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->''They call us problem child, we spend our lives on trial, we walk an endless mile, we are the youth gone wild.\\
We stand and we won't fall, we're the one and one for all, the writing's on the wall, we are the youth gone wild.''
-->"Youth Gone Wild"

Skid Row is an American HeavyMetal band formed in 1987. Because of their image, they're often associated with glam rock, but eventually were seen in a more traditional sense of HeavyMetal/{{hair metal}}. First formed in New Jersey, the band got introduced to a producer by their friend Jon Music/BonJovi and were an instant success. The band's first album went platinum five times, and as of the end of 1996 the band has sold 20 million albums worldwide.

The rise of grunge and the departure of original lead singer Sebastian Bach in 1996 contributed to a decline in the band's fortunes. While they still recorded and toured with other singers (Jonny Solinger from 1999-2015 and Tony Harnell of {{Music/TNT}} in 2015) they had a much lower profile than their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s. It remains to be seen if they can revive their fortunes with their current vocalist, ZP Theart, formerly of Music/{{Dragonforce}}.

Their [[SignatureSong most popular songs]], "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild", come from their first album. Their second album, ''Slave To The Grind'', was considerably [[DarkerAndEdgier heavier and less mainstream]] than their first album, with several songs that could even be considered ThrashMetal.

'''Discography:'''

* ''Skid Row'' - 1989
* ''Slave To The Grind'' - 1991
* ''B-Side Ourselves'' - 1992 (EP)
* ''Subhuman Race'' - 1995
* ''Thickskin'' - 2003
* ''Revolutions Per Minute'' - 2006

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!!Tropes related to the band:

* TheBandMinusTheFace: Sebastian Bach was fired from the band in 1996 and was replaced by relatively unknown Texan Johnny Solinger (who himself left the band in 2015). To this day, many Skid Row fans are hoping that Sebastian Bach will someday reunite with Skid Row, however the band officially confirmed touring vocalist ZP Theart (ex Music/{{Dragonforce}}) as their new official singer in January 2017 making this unlikely for the moment.
* BuxomIsBetter: The song "Big Guns." In fact, when asked about the song's meaning during an interview, Sebastian Bach simply stated "Well, you know, we like big tits."
* ChildPopstar: Sebastian Bach recalls his first experience singing on stage at the age of twelve was with a band of older students at his school who had overheard him singing along to the first [[Music/ThePolice Police]] album. He later joked that he, "Must have looked like Music/JustinBieber."
* CoverAlbum: ''B-Side Ourselves'' EP, which contains covers of Music/TheRamones, Music/{{Kiss}}, Music/JudasPriest, Music/{{Rush}} and Music/JimiHendrix.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Slave to the Grind'', though they were this to the rest of the glam scene to begin with.
* {{Delinquents}}: "18 And Life" (''Skid Row'')
* DrugsAreBad: Sebastian Bach has said that "Wasted Time" was written about former Music/GunsNRoses drummer Steven Adler's heroin addiction.
* GenderBlenderName: Bassist Rachel Bolan, born James Richard Southworth.
* GenreShift: The band's self-titled debut album was HairMetal (although it was heavier and more aggressive-sounding than most other hair metal at the time). With their second album, ''Slave to the Grind'', the band dropped the hair metal in favor of Music/JudasPriest style heavy metal as well as some Music/ThrashMetal tracks that sounded similar to Music/{{Megadeth}}.
* GirlsWithGuns: "Beggar's Day" (''Slave to the Grind'')
* MurderBallad: "18 and Life", which is about a man drunkenly shooting and killing an innocent bystander and facing the consequences.
* PowerBallad: "18 and Life," "I Remember You," "In a Darkened Room," and "Wasted Time."
* PurpleProse: "In a Darkened Room" has much more formal lyrics than the average. And Sebastian Bach sounds [[LargeHam pretty hammy]] in his delivery, too.
--> ''Can I face the day''\\
''When I'm tortured in my trust''\\
''And watch it crystallize''\\
''While my salvation, it crumbles to dust?''\\
''Why can't I steer the ship before it hits the storm?''\\
''I've fallen to the sea, but still I swim for shore''
* RefrainFromAssuming: "I Remember You" is not "Remember Yesterday".
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "18 and Life" was written when guitarist Dave Sabo read a newspaper article about the event.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* StartMyOwn: Sebastian Bach.

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