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Dunfermline, United Kingdom (1977 – 1982, 2007 – 2010)

The Skids were a new wave/pop-punk band formed in Dunfermline, Scotland by Stuart Adamson (on guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion), Richard Jobson ( vocals, guitar, keyboards), Thomas Kellichan (drums) and William Simpson (bass guitar, vocals) in 1977. They signed to Virgin and issued “Sweet Suburbia” and “The Saints Are Coming” before shooting to popularity with top ten single “Into The Valley”, from their first album “Scared to Dance”. Both Dunfermline Athletic FC and Charlton Athletic FC use “Into the Valley” as a theme song.

The Skids continue to enjoy popularity with two top 20 singles, “Masquerade” and “Working for the Yankee Dollar”, from the album “Days in Europa”, produced by Bill Nelson. The Cover of the album, showing an “aryan”, was seen by some as Nazi, and was soon replaced with a less controversial sleeve. This sleeve, although conventional, still bore the image of the first release seen through the viewers eyes by a picture on the wall, alongside a picture of ‘Scared to Dance’, the sleeve portrayed a woman , bare breast showing, in the hands of a man.

The Absolute Game was The Skids’ 1980 third album (not counting the two different mix versions released of their second album 1979’s Days in Europa) and was produced by Mick Glossop. It featured two new band members, Russell Webb (bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Mike Baillie (drums, vocals, percussion).


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  • bicyclewheel

    Richard Jobson should have joined The ramones. they could have called themselves Jobson and Ramone. (silence) I'll get me coat.

    27 Apr 12:37pm Reply
  • Lynnan

    Such a great band. Why are they so unknown?

    23 Feb 10:35am Reply
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    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • brownieboy

    hurrrieeee on boys

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MadAzAHatter

    yep... postcoitusrock is correct... even Wiki (where most of the bio's for all the artists come from on this site) lists them as Skids... kind of frustrating when there is a group called Get Damn Tags Right when you do have all your info right but doesn't

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • nosferatu66

    Why is the sound clip for The Saints actually Go Buddy Go by The Stranglers? How would that happen??!?

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    Was real lucky enough to catch em live at one of their home town reunion gigs a few years back. They were unbelievably much better that than I expected :)

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • postcoitusrock

    what is this shit? the band were called "Skids" not "The Skids" look at every one of their album covers. you've done it again.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Albert Tatlock!

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • NecroPanzer

    Discovered thanks to Von Thronstahl's cover of "The Saints Are Coming". Sounds pretty good to me.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silvasonicsurfa

    .......Stuart RIP 10 years 16/12/01............

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • northernbeach

    What do you think about my band?

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Danya_Defoe

    so relax music... nice band... listenin' 'em first time...

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Surprised at the low number of plays for this band. I mean, they weren't exactly obscure, were they?

    13 Nov 2011 Reply

    deserve more notoriety

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Death_rayman

    ААААА крутые мужики!!! мего супер и ляля!

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • scottyc1000

    9 years ago this week since Adamson died.

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • skatalite

    'Fields' is one of my favourite tracks EVER

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great band, fantastic live way back when.

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • littlesoldier1

    "Saints are coming" is great! The cover by GD and U2 is shit.

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
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