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Youth Gone Wild

Sebastian Bach showed the tattoo on his arm in every photo he took and in every interview he did. All publicity is good publicity, well Bach was the master at it, from the bottle throwing incident in which an innocent girl got hit, to his TShirt that said AIDS Kill Fags Dead, Bach was always in the news.  

The track introduced Skid Row to the world. Its written by Dave Sabo and Rachel Bolan but Bach made it his own, living and breathing the message.

It was also the track that made Bach move from Toronto to New Jersey and join the band. It was the track that got em signed to Atlantic, which was also having a war with Geffen for popularity and sales. Actually, it was only Bach, Sabo and Bolan who got signed to the label. Drummer Rob Affuso and guitarist Scotti Hill did not get a deal, but from my own experience in having being in bands, there would be a band agreement in place that provides them with wages.

Roll It.

Then the Gm riff starts and we are off and rolling.

Since I was born they couldn’t hold me down
Another misfit kid, another burned-out town

All the towns were the same. A main factory, a couple of pubs, a main street, a school and then a shopping centre or mall. And the kids, we were misfits. Some took it to extremes more than others, but it was all done in the name of fun and out of boredom, because all we had was our records to keep us enteretained.

I look and see it’s not only me
So many others have stood where I stand
We are the young, so raise your hands

We are not young anymore, and the new young have different viewpoints. We stood for our voice to be heard, to prove to people that we matter. The young today care about different things.

I went to my sons school performance and they asked the kids what they want to be when they grow up. These kids wanted to be gamers, social media influencers, rich, princesses and sporting stars. And then you have Greta, the face of climate change.

They call us problem child
We spend our lives on trial

Not anymore.

Kids and their parents are like friends and mates these days. But once upon a time it wasn’t like that. I got in trouble for saying “Get Lost”. People treated that combination as a swear word.

Boss screaming’ in my ear about who I’m supposed to be
Getcha a 3-piece wall street smile and son you’ll look just like me

Our education system and the curriculum it uses, produces compliant factory workers. And it does this by telling students to do well on tests and to pay attention in class and to memorise things for exams.

These things don’t help when you are trying to map out a road less taken, and when you need to figure out what needs to happen next to solve a problem you’ve never seen before.

But society, has been conditioned, under the pressure of the financial system and the government (under pressure from the lobbyists) to go to school and become a worker to serve the system.

There is a also great story of the song over at Classic Rock.


3 thoughts on “Youth Gone Wild

  1. Never knew that only 3 Skids were signed to the recording deal.
    Makes sense.
    I remember Jovi on the front cover of Rolling Stone back in 89 about a month before I seen them and R.S spilled the beans that it was Jovi and hired guns.

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