Sebastian Bach slams former Skid Row bandmates over songwriting claims

on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:03
Sebastian Bach

Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has slammed his former bandmates for claiming to have written all the songs on the group's early records without him, saying that all fans have to do is listen to the Skid Row albums the band made after he was fired from the group to "know about who wrote what."

Bach joined Skid Row in 1988 as the replacement for the band's original lead singer Matt Fallon, who sang on demo versions of songs that were eventually re-recorded for Skid Row's multi-platinum 1989 eponymous debut LP.

During an appearance on the "Snider Comments" podcast with host Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Bach stated about his former bandmates: "The biggest lie that those guys always tell is, 'We wrote all the songs on all the records.' If you listen to my albums and the Skid Row albums, and then you listen to the Skid Row albums without me, and then listen to my solo albums, that'll give you all that you need to know about who wrote what. When they say, 'We wrote the song '18 And Life', you [just] sang it.' Okay, let's examine that statement. You can go listen to the original version of that song online, and then you can listen to me doing it, and there's something called a melody line. Okay? Where it goes, [singing] 'Lived nine to five and he worked his fingers to the bone.' Every time my voice goes into the register where you turn it up and go, 'Holy shit! Did you fucking hear that?' Those are the notes that I wrote, okay? Nobody does that in the version before that I didn't fucking… 'Can I sing this note in this part?' 'Yeah, do that, Sebastian. Yeah, do that.'"

He continued: "So I'm nineteen years old, taking these fucking songs and turning them into Judas Priest songs, as far as... I'm rewriting the melody lines, never thinking anybody was gonna like it, never thinking anybody was gonna buy it. I'm thinking I'm gonna be the next Malice, not the next Bon Jovi. The last thing anybody ever thinks is that somebody is gonna like this shit. That was, like, the last-case scenario. So I'm not in court, saying, 'I wrote this note! I fucking...' I'm not gonna be in litigation when I'm nineteen. You know?! So, [them saying] 'We wrote all the songs' is such a fucking pile of shit."

Asked by Snider if he thinks it's okay for some other singer to come and imitate his vocal and writing style and represent himself as the frontman of Skid Row, Bach responded: "No. I think they should change the name of the band and leave… Like, Van Halen, okay, had Sammy [Hagar]… Well, they had Gary [Cherone]... [Laughs] I forgot about that. But anyways, I would say, save the name of the band... I'm not saying that for me; I'm saying that for all of rock and roll."