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The Skids

The Scottish art-punk unit Skids formed in Dunfermline in 1977. Comprised of the dramatic vocalist Richard Jobson, guitarist Stuart Adamson, bassist William Simpson, and drummer Tom Kellichan, the group issued the single "Reasons" on their own No Bad label before signing to Virgin. After two more singles, "Sweet Suburbia" and "The Saints Are Coming," Skids entered the U.K. Top Ten with "Into the Valley," included on their 1979 debut LP Scared to Dance, a fine document of the anthemic guitar riffs and chanted choruses which typified the first phase of the group's music.

With their second effort, 1979's arty Days in Europa (produced by Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson), Skids scored a pair of Top 20 hits with "Masquerade" and "Working for the Yankee Dollar." Trouble loomed, however, as Jobson's increasingly grandiose plans for the group's music alienated not only their fans but also their own rhythm section, and both Simpson and Kellichan were long gone by the time of 1980's The Absolute Game, recorded with bassist Russell Webb and drummer Mike Baillie. By 1981's Joy, only Jobson remained from Skids' original lineup. Prior to recording the album, Adamson quit to form his own group, the internationally successful Big Country. After Joy failed commercially and critically, Skids officially disbanded; Jobson soon returned as a solo artist before forming the Armoury Show and beginning a career as a broadcaster. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: John Peel Session (19th February 1979)

1. Summer (John Peel Session 19/2/79)

2. Hang On To The Shadows (John Peel Session 19/2/79)

3. Zit (John Peel Session 19/2/79)

4. Walk On The Wild Side (John Peel Session 19/2/79)

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Track List: Joy (Plus Bonus Tracks)

1. Blood And Soil

2. A Challenge (The Wanderer)

3. Men Of Mercy

4. A Memory

5. Iona

6. In Fear Of Fire

7. Brothers

8. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

9. The Men Of The Fall

10. The Sound Of Retreat (Instrumental)

11. Fields

12. Iona (7" Mix)

13. Blood And Soil (7" Mix)

14. Fields (7" Mix)

15. Brave Man (7" Mix)

16. Fields (12" Mix)

17. Brave Man (12" Mix)

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Track List: John Peel Session 29th August 1978

1. Dossier (Of Fallibility) (BBC John Peel Session)

2. Hope And Glory (BBC John Peel Session)

3. Six Times (BBC John Peel Session)

4. The Saints Are Coming (BBC John Peel Session)

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Skids (Remastered)

1. Charles

2. Sweet Suburbia

3. Into The Valley

4. Goodbye Civilian

5. Walk On The Wild Side

6. The Saints Are Coming

7. Working For The Yankee Dollar

8. Charade

9. All The Young Dudes

10. Melancholy Soldiers

12. Snakes & Ladders

13. Circus Games

14. Animation

15. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

16. Masquerade

17. Fields

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Track List: Scared To Dance

1. Into The Valley

2. Scared To Dance

3. Of One Skin (Edit)

4. Dossier (Of Fallibility)

5. Melancholy Soldiers

6. Hope And Glory

7. The Saints Are Coming

8. Six Times

9. Calling The Tune

10. Integral Plot

11. Charles

12. Scale

13. Sweet Suburbia

14. Open Sound

15. TV Stars

16. Night And Day

17. Contusion

18. Reasons

19. Test Tube Babies

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Track List: The Absolute Game (+ Bonus Tracks)

1. Circus Games

2. Arena

3. One Decree

4. The Devils Decade

5. Happy To Be With You

6. Out Of Town

7. Goodbye Civilian

8. The Children Saw The Shame

9. A Woman In Winter

10. Hurry On Boys

11. Circus Games (7'' Version)

12. Goodbye Civilian (7'' Version)

13. Monkey McGuire Meets Specky Potter Behind Lochore Institute

14. An Incident In Algiers

15. Grievance

16. Strength Through Joy

17. Filming In Africa

18. A Man For All Seasons

19. Snakes And Ladders

20. Surgical Triumph

21. The Bell Jar

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Track List: Masquerade Masquerade - The Skids Live

1. Circus Games (Live)

2. Out Of Town (Live)

3. Melancholy Soldiers (Live)

4. Animation (Live)

5. Dulce Et Decorum Est Decorum Est (Pro PatriaMori)/Grey Parade (Live)

6. Of One Skin (Live)

7. Working For The Yankee Dollar (Live)

8. Hurry On Boys (Live)

9. A Woman In Winter (Live)

10. Charade (Live)

11. The Devils Decade (Live)

12. The Saints Are Coming (Live)

13. Happy To Be With You (Live)

14. Sloop John B/Into The Valley (Live)

15. Will Ye Go, Lassie Go (Live)

16. Masquerade (Live)

17. Scared To Dance (Live)

18. Charles (Live)

19. Sweet Suburbia (Live)

20. Night And Day (Live)

21. Reasons (Live)

22. TV Stars (Live)

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Track List: The Saints Are Coming: The Best Of The Skids

1. The Saints Are Coming

2. Into The Valley

3. A Woman In Winter

4. Scared To Dance

5. Charade

6. Animation

7. Peaceful Times

8. Working For The Yankee Dollar

9. Sweet Suburbia

10. Scale

11. Of One Skin

12. Goodbye Civilian

13. Melancholy Soldiers

14. Out Of Town

15. Charles

16. Circus Games

17. Hurry On Boys

18. The Olympian

19. Masquerade

20. TV Stars (Live At The Marquee)

21. Iona

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Track List: Sweet Suburbia: The Best Of The Skids

1. Into The Valley

2. Charles

3. The Saints Are Coming

4. Scared To Dance

5. Sweet Suburbia

6. Of One Skin (Edit)

7. Night And Day

8. Animation

9. Working For The Yankee Dollar

10. Charade

11. Masquerade

12. Circus Games

13. Out Of Town

14. Goodbye Civilian

15. A Woman In Winter

16. Hurry On Boys

17. Iona (7" Mix)

18. Fields

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Love The Skids, awesome music!
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nice and aryan, eh? like the song, though.
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This is the most stupid record cover I have ever seen.

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