18 and Life
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Taking many cues from the wriggling toughness of Guns N' Roses, Skid Row's 1989 debut remains one of the hardest entries in the pop-metal era, powered as much by the ferociously gymnastic vocals of Sebastian Bach as by the undeniably excellent double guitar blitzkrieg of Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill. As relevant to rock music and every bit as listenable as the first records by both Motley Crue and GNR all these years later, Skid Row may come as a surprise to folks who think the band is only good for "18 and Life" and "Youth Gone Wild." Don't miss "Piece of Me."