is an American Heavy Metal
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 hair metal
. First formed in New Jersey, the band got introduced to a producer by their friend Jon Bon Jovi
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 bands fortunes. While still recording and touring with a new singer they have a much lower profile than their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s.
Their 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 heavier and less mainstream
than their first album, with several songs that could even be considered Thrash Metal
- Skid Row - 1989
- Slave To The Grind - 1991
- B-Side Ourselves - 1992 (EP)
- Subhuman Race - 1995
- Thickskin - 2003
- Revolutions Per Minute -2006
Tropes related to the band:
- Buxom Is Better: The song "Big Guns." In fact, when asked about the song's lyrics in an interview, the band responded "We just really like women with big breasts."
- Child Popstar: 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 Police album. He later joked that he, "Must have looked like Justin Bieber."
- Cover Album: B-Side Ourselves EP, which contains covers of The Ramones, Kiss, Judas Priest, Rush and Jimi Hendrix.
- Darker and Edgier: Slave to the Grind, though they were this to the rest of the glam scene to begin with.
- Delinquents: "18 And Life" (Skid Row)
- Girls with Guns: "Beggar's Day" (Slave to the Grind)
- Power Ballad: "18 and Life," "I Remember You," "In a Darkened Room," and "Wasted Time."
- Purple Prose: "In a Darkened Room" has much more formal lyrics than the average. And Sebastian Bach sounds 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
- Refrain from Assuming: "I Remember You" is not "Remember Yesterday".
- Ripped from the Headlines: "18 and Life" was written when guitarist Dave Sabo read a newspaper article about the event.
- Self-Titled Album
- Start My Own: Sebastian Bach.