SKID ROW – “Wasted Time” (1991 7″ single)
I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb if I call this the best song on Slave to the Grind. The closing song on a damn fine metal album, “Wasted Time” is awesome. It’s in “power ballad” territory, but it’s much darker than Skid Row’s prior hit ballad, “I Remember You”. Sebastian Bach turns in the best vocal performance of his life on this one. Sebastian co-wrote the song, about the damages of addiction.
Both the 7″ and the 12″ singles come with the previously unreleased live bonus track, “Get the Fuck Out”. (The other bonus tracks on the 12″ are “Holidays in the Sun” and “Psycho Love” which are both available elsewhere.) “Get the Fuck Out”, recorded at fuckin’ Wembley fer Christ’s sakes, features a long Sebastian intro that is probably more interesting than the song itself! Apparently, Skid Row were given a letter that stated specifically that Skid Row were not to play “Get the Fuck Out”. So what do they do?
Sebastian: “It says here, they’re gonna stop the show, because they don’t like the word ‘fuck’! And you’re not allowed to hear it!” Baz then leads the crowd in a chant of “get the fuck out!” before Skid Row drive into the song. As fans know, it’s a short firecracker punk rock song, and Baz is in top voice.