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Artist: Skid Row

Title: Thickskin

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2003

Label: Skid Row Records

Catalog Number: SRR-19182-3


Johnny Solinger vocals
Rachel Bolan bass
Scotti Hill guitar
Dave Snake Sabo guitar
Phil Varone drums


1.  New Generation  
2.  Ghost  
3.  Swallow Me (The Real You)  
4.  Born A Beggar  
5.  Thick Is The Skin  
6.  See You Around  
7.  Mouth Of Voodoo  
8.  One Light  
9.  I Remember You Two  
10.  Lamb  
11.  Down From Underground  
12.  Hittin' A Wall  

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From: ERIK Date: August 18, 2003 at 16:15
At a first listen, this record sounds better than Subhuman Race. It's got more and better melodies. The cover of I Remember You is not that bad either. BUT, this is far from the heights of both their debut album and Slave to the Grind. It doesn't even come close. And let me point out: Not a single record since 1994 has come even close to those kind of masterpieces.

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: August 18, 2003 at 17:56
First let me say that I like this release. 2nd, let me say that I like Jonny Solinger's vocals...while he's no Bas, he's good.The thing I don't like about this cd is that the Skids seem to have no idea whether they wanna sound like a Slave/Subhuman version of their old selves, or if they wanna sound like the Goo Goo Dolls!(no, I'm not kidding) The funny thing is, I like the lighter stuff better.'Ghost' is excellent;'Born a Beggar','See You Around',and 'One Light' are also very good, and are ...

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: August 18, 2003 at 17:56
...very 'Goo Goo-ish'. I just think Solinger does the lighter fare better.Don't get me wrong,there are some good, hard rockers as well, with 'Lamb' being my favorite, followed by 'Thick is the Skin' and 'New Generation'. This is a good release, but it may confuse some of the longtime fans who wanted a sound similar to 'Slave to the Grind'. Again, a good release, but just a tad on the eclectic side.

From: T-Bone Date: August 18, 2003 at 20:14
I agree with Whiplash. The more melodic tracks on this CD are excellant as are the harder more modern tracks, but there seems to be no in-between. It's as iff some tracks were written around 1993 and then some were added recently and then all put on the same record. I Like almost the entire CD, but it seems a little on the directionless side. The rehashed version of I Remember You could have been left off and left alone. They should have redone Youth Gone Wild or Monkey Business instead.

From: CHIRO Date: August 28, 2003 at 19:51

From: CHIRO Date: August 28, 2003 at 19:52

From: Brandon Date: September 21, 2003 at 11:56
This is a fantastic album by the band, anyone who doesn't think should jump in a lake. Sure it may not be as heavy as slave to the grind, but this album has some great songs on it. Thick is the skin could have been on STTG, Ghost could be a huge song right now if it was recorded by say Nickelback or Default. Johnny is here and he's here to stay. He's a great vocalist, he can hit every note that Sebastian can hit, only his voice isn't as melodic. Even though this isn't STTG it's still great.

From: Punkiz/obsesivo Date: September 24, 2003 at 8:23
Menuda mierda alternativa,si sacan estas mierdas que se dediquen a fabricar yoyos.El cantante no es malo,pero no le lleva a la suela de los zapatos a Sebastian.Casi mas malo el disco que SUbhuman race,Pegadizo,pero esto no es Hardrock.No lo compres,Es una puta y asquerosa mierda.Si te gusta lo alternativo,pos te gustarà

From: Raffaele Date: September 25, 2003 at 9:13
Questo è un mediocre 'new-rock'. Capisco che senza Bach non si poteva ripetere un Slave to the grind, però questo album non avrebbe dovuto portare il nome degli Skid Row. Sono molto deluso...

From: PauloFernandes Date: October 5, 2003 at 13:52
Contrary to my initial expectations for this album after hearing the pre-album samples, etc, i ... liked it a lot, the mellow songs could be hits nowadays if somebody in the radio picked this up, no doubt about that. Damn, i'm even thinking of getting the DVD

From: DANIEL SPERA Date: October 29, 2003 at 18:01

From: Aero Force Mike Date: October 31, 2003 at 15:53
Wow, Kiss have repackaged 'Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions' and simply called it Thickskin. Funny that... I thought I was getting a Skid Row album. Oh well, the new singer's good... shame he's forced to sing a load of grunge nonsense - I bet he could really rip on some classic widdly cock-rock songs.

From: Wolf Date: November 3, 2003 at 7:56
Not so good CD. I'm thinking, it's not a previous SKID ROW...

From: Federico Date: November 6, 2003 at 19:12
I'm happy they are back. The first two cds were much beter than this. However this is not bad I agree with Erik this one is better than Subhuman race. They can do much better if they write another Skid row(the first).If they want to sound more modern,well, born a beggar is a good song. I Give this one 6,5, Get real 9,12 is too much.

From: Edu Martins Date: November 29, 2003 at 23:05
First listening, i thought it was a real shitty crappy grunge or alternacrap music, but listening few more times, i really liked the album. Its the weakest album from Skid Row, and doest sound like any of the Sebach era albums, but its strong, heavy and have very good songs. Negative point is the remake of I Remember You. Its not too good as the original and dont make sense that remake, only for the sensation to see the band trying to recriate a classic and not doing very well. I give it 8/10.

From: Ribap Date: December 1, 2003 at 13:53
After various listenings i really dig this cd. Different sound than the old albums, but very catchy songs. In my opinion this is the best 80's bands comeback album.

From: ChrisSlade Date: January 5, 2004 at 15:03
Go see BAS live if you want to see a really kick ass band!!

From: John Date: January 6, 2004 at 19:53
I saw Bas live recently. His new band is not kickass.

From: Carmine Rose Date: January 13, 2004 at 15:55
Three words: NOT SKID ROW!

From: Skid row sucks. Date: January 13, 2004 at 19:53
This album sounds like all the worst acts pushed into one pile of steaming crap. I'd rather be shit on by a cow than have to put up with this uncool pile of duck semen. No seb, no good. Solinger swallows. Skid Row blows. Wheres my receipt? Fucking most expensive beer coaster ever. We want rock, not steaming turd alternative faggot knob shit 'rock' Shit Row.

From: holyroller Date: January 24, 2004 at 19:00
I had no expectations for this album, and was pleasantly surprised. I hated Subhuman Race, it's right up there with Dokken's Shadowlife as prime examples of what happens when rock bands start caring about critical acclaim. I was also pleased with the amount of midtempo songs on here, it really balances out the album. Johnny's a great vocalist and frontman, I don't care what anybody says. Sebastian Bach is one of a kind but a reunion isn't likely to happen.

From: Ric Date: January 25, 2004 at 19:47
Are people on this page smoking massive amounts of freaking CRACK??I listened 2 this the other day at the record store and it sounds like friggin Grunge shit!!Not worth a damn wooden nickel!!Hair bands stop trying to go grunge and turning your backs on us fans!!We made U bastards and to true Hard Rock fans like me,U R F*cking traitors!!!In short.....THIS C.D SUCKS!!!

From: Dean Date: January 25, 2004 at 19:49
Am i the only one who thinks this sounds a lot like newer Anthrax with Bush singing? After reading all the reviews i expected something totally different. Subhuman is one of my favorite albums of all time so right away i know my opinions def. differ from most people on this site. I miss Bas but at the same time i like this alot. So send the beer coasters my way, I'll take 'em.

From: bas/fan Date: January 28, 2004 at 4:23
I agree with most people if there's no sebastian theres no skid row they should call themselves something else man , better off listening to sebastians solo band

From: shifter Date: May 17, 2004 at 11:48
i like this record, but there are some things that must be said: the songs are alot better than subhuman race, but they are by far not as good as the stuff from the first two cds. 2) nothing against johnny, but sebastian bach could make a highlight of an average song, just by adding his vocals on it. johnny don't. 3) the remake of i remember you sucks and new generation sounds like a marilyn manson rip off. but there are some good songs on it, like ghost, born a beggar or thick is the skin...

From: Tomcat Date: May 17, 2004 at 15:52
after a few spins i came to realize how good this album really is...

From: Date: May 23, 2004 at 15:12
One of the best CDs of 2003!! (Seriously) A more modernized Skid Row. This CD really grows on you. Give it a few more spins before you write it off. With proper representation and distribution, this would have been huge. The DVD is equally entertaining.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 24, 2004 at 8:58
IMHO I don't hear the grunge vibe on this. Heavier, yeah sure, it's pretty heavy compared to the first 2 but grunge, nah. I don't hear Cobain or Vedder influences on here. They're going to sound different with that many years gojne by, AND a new vocalist on top of that. I don't know of ANY bands that have been around that long that still sound exactly the same as they did when they started. To expect that an artist will have no new life experiences or changes in direction is just kinda silly.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 24, 2004 at 9:01
(cont.) Solinger doesn't sound the same as Bas, and I loved Bas' vocals but Solinger sounds great. What, did you think they would look for a clone of Bas like priest found with Ripper Owens? It's cool if you don't like it, that's what opinions are for, but I just don't view this as a betrayal or any such nonsense...but then that's just MY opinion...

From: Slik Vicc Date: May 24, 2004 at 10:12
Great album...greater band, don't leave it so long next time boys! I wish you older 'Rock' fans would please move with the times...Just because a band doesn't sound exactly like they did on their first album and the singer doesn't sing like an air raid siren all the time doesn't mean they have gone 'Grunge' Keep rockin' Johnny!!!

From: Bryan Date: May 24, 2004 at 17:00
This is softer than grunge. This stuff sounds like Skid Row are trying to be top 40 Creed wannabes. This is not Skid Row!!! They should of used a different name rather than embarrass the Skid Row legacy. Also,a remake of I Remember You was totally unneccesary. If you like your music to sound like all the current top 40 alternative bands, then this is your cup of tea. There's about 2 good tracks on the album which makes it a waste of money. Avoid this album if you are expecting it to sound like

From: Buy this CD!! Date: May 24, 2004 at 20:44
I agree with Bryan, they should have released this under a different name...not because this release is an embarrassment to the original Skid Row, but because their name is associated with Hair Metal. Do not get me wrong, I'm a huge Hair/Heavy/Sleeze Metal and Hard/Glam Rock fan. This CD is loaded with great songs. Many that could easily be hits today! This is infinity squared times better than what's on the radio today. Keeping the Skid Row name is what kept this from being huge.

From: bach Date: June 9, 2004 at 3:05
great album with a good melodic song but not as real skid row

From: jack Date: June 15, 2004 at 9:30
What a bunch of melodic modern like crap! What happen to the golden original line up..while i think johnny is good vocalist but skid row is just not the same without sebastian's high pitch sceaming trademark. None of the songs here are good at all and that really amazes me cause its completely the other way roubf with their debut album! I know there's no point bringing the past back but whats best for skid row is sebastian bach in my opinion.ratings:i don't think i want to embarrass skid row!

From: jack Date: June 15, 2004 at 9:34
Anyway,this album really appeals to creed or white zombie's fan:two bands that are not really grunge nor nu-metal(what are they really???) that i hate! But for die hard skid row fans like myself, its at least worthwhile to know that skid row is still producing rock music even though its not in the expectation of many including myself!

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From: Mike Date: July 7, 2004 at 14:27
Enjoy this CD more and more. Always liked title track, New Generation, Lamb, ..Voodoo, etc.(i.e.the heavier songs which were probably written during Subhuman Race) but I now LOVE the songs like Ghost, Swallow Me,and Born a Beggar.Guarantee:if the local 'rock' stations across the US would play Ghost just once during peak hours, this CD sells 1 million easily! The stations are just too scared to play any 'new' music by a band from the late 80's/early 90's unless your band is Ozzy or Metallica-sad.

From: Joey-T Date: July 17, 2004 at 10:35
Get a grip, people. You don't want Bas back in Skid Row... hell, he can't sing anymore either! And what's this crap about bands 'turning their backs on the fans?' Whatever. If the FANS hadn't turned their backs on the bands, they'd mostly still be around and in style. Y'all shouldn't have bought those damn Nirvana albums...

From: jack Date: July 20, 2004 at 1:25
Joey-T, fans of skid row like me will never turn my back on skid row. And i'm sure people who like skid row music or heard of their music will never even considered buying those crappy depressing nirvana album. And for those fans out there who did,its not a crime but its sad!

From: Warhead Date: August 23, 2004 at 23:29
New singer should demand a new name. These tunes are very modern with a little grit due to the lack of polishness of the recording. There are at least 3-4 songs that would do very well on the radio. Unfortunately Skid Row lost their balls and didn't change their name to allow the songs to rise. It doesn't matter if they write Stairway to Heaven. As long as it has the name SkidRow attached, it will never sell past 20K copies. 3/4 the album are great. Rest, pure filler. Nastier Nickelback.

From: Geoff Date: August 24, 2004 at 2:41
I also don't get the 'grunge' reference mentioned here a few times. One asks what disc those people are listening to, because all I hear is a good hard rock album. Yes, it would have been superb with Sebastian on vocals, but I think Johnny does a great job and most importantly the songs are excellent. I love 'Ghost', 'Born a beggar' and the excellent 'See you around'. Though not vintage Skid Row they're great songs and I like the rest a lot too. Great hard rock disc and superb comeback.

From: You Suck Johnny Date: September 8, 2004 at 22:08
Hey Johnny, if you're reading this, YOU HAVE COMMITTED THE WORST CRIME IN THE WORLD BY CORRUPTING SKID ROW! Anyway, check out Pyn Siren's 'Slave To Your Master'. Very much in the vein of true Skid Row. It's not quite as good as Slave, but hell it's better than this monstrosity. You know why they called this album Thickskin? Because you have to have to have thick skin to not be annoyed listening to this album!

From: Bisser Date: October 31, 2004 at 5:24
I think is one of the best Skids LPs they sounds great with Johnny, very very nice voice , good melodic songs, I cannot accept the words of the others postings in this forum that if Seb is not in the band that is not Skid Ro, but im gonna say YES this is Skid Row - modern and powerful rock h roll Hey Skid Fuckin' Row Dont Give up and GO ON

From: sammy Date: November 2, 2004 at 13:44
I love this album!Johnny's volice is cool!not bad.try this,you will love it!

From: rich Date: December 16, 2004 at 13:16
i haven't heard this album yet, but, skid row is skid row, is like zeppelin...if you take off just one member there's no band anymore, skid row without bach is like zeppelin without jimmy page or robert plant, or aerosmith without steven tyler or joe perry. i think every member in skid row cannot be taken off. and now we remember you bach...and pleace try to come to argentina again sometime...

From: Chad Date: December 18, 2004 at 0:28
I agree with Geoff. I don't hear the bad music overtones. I hear some pretty good rock and roll. While this is not the debut Skids nor the heavy ass soph album, this is pretty good stuff. I would prefer Bas on vox but that is not the case in this day and age. Johnny fits in nicely. Ghost is the standout but Born a Beggar and One Light are very much worthy. Give this one a chance. I feel you will not be disappointed. Welcome back boys.

From: John Date: December 28, 2004 at 16:46
Rich, are you seriously comparing Skid Row to Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. I've got a retarded little brother that wouldn't make that stretch.

From: onemorecast Date: March 10, 2005 at 23:06
Some bands first albums are so good they will never live up to them. Skid Row peaked in '89 so why even bother. It wouldn't matter if Bas came back since snake and bolan wrote most of the good songs.

From: Tommy Date: May 5, 2005 at 19:12
This is Skid Rows strongest album ok so there isant 18 and life or monkey buisness, but all the tracks are awesum and the album gets better with every listen i personally think its the best metal rock album of any in 10 years it is esential LOVE it

From: mauricio Date: November 8, 2005 at 12:30
hi from-COSTARICA. mepregunto de donde sacaron a ese cantante tan malo, en efecto nada que ver con SEBASTIAN BACH,escuche temas y que decepcion muy alternativo POR DICHA NO LO COMPRE NO VALE LA PENA y el cantante en el tema MY GENERATION suena a MARYLIN MANSON una decepcion.... 0/10 AGRADEZCAN QUE LE PONGO MUCHO PUNTAJE. NO ME GUSTO Y YO PASO.

From: Rob Date: August 23, 2006 at 20:02
This is so bad... it hurts. Hurts to hear such a great band turn to total crap. Why they went the "Goo Goo Dolls" route, I'll never know. If you expected anything like the old Skid Row, you will be majorly disappointed!

From: [PT]ppfinder Date: May 19, 2007 at 14:30
Great record. Maybe not Skid Row as we know, but this a strong release. Unfortunately they used Skid Row name, and the fans will always make theirs comparisation. I also think Solinger its a good frontman & a damn good singer.

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 11:58
This isn't too bad,but they so far away removed as Skid Row for me.

From: ghettonation73 Date: March 15, 2009 at 8:05
Skid Row will never be the same without Bach, Bolan, Hill, Snake and Affuso, plain and simple.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 14, 2013 at 17:16
The previous comment of ghettonation73 says it all..indeed it was hard to figure that but the band has kept its pace throughout the years and this "debut" would have been quite a goodie one(and actually is a goodie one if you are open minded)but with another band's name...new sound adopted which is like a mix of punkie/modern rock tunes...is like they put Matchbox 20 and Green Day in a blender plus some Skid Row old root in it and...BOOM!!! ...tracks 2,4,5,6, & 10 are pretty worthy...the remake of "I Remember You" remarked as "Two" is simply horrible,a great filler shamely...give it a try and find out 4 yourself...80/100

From: JONBONPIGO Date: August 6, 2014 at 18:30
NOT!!! NOT!!! The late 80's/Early 90's...SKID ROW.. Different Era...Different sound...Take it for what it is. "New Generation".."Lamb".."See You Around" & "I Remember You Two" are the highlight tunes. Listen to those to get a feel for this and see if it floats your boat..

From: hair metal again Date: April 19, 2019 at 2:28
excellent comeback release for the mighty SKID ROW with the band continue where the Subhuman stopped !the same vibe,less anger ,mellower productionand approach and a bit updated sound without losing their identity and the most important the songs are very very good!Johnny does a good job abd after a few spins you ll realize how good album this is !

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