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Shane’s Rock Challenge: SKID ROW – 1989 – Skid Row

| 30 April 2014 | Reply

Shane’s Music Challenge: SKID ROW – 1989 – Skid Row

Skid Row - Skid Row cover

Boom! straight outta the gate Skid Row made sure that love ’em or hate ’em, you could not ignore them.

“Discovered” by Jon Bon Jovi, the band were – like most of the best metal bands – unshakeably self confident and resolute that their rightful place was at the top of the heap. Check out opening slap in the face of Big Guns -“Bang Bang shoot ‘em like a firing squad,” INDEED!

It’s little wonder that the album sold so many zillions of copies (5 million plus in the U.S. alone) – even the so-called “filler” here is gold: Sweet Little Sister, Can’t Stand The Heartache, Rattlesnake Shake, Here I Am and closer Midnight/Tornado all keep the pace up and the party raging.

But it’s the – *ahem* – big guns that’ll keep you coming back for more and more: Megahits 18 And Life and I Remember You see Sebastian Bach tearing plaster off the walls with his inhuman screams, and perfectly capture the zeitgeist of a moment in time as well as Appetite For Destruction or Slippery When Wet did of their own times.

Makin’ A Mess and Youth Gone Wild round out the record in fine style – the whole shebang being expertly produced by Michael Wagener to walk a fine line between \ polished hard rook and raw punk energy, so that it still sounds fresh and vibrant even now. That’s testament in itself to Skid Row (the album) being head and shoulders above the second-tier of hard rock show-offs & wannabees.

By Shane Pinnegar

Category: Shane's Rock Challenge

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