b. 6 October 1960, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Jobson was born the brother of John, a striker for Meadowbank Thistle Football Club, for whom Richard was also on the books. After a four-year tenure with the Skids (1977-81), Jobson moved on to join the Armoury Show, which failed to repeat the success of any of its illustrious personnel’s former bands. With their demise, Jobson toured the UK with Scottish acting company Poines Plough. Turning to poetry, he hit the road once more, falling between two schools in terms of critical reception. On one side, rock critics viewed the move suspiciously, castigating him as pretentious, while the poetry critics reacted with venom to the vulgar intrusion of a rock singer. Placed in its proper context, Jobson was capable of writing good poetry, but was too much at the whim of his own indulgence. The worst example of this was his infamous live rendition of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Daddy’.
Jobson continued to release albums throughout the 80s, the best of which was 16 Years Of Alcohol, also the title of a book that described his alcohol problems. He also suffers from epilepsy. Badman, released on Parlophone Records in 1988, was produced by Ian Broudie. Although the imagery was typically grandiose, it did include a sprightly cover version of Everything But The Girl’s ‘Angel’. Meanwhile, Jobson had chanced upon further careers in television and fashion. He appeared variously as the pop correspondent on BBC Television’s The Garden Party, as presenter of 01 For London, and in regional arts programmes and the opinion show Biteback. On top of this came his highly paid, and some might say unlikely, stint as a fashion model. Most notable was a series of car adverts, for which he also composed the music. In the mid-90s he moved into film production, working on Just Another Day In London, Tube Tales and Heartlands.