Well look what came out of sleaze ball gutter and caught everyone by surprise! Yup Skid Row the self titled debut that came out around this time back in January 1989 is given the Deluxe Edition status almost 30 years to the day of its initial release…
Hot off the press folks! This was just released yesterday (Jan 18th 2019)…..
I purchased the Debut in January of 1989 and so did you! My reason for checking these guys out was simple. They had on vocals a real young and skinny singer and a Canuck to Boot named Sebastian Bach and man could he sing and scream when duty calls when fronting the rest of the Skid Rows…
We all know the story of these guys right…
Skid Row as I have mentioned at various times at this blog got on all the big tours I had seen at the time.(89-91) From August 1989 to May of 1991 I seen Skid Row open for Bon Jovi (Once) Aerosmith(twice) and Guns N Rose(once) all on the debut album alone!
No wonder Skid Row sold 5 million records!
Good opening act and I’m sure they were pushing some of those ticket sales along with the headliners as well..
The debut is a slick polished hard rock album with some pretty good well written tracks. Rachel Bolan and Snake Sabo could write that’s for sure. 18 & Life was a one of those clever written tunes. Power Ballad that starts off that way but the chorus is the money shot when the song ramps up. For a single I dug 18 & Life even more so than the deliberately written I Remember You which was a little too much of a processed cheese ball track that back in 1989 (at the age of 22) I was not buying too much stock in what Snake and Rachel were trying sell me with that track.
Having said that many did like I Remember You so good on ya if you were one of those! But I prefer tunes like RattleSnake Shake with some crafty lyrics found within. See below….
Juicy Miss Lucy always diggin’ on junk
She’s on the corner talkin’ trash with the punks
Her buried treasure is so easy to see
‘Cause talk is cheap and so is she…
“Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” track listing:
01. Big Guns
02. Sweet Little Sister
03. Can’t Stand The Heartache
04. Piece Of Me
05. 18 And Life
06. Rattlesnake Shake
07. Youth Gone Wild
08. Here I Am
09. Makin’ A Mess
10. I Remember You
12. Forever (bonus track)
Live at the Marquee, Westminster, California (April 28, 1989):
01. Makin’ A Mess
02. Piece Of Me
03. Big Guns
04. 18 And Life
05. Sweet Little Sister
06. Rattlesnake Shake
07. I Remember You
08. Here I Am
09. Youth Gone Wild
10. Cold Gin
So there ya have it…Pretty cool Live show sounding unfixed and left alone and when I first listened to it was like I was transported back in time where Life was way simpler and music was still music and I still had all the hair on my head!
Bang bang shoot ’em up, the party never ends..
Well it did for these guys for sure…Bach went one way in 1996 and Rachel and Snake took their band the other way with about 7 Singers since than…
For the record this is the first Skid Row album I have purchased since Subhuman Race back in 1995!
It will be interesting to see where this release goes since right now iTunes and other streaming services have it. No physical product available for the Deluxe Editionof this yet but maybe in time the hollering that they will hear will be from Ladano whose Screaming for Vengeance errr make that Screaming for Physical product! We shall see…
Considering Bach was going on about none of the Skid Row albums being issued the deluxe treatment this one drops out of the blue….
Does Sebastian even know? Do Snake and Bolan know or did Money Bag Jovi who is still making money off of that debut(I think) reissue it himself? Hell why not JBJ has not put out a decent studio album in decades himself so why not cash in a little bit of that investment he made in Skid Row 30 years ago.. I checked around no one in Camp Bach Or Skid Row even mentioned this release!
Anyways I thought it would be fun to post a bit of the conversation Mikey Ladano and I had about this release and the reunion maybe?
DEKE-I did it damn it(bought it!)