Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind” At A Quarter Century (1991-2016)

Wow can you believe that we are at the 25th Anniversary of the sophomore effort by Skid Row? Yeah my Metal friends, today is the day that their “Slave To The Grind” album was released back in 1991 on Atlantic Records. The album was a whole lot heavier than their debut which spawned the hits “I Remember You”, “Youth Gone Wild” and “18 and Life” and as result would not get the same kind of airplay that its predecessor did. I’ll admit that when this particular album was released that I was full on into the heavier side of Metal and while I enjoyed a few tracks on this one, not a whole lot of my immediate circle was listening to it and back then you kind of followed the pack a little more. I did own a copy because I loved the title track, the song “Monkey Business” and a few more that are not coming to me at the moment so I apologize. As before I’ve left the full discovery on the albums history to your own devices since all of that has been fully documented over on Wikipedia.

To me this was an interesting album to find the band putting out because it was so much heavier than the debut and while new fans might have rallied to that charge I am sure the ones who wanted only ballads and songs about troubled youth moved on to the next band that was going to give them that sort of thing. The core songwriting of the album comes care of Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo while Bach worked on the title number and a couple of others. An iinteresing point about this album is the fact that both a clean and an uncensored version was released. The uncensored one had the song “Get The Fuck Out” while “Beggar’s Banquet” could be found on the clean version. The lineup for the release is what is now referred to as the seminal lineup for the group with Sebastian Bach – lead vocals, Rachel Bolan – bass guitar, backing vocals, Scotti Hill – guitar, backing vocals, Dave Sabo – guitar, backing vocals and Rob Affuso – drums and percussion. Production came care of studio wizard Michael Wagener. Believe it or not, I never saw the band back during this time and only finally caught them at one of the Eddie Trunk parties at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. I discussed that event HERE in case you wanted to check it out. Bach had been long gone by this time though. Let’s take a look at the full track listing below. What were your favorites from this one?

Track Listing:
1. Monkey Business
2. Slave to the Grind
3. The Threat
4. Quicksand Jesus
5. Psycho Love
6. Get the Fuck Out
7. Livin’ on a Chain Gang
8. Creepshow
9. In a Darkened Room
10. Riot Act
11. Mudkicker
12. Wasted Time

In today’s music geography Skid Row now tours without the voice of Sebastian Bach and have done so for quite some time. They had Johnny Solinger for many years before replacing him with Tony Harnell of TNT but that would be short lived and now the band finds ZP Theart filling in for the live shows. He sang for Dragonforce in case you didn’t know that. Bach has been keeping busy as well and touring as a solo artist and while he has released several albums over the years the last couple of times that I caught him in concert he delivered a strictly Skid Row set. The fans continually pine for a reunion of the classic lineup but I think that too much time has passed by for that to happen and make any kind of sense. Of course I would love to see it also since the band’s first two works are considered must haves in one’s musical library and so many reunions of bands of this particular era have done it. Folks almost expected Skid Row with Bach to be announced as the opener on the “Not In This Lifetime” tour that Guns N Roses are heading out on. Of course that was not the case. Congratulations to Skid Row by not suffering the sophomore curse and delivering a throttling release that has withstood the tests of time. Fans can let me know what they think of this recording in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.skidrow.com
Official Album Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_to_the_Grind

2 thoughts on “Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind” At A Quarter Century (1991-2016)”

  1. Definitely my favorite album from them. Heavy as hell indeed but I think it pulled them away from the rest of the pack because as much as I love the first album, the whole glam/hair genre was getting watered down and over populated at the time. Slave made the Skids stand out as a giant during a time that metal was going away and grunge was taking over. I believe Slave was also the first metal album to debut at number 1 on Billboards Top 200 so despite lack of airplay compared to the first go round the real fans were definitely engaged. This also set them up for the even more mature, darker, moody and heavy Subhuman Race to come a few years later which I think is just about as great as Slave but Slave to me slightly has it beat. First three albums are legendary with each one evolving into the next. An amazing band who never settled for sticking with one direction but never lost who they were either. Never say never to the reunion. Chris Jericho revealed on a recent Talk is Jericho podcast with guest Sami Zayn (WWE Superstar) that Rachel and Baz have been texting again. If Axl and Slash could do it after all this time anything is possible.

  2. Blew my mind when I first heard this. I was used to “I Remember You” Skid Row and kinda chalked them up to a typical hair metal band. Then they dropped this bomb and I had to step back. Seriously killer riffs, unbelievable vocals…truly a great album.

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