites. Just the run of the mill hard rock records from the "hair metal" era.
Published 2 months ago by Charles J. Paris
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of 90s hair metal
Skid Row is,in my opinion,one of the greatest hair metal bands of the 90s,and this CD proves why! Great heavy songs,mixed with the most memorable power-ballads from the era,make... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Caton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great compilation all the hits you would want on a cd from skid row before they screwed of and canned sebastian bach.
Published 3 months ago by Brett Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars We Are The Wild Ones!
Hey It's Sunnydale Chick here, and now that I told the rest of my Love story.....I thought I'd give a Heads Up on our band Almost Famous (were like a cover band....... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Scream Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars love skid row
who doesn't love skid row what else can I say I love skid row and I think it was a great buy
Published 5 months ago by Cjcc
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