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Southern Culture On The Skids

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(1985 – present)

True to their name, ’s Southern Culture On The Skids offer an affectionate parody of local white-trash trailer-park culture, matching their skewed outlook with a wild, careening brand of & roll. SCOTS’ music is a quintessentially Southern-fried amalgam of , , , , , and chitlin circuit R&B, plus a liberal dose of guitar, a hint of attitude, and the occasional horns.

Following an early incarnation as a relatively straightforward roots rock outfit, they morphed into a raucous, sleazy, tongue-in-cheek party band obsessed with sex and food; in fact, fried chicken became a crucial part of their live performances, whether it was used in eating contests or tossed into the audience. Southern Culture may play chiefly to an underground-rock audience, but their gonzo tributes to the South aren’t as smug as some of their peers working similar territory, since the band has genuine roots in the area. Southern Culture on the Skids were founded by guitarist/singer Rick Miller in the college town of , , in 1985. Growing up, Miller had split time between Henderson, NC, where his father ran a mobile-home factory, and Southern California, where his mother lived, and where he first discovered surf and rockabilly. After earning a degree in art from the University of North Carolina, Miller started the first incarnation of Southern Culture on the Skids with original lead vocalist Stan Lewis, bassist Leslie Lands and drummer Chip Shelbys.

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