Slave to the Grind
|Slave to the Grind|
|Studio album by Skid Row|
|Released||June 11, 1991|
|Recorded||1990–1991 at New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Scream Studios in Studio City, California|
|Genre||Heavy metal, Thrash metal|
|Producer||Michael Wagener, Dave Sabo|
|Skid Row chronology|
|Singles from Slave to the Grind|
Slave to the Grind is Skid Row's second album, released on June 11, 1991. Slave to the Grind is notable for being the first heavy metal album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the SoundScan era.
Two different versions were released: the original version, and the "clean" (censored) version. The clean version replaced the song "Get the Fuck Out" with the less-offensive "Beggar's Day".
Slave to the Grind marked the band's move towards a heavier sound. The lyrics were more complex, criticizing modern ways of life, authority, politics, drugs, and organized religion, among other topics.
Sebastian Bach's father painted the cover art, which is actually a long mural, continued inside the album's booklet. It is set in the medieval era (inspired by Caravaggio's Burial of St. Lucy (1608)), yet has people using modern technological gadgets. John F. Kennedy is in the crowd.
Music videos were produced for the five singles "Monkey Business", "Slave to the Grind", "Wasted Time", "In a Darkened Room" and "Quicksand Jesus" all of which feature on the video album No Frills Video.
|1.||"Monkey Business"||Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo||4:20|
|2.||"Slave to the Grind"||Sebastian Bach, Bolan, Sabo||3:31|
|3.||"The Threat"||Bolan, Sabo||3:52|
|4.||"Quicksand Jesus"||Bolan, Sabo||5:26|
|6.||"Get the Fuck Out" (Does not appear on clean version)||Bolan, Sabo||2:42|
|7.||"Livin' on a Chain Gang"||Bolan, Sabo||4:00|
|8.||"Creepshow"||Bolan, Rob Affuso, Scotti Hill||3:59|
|9.||"In a Darkened Room" (†)||Bach, Bolan, Sabo||3:57|
|10.||"Riot Act"||Bolan, Sabo||2:42|
|11.||"Mudkicker"||Bach, Bolan, Hill||3:56|
|12.||"Wasted Time"||Bach, Bolan, Sabo||5:50|
|13.||"Beggar's Day [*]" (Japanese Bonus Track, replaces "Get the Fuck Out" on "Clean Version")||Bach, Bolan, Sabo||4:05|
|14.||"Holidays in the Sun [*]" (Japanese Bonus Track, Re-Edition Only)||Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock||3:38|
|15.||"Get the Fuck Out [*][Live] "Recorded live at Wembley Stadium 1991"" (Japanese Bonus Track, Re-Edition Only)||Bolan, Sabo||5:31|
|16.||"Delivering the Goods [*][Live] "Recorded live in Arizona 1992" (Same version that B-Side Ourselves)" (Japanese Bonus Track, Re-Edition Only)||Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford||4:52|
† Album liner notes incorrectly list the length as 4:57.
- Rob Affuso – drums and percussion
- Sebastian Bach – lead vocals
- Rachel Bolan – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Scotti Hill – guitars, backing vocals
- Dave "The Snake" Sabo – guitars, backing vocals, production
- Additional personnel
- Riley J. Connell – assistant engineer
- George Marino – mastering
- Michael Wagener – producer, mixing
- Bob Defrin – art direction
- Craig Doubet – assistant engineer
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|Australian Albums Chart||3|
|Austria Albums Chart||16|
|Canada Albums Chart||8|
|Japan Albums Chart||3|
|Norway Albums Chart||12|
|Swedish Albums Chart||9|
|Swiss Albums Chart||15|
|UK Albums Chart||5|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|1991||"Monkey Business"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||13|
|UK Singles Chart||19|
|"Slave to the Grind"||UK Singles Chart||43|
|"Wasted Time"||Billboard Hot 100||88|
|Mainstream Rock Tracks||30|
|UK Singles Chart||20|
|"In a Darkened Room"||Switzerland||27|
The following songs were written and demoed for the album, not included.
- "Fire in the Hole" (released on 40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row)
- "Burned" ~ (better you than me)
- "You and Me"
- Slave to the Grind at AllMusic
- Metal Edge, May 1992
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- "British album certifications – Skid Row – Slave to the Grind". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Slave to the Grind in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
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- Slave to the Grind at AllMusic
- "Chart Stats - Skid Row - singles". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012.
- Billboard-singles Slave to the Grind at AllMusic
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