“I Remember You” is a song by American heavy metal band Skid Row. It was released in November 1989 as the third single from their eponymous debut album. The power ballad was written by bandmates Rachel Bolan and Dave “the Snake” Sabo. It reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-three on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in early 1990.
“I Remember You” is also the obligatory slow power ballad that every metal band seemed to crank out in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Skid Row bass player Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave Sabo share writing credits, as they do on many Skid Row songs. But really, what sells the song is Sebastian Bach’s iron tonsils delivering a blistering vocal performance.
The album Skid Row is Skid Row’s most successful, selling four million copies in the US alone.
In 2003, Skid Row, sporting new vocalist Johnny Solinger, re-recorded this song and re-released it as “I Remember You Two” on their album Thickskin. It was a far faster tempo, redone for Solinger’s condensed vocal range. To say that this was not well-received would be putting it mildly. Fans practically had an album burning.