With five full featured studio Skid Row albums, this heavy metal American band has tasted sweet success in the late 1980s up to the early 1990s. Formed in Toms River, New Jersey the band has sold over 20 million copies of their album. One of the most admirable things that the band achieved is that it took them just three or so years to come out with their first album. This is something that most bands do not experience.
It was Dave “The Snake” Sabo and Rachel Bolan who started the band. Through the years there have been some changes in the line up with the most famous of their former members was Sebastian Bach who was their vocalist back then. Sebastian’s departure happened when he tried to get the band to open for KISS. The other members did not like the idea and said that they are too big to be just an opening act. As a result, Sebastian left the band. Their current line up, aside from the two founders, are Rob Hammersmith, Scotti Hill, and Johnny Solinger.
They also experienced some difficulties with their relationship with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. While they were still getting started, they had given up a big percentage of their publishing rights to the two members of Bon Jovi. This caused a big problem as the band started to become famous. Eventually Sambora gave in and gave back a percentage of the publishing rights to the band.
Their debut album, ‘Skid Row’, was released on the 24th of January, 1989. The album was been given the platinum record five times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Impressively for a first album, it was able to rank no. 6 in the Billboard 200. Because of their new found popularity, a lot of fans started to look for some Skid Row merch and other items.
‘Slave to the Grind’ was released on the 11th of June 1991. It was considered a major success for the group as it ranked number 1 on Billboard 200. It was also considered an improvement for their music as it contained heavier lyrics that deals with wider social problems.
‘Subhuman Race’ is the third of the Skid Row albums and was released on March 28, 1995. It was the last album in which Sebastian Bach recorded with the band. The album was notable for the shift in the band’s sound from pure heavy metal to more of an alternative metal sound.
‘Thickskin’ was released on August 5, 2003, almost a decade since their last album. It was also the first album featuring their new vocalist Johnny Solinger. However, it was the last album with drummer Phil Varone who left the band after the album ws released.
Their latest album was released on the 24th of October, 2006 and was titled ‘Revolutions per Minute’. It was negative received by many music critics. The album was notable for it again paired the band with Michael Wagener, the famed producer who also produced their second album.
While it takes them a few years to come up with the next album, it is safe to say that we can expect more Skid Row albums in coming years. The band’s fame has not diminished, as proved by the demand for their band merch and studio albums.