I’ve had this post in draft for about a week.
On March 28th, 1995 “Skid Row” released their third album “Subhuman Race” on Atlantic Records. 26 years ago.
This is the last Skid Row album with singer Sebastian Bach and drummer Rob Affuso, and the last one to be released on Atlantic.
No one in Australia even knew of the issues that the band was having with Sebastian Bach and his arguments with Rachel Bolan. And the album charted really well in Australia, reaching Number 5 on the charts.
Bolan many years later described the album as a nightmare to do because the band was pressured into doing the album, even though they had fallen apart internally, and the change of producers who had different ways of doing things didn’t help. Bolan wanted Michael Waegner to remain but Bob Rock was given the gig.
Sebastian Bach also said that the sounds are dated, which is no surprise that the album tracks which appeared on the greatest hits album got remixed and cleaned up.
The album didn’t have the same level of commercial success of their two previous albums.
But I still like it.
Because I first became a fan of the band because of the lyrics and Rachel Bolan is still a master at writing some kick ass lyrics.
Keep the peace when face to face with the scene
Got a hunch that ain’t what you really mean
Weather’s fair, does that change where you stand?
My back is turned and the knife is in your hand
Doesn’t it piss you off when people put shit on you to get ahead.
I always saw this song as a sign of the times.
I read interviews from Blind Melon, Pearl Jam and Kim Thayil from Soundgarden in Guitar World where they put shit on bands from the 80s and on guitar players who could shred. It didn’t need to happen as all of those bands operated in different sonics and different headspaces.
There’s always room for all of em in my life.
Walk all over what I believe
But I’m still here, you disappear
Only if it’s true. People who shit on you, are always around to shit on you a little bit more.
Only if you let them.
If the weight of the world is on your shoulders
Then carry it for a day
Love that lyric.
Beat Yourself Blind
Pour me a chemical to take away the edge
Maybe I’ll pour a chemical to give me an edge.
Eileen’s calling me to sit awhile and talk to trees
The mind is a fragile thing. But it can be trained to be tough but it can also make you disconnect from reality.
Taking liberties; burned by your dictation
Taking liberties means to “behave in an unduly familiar manner towards a person” while dictation means “the action of giving orders authoritatively or categorically.”
Conformity to someone else’s way of life who sees you as subhuman never ends well. Stand your ground and fight for your views and beliefs.
Show me a sign
To a light that shines
One direction into another
Sheltered peace of mind
This song reminds me so much of Rush, in a musical sense.
And I’m always looking for new ways to make life better, but man, sometimes it would be great if there was a sign.
Life comes and goes, quick as does the day
Blink and you will miss it.
Time’s a breathing bomb, going with the flow
Stand atop it all outside the status quo
It’s easy to say “I will live outside the circle” but the status quo is a tough undertow to avoid.
Hide from all the hell and wash up with the tide
Wait and you commit psychological suicide
You need to be in the chaos to survive.
Break the molds of beg and submission
A brilliant line to be who you are. Don’t let anyone file down your rough edges that make you unique.
What’s peoples views on this album?