The next single from the Permanent Vacation album we will discuss is the third single from the album, “Angel”. Again, we have another Promotional copy of the single which means “Angel” is the only song on each side. The song was written by Steven Tyler and Desmond Child and is one of the band’s biggest hits up to that time going all the way to #3 on the Billboard Charts.
Tyler feels this song was a big sell-out for the band he hated for Record Executive, John Kalodner, for forcing outside writers in to the band. Tyler felt the ballad made him look like he lost all his street cred. However, I am sure his bank account would disagree. And if you look at the next couple Aerosmith albums, there a few more ballads in the mix. It helped revitalize their career so it wasn’t all bad.
For My Sunday Song #94, “I Remember You” by Skid Row is the next power ballad on the list. The song came out in November 1989 and by 1990 it was a huge success. It made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and ended up in being played at every high school’s prom according to Sebastian Bach in interview with SleazeRoxx.com. Who doesn’t remember dancing to this song (well, I don’t because I had already graduated high school three years earlier).
What band wasn’t doing power ballads back in the day, so why is this one so special? Well, it is easy. It is Sebastian Bach’s vocals. He delivered such a powerful, heartfelt, emotional performance of the song written by fellow bandmates Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo. Now, Scotti Hill also laid down a killer guitar in the middle of the song that could stand up with any of the time. It was lethal combination. If you saw them live and this song came on, your lighter would be flickering as you raised your arm high into the air with everyone else in the building.
The song’s lyrics reflect a sadness and regret for a long lost love. A longing for the times together and Bach captures that essence perfectly. Rob Affuso’s drumming is strong and underlines the song with a punch that helps lift the ballad to another level. There is no denying this was one of the best power ballads to come out of the whole movement. I find it just as good today as it was back then.