Why did Johnny Solinger – and therefore Skid Row – record “I Remember You Two?” I heard the song on Hair Nation yesterday and totally ran into the grass while backing out of my driveway on the way to work.
I suppose the band wanted to cash in on one of their biggest hits and prove their new singer had chops way back in 1999 when Solinger came aboard...but still.
“I Remember You Two” is a weird cover. First, I don’t know many bands that make cover songs...of their own tunes. Second, Jonny’s voice isn’t great on the song – he even sounds a little scary. This isn’t true of Johnny at all, though. I actually think he does an amazing job with Skid Row. Think about it: here’s this country boy, selected to fill one of the biggest voids in Metal. Skid Row had some of the biggest hits of the early 90s...and Sebastian Bach is regarded as having one of the best voices in Metal – period. So here we are, Johnny is in the band, the Skids want to forge ahead and make some new tunes. I think that’s great! Why shouldn’t they continue to earn a living? So, the band records Thickskin and adds “I Remember You Two” to the mix. To me, adding a punky-grunge-odd mix of “I Remember You” is just saying to fans “Hey, we know you like Bach a lot but this other guy can sing the song too...except he doesn’t. At least not on the album.” I should say I’ve seen Skid Row lots of times with Jonny Solinger and every single time the crowd response is bonkers. People still love this band! That aside, the band sure as hell as never performed “I Remember You Two” live – at least not when I’ve been in the crowd!
I wish the band would hurry up and make a new album...and actually play some fresh tunes live! Bach hasn’t been in Skid Row for a decade so it’s ok for the band to swap songs in the set. At this point, none of us is getting any younger and I highly doubt a Skid Row/Bach reunion will happen anytime soon.
A grammar note: I do want to add I think the title of “I Remember You Two” is subtly brilliant. At first glance, a listener would assume the band made a simple grammar error, meaning to use the word “too” as in “also.” By selecting the numeric derivative of the word, the band is slyly referencing some sort of relationship triangle. It isn’t clear if this is romantic or platonic.