Skid Row songs are classics, especially the ones on the debut album.
In a new interview with UCR, Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan talked about how the band rejected the idea of putting the classic ballad “I Remember You” on the album.
As we all know, the song ended up as one of the best rock songs of all time.
Rachel Bolan explained:
“Snake [Sabo, guitar] and I fought tooth and nail not to put ‘I Remember You’ on the record. But I’m glad they overrode our decision.
“Because the label wanted it on there, and our management was telling us, ‘You guys are absolutely crazy if you don’t put this on there.’ And we were like, ‘Nope, we don’t want to be a ballad band.’ Because back then, that’s what was breaking all of the bands at the time.”
When asked about playing the song in clubs and them gaining female fans, Bolan added:
“But it was just, like, ‘We don’t want to be a chick band – we want to be a hard-rock band.’ So it came down to playing it, and even [producer] Michael Wagener was, like, ‘You guys have got to put this on the record – you’re crazy if you don’t put it on the record.’
“So we’re, like, ‘Okay, but no keyboards!’ That was the stipulation. So we did it, and he was never even thinking keyboards, but I think he just agreed to it, just so that we’d put it on the record.”
The bassist concluded:
“’18 and Life’ did a lot for us, but when ‘I Remember You’ came out, things really, really changed at that point. You couldn’t go out to the garbage and throw your garbage out without someone hiding in the bushes.
“I was, like, ‘Wow, I actually have to move out of the condo that I rent,’ which I really liked. So we were all buying houses and stuff like that. It was crazy.”
Sebastian Bach is currently smashing Skid Row classics live. Sebastian Bach and Skid Row are household names in the history of rock music. Skid Row’s first two albums were instant classics with the band achieving commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first two albums titled Skid Row (1989) and Slave to the Grind (1991) were certified multi-platinum. Especially ‘Slave To The Grind’, which touched number one on the Billboard 200. After parting ways with Sebastian Bach, Bach has been playing the songs live with his solo band once in a while. Fans have been craving for a reunion between Skid Row and Sebastian Bach which sadly didn’t happen.