I Remember You – Skid Row | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & Mainstream Rock (#23); 1990

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

At age 15 singer Sebastian Bach was fronting a Toronto band called Kid Wikkid; playing the bars and posing for photo shoots. Meanwhile, a Bon Jovi-mentored band called Skid Row liked what they saw and began looking for Bach.

In one of those remarkable moments of coincidence, Bach was booked for a New Jersey wedding where he was spotted by Jon’s parents. Bach ultimately joined one-time Bon Jovi guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan, guitarist Scotti Hill, and drummer Rob Affuso in Skid Row.

SR’s recording career got off to a flying start right out of the gate. First Youth Gone Wild was picked up by rock radio programmers. Although Youth barely made the Hot 100 – “peaking” at #99! – follow-up 18 And Life blasted to #4.

Next up was I Remember You, which also reached the pop Top 10. Even though its sophomore album debuted at #1, Row soon skidded on the slippery slope of pop stardom; leaving behind this power ballad classic.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Michael Wagener

Lyrics Written by:

  • Rachel Bolan
  • Dave Sabo


  • The music video for “I Remember You” was nominated for an award at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards