Skid Row (album)

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Skid Row
Studio album by Skid Row
Released January 24, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 39:29
Label Atlantic
Producer Michael Wagener
Skid Row chronology
Skid Row
Slave to the Grind
Singles from Skid Row
  1. "Youth Gone Wild"
    Released: 1989
  2. "18 and Life"
    Released: June 16, 1989
  3. "I Remember You"
    Released: November 18, 1989
  4. "Piece of Me"
    Released: 1989[1]

Skid Row is the eponymous debut album by American heavy metal band Skid Row, released on January 24, 1989. The album charted at #6 on The Billboard 200 and is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA. Released from the album were the top 10 singles "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and the mainstream rock hit "Youth Gone Wild", all three singles featuring music videos. It is the band's most commercially successful album. The album has since sold five million copies in the United States alone.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C+[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[6]

Skid Row received generally positive reviews. AllMusic said that the album had "melodies and songwriting [that] are pretty consistent", and gave it a score of four stars out of five.[3] A Sputnikmusic staff review, which also rated the album as four out of five, said that Skid Row had a "strong footing in pop, rock and metal which could stand out from the crowd on its own merits".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Published By New Jersey Underground Music.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Big Guns"   Rachel Bolan, Scotti Hill, Dave Sabo, Rob Affuso 3:36
2. "Sweet Little Sister"   Bolan, Sabo 3:10
3. "Can't Stand the Heartache"   Bolan 3:24
4. "Piece of Me"   Bolan 2:48
5. "18 and Life"   Bach, Bolan, Sabo 3:50
6. "Rattlesnake Shake"   Bolan, Sabo 3:07
7. "Youth Gone Wild"   Bach, Bolan, Sabo 3:18
8. "Here I Am"   Bolan, Sabo 3:10
9. "Makin' a Mess"   Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Sabo 3:38
10. "I Remember You"   Bach, Bolan, Sabo 5:10
11. "Midnight / Tornado"   Matt Fallon, Sabo 4:17


Additional personnel
  • David Kent – engineer
  • Michael Wagener – producer, engineer, mixing


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart 12
Canada Albums Chart 8
Japan Albums Chart 35
Swedish Albums Chart 21
Swiss Albums Chart 26
UK Albums Chart[9] 30
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 6


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "18 and Life" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
The Billboard Hot 100 4
"I Remember You" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 23
The Billboard Hot 100 6
"Youth Gone Wild" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
The Billboard Hot 100 99


The following songs were written and demoed for the album, but were not included.

  • "Forever" (released on 40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row)
  • "Walk with a Stranger"
  • "Dirty World"
  • "Knock, Knock Baby"
  • "Shame Shame"
  • "Love Comes Down"
  • "Waiting for Me"
  • "Can't Wait Til It's Here"
  • "Money in a Hurry"
  • "Shine in the Night"[11]

Video Album[edit]

Oh Say Can You Scream is a VHS video of live performances by Skid Row featuring songs from the band's self-titled debut album. It was released on December 4, 1990 and sold nearly 2 million copies around the world.


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  2. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Skid Row (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Skid Row CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Skid Row". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Donnelly, Dave (January 16, 2006). "Review: Skid Row - Skid Row". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Skid Row – Skid Row". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Skid Row in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Skid Row – Skid Row". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "Chart Stats - Skid Row - Skid Row". Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Skid Row (album) at AllMusic
  11. ^ "Skid Row - 1988 Demos [Demo] [Heavy/Glam Metal] - Metal Kingdom". Retrieved 12 August 2011.