Skid Row’s ‘Slave to the Grind’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Today is a big anniversary for an album that rocked all of us 80's hair band-lovers.
Skid Row's 'Slave to the Grind' was released June 11, 1991, making it 25 years old. Does that make YOU feel old? I remember the album well, from the super-fast, high-energy guitar and drum riffs in the title song, to the powerful "Monkey Business," to the ballads I enjoy just as much today -- "Quicksand Jesus," "In a Darkened Room" and "Wasted Time." ("Wasted Time" is still a favorite karaoke song of mine.)
If you want to talk about number of favorite songs on one album, this one has to be in my top three...and each one of these songs sounds different from the next. Now that I think about it, the album itself could possibly make my top 10 of all time.
“I’ve always liked music that was diverse,” Bach said in an interview with Loudwire. “And we wanted to take some chances maybe, but we weren’t stupid,”
I never got to see Skid Row in its entirety perform any of those songs live, but I did get to witness their awesomeness months ago, when vocalist Sebastian Bach (who I absolutely adored in the band's heyday) paid a visit to The Stage at Silver Star in Bossier City. Hearing the tunes I rocked out to so many years before was a pretty special experience for me.
I can’t be the only one who loved the album this much. In these last 25 years, “Slave to the Grind” has sold more than 2-million copies.