Music / Skid Row
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 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 band's fortunes. While still recording and touring with a new singer(and another in 2015, Tony Harnell of TNT) 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:

  • The Band Minus the Face: Sebastian Bach was fired from the band in 1996 and was replaced by relatively unknown Texan Johnny Solinger. To this day, many Skid Row fans are hoping that Sebastian Bach will someday reunite with Skid Row.
    • Hopes of Bach returning to Skid Row are higher than ever before as of 2016. Solinger left the band in April 2015 and was replaced by ex-TNT singer Tony Harnell, who then quit toward the end of the year. As of January 2016, Skid Row does not have a lead vocalist though ZP Theart (ex Dragonforce) performed as a guest vocalist at a one off show in February 2016.
  • Buxom Is Better: 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."
  • 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)
  • Gender-Blender Name: Bassist Rachel Bolan, born James Richard Southworth.
  • Genre Shift: The band's self-titled debut album was Hair Metal (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 Judas Priest style heavy metal as well as some Thrash Metal tracks that sounded similar to Megadeth.
  • Girls with Guns: "Beggar's Day" (Slave to the Grind)
  • Murder Ballad: "18 and Life", which is about a man drunkenly shooting and killing an innocent bystander and facing the consequences.
  • 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.