If you really think about it, Skid Row was one of the most exciting bands of the era in which heavy metal dominated our thoughts and dreams. The original quintet were bats out of hell in the early '90s, scoring platinum successes with their Skid Row and Slave To The Grind LPs. And, for awhile there, they seemed poised to conquer the world and make it a better, fairer world.
But, just then, something happened. Call it what you will… greed, fate, Sebastian Bach's unslakable thirst… whatever. Something. And that "something" spelled the end of one of the greatest eras music has ever known.
Oh, yeah, it was Nirvana.
But enough of that. Let's all enjoy Skid Row at their finest, with the video of "18 And Life" off their first album. This great, great video--and probably Row's greatest song--tells the tale of what can happen when seemingly-innocent gunplay turns ugly. It's a cautionary tale, to be sure, but one we can all learn from.
1 — Prison is a good place to reflect on things!
2 — "Boy. Hot apple pies cooling on windowsills, freshly-mown grass, the ocean breeze at sunrise, prison… they're all sure evocative."
3 — "Angry that I'll be fired by the rest of the band sometime in the future?! Why would I be angry that I'll be fired by the rest of the band sometime in the future?! Why?!"
4 — "Hey! I can no longer see my limitless future!"
5 — Left to right: Speedball Crankerson, Dealie Crankerson.
6 — Try as they might to resist, their magical same-sex moment would soon be consummated in a soulful kiss.
7 — "Arrrrr? Yer a human, aren't yer? C'mere a little closer, me human."
8 — "Seriously, man, I don't hear a thing. It couldn't have been the liquor talking."
9 — Holy smokes! It's Gunno, The Sentient Weapon!!
10 — "Let's see, now. If this is a gun, and my IQ is what it seems to be… oh, yeah, that's just a winning combination!"
11— "At last! Now I can tell her, 'No, I'm not just happy to see you, and you're damn right that's a gun in my pocket.'"
12 — In the end, the "near beer" had to pay for its many crimes.
13 — "Take that! That's what I'd say were I faced with a brigade of angry people who hated useless, imitative music that wouldn't be remembered. I'd say that!"
14 — "So we've proven that gasoline will, under the right circumstances, combust! Let lesser scientists beware!"