Skid Row took off out of the gate, selling 5 million copies of their 1989 self-titled debut album. Their guitarist, Dave Sabo, was an early member of Bon Jovi, and when Skid Row formed, they linked up with the New Jersey superstars, who brought them on tour and championed the band. That album had hit singles in "18 And Life
" and "I Remember You
," but their next album, Slave To The Grind
, didn't have the kind of hooky songs radio was looking for. "Wasted Time" was the biggest hit, and it stalled at #88.
The album debuted at #1 because it was so hyped and anticipated, but it quickly dropped off, and the band went into freefall.