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Skids, The

Also known as Skids, Skids ETC.
Members of Skids, The: Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Richard Jobson, Russell Webb, Rusty Egan, Stuart Adamson, Tom Kellican
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.theskids.com/, http://myspace.com/theskids, http://www.geocities.com/intothevalley/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skids

Discography of Skids, The:

# Dwnld Release title Total tracks Type Imprint date Label
1 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1979-10-12 Virgin
2 The Absolute Game 10 Track list 1980 Virgin
3 Strength Through Joy 8 Track list 1980 Virgin
4 Days In Europa 10 Track list Virgin
5 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1980 Virgin
6 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
7 Masquerade 4 Track list 1979-05-18 Virgin
8 Charade 2 Track list 1979-09-07 Virgin
9 Animation 2 Track list 1980-02-22 Virgin
10 Goodbye Civilian 2 Track list 1980-10-00 Virgin
11 Circus Games 2 Track list 1980-08-00 Virgin
12 Working For The Yankee Dollar 4 Track list 1979-11-00
13 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979-02-23
14 Goodbye Civilian 2 Track list 1980 Virgin
15 Fields 2 Track list 1981 Virgin
16 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979-02-16 Virgin
17 Iona 2 Track list 1981 Virgin
18 Charles 3 Track list 1978-02-00
19 Sweet Suburbia 2 Track list 1978-09-00 Virgin
20 Wide Open 4 Track list 1978-10-00 Virgin
21 Wide Open 4 Track list 1978-10-00 Virgin
22 Into The Valley / Masquerade / Scared To Dance / Working For The Yankee Dollar 4 Track list 1983 Virgin
23 The Skids vs. The Ruts 4 Track list 1992 Virgin
24 Fanfare 12 Track list 1982 Virgin
25 Scared To Dance 19 Track list 1990-06-11 Virgin
26 Dunfermline 18 Track list 1987
27 The Olympian / Ten Feet Tall 2 Track list 1979 Smash Hits! Magazine
28 Working For The Yankee Dollar 2 Track list 1979
29 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979
30 BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert 9 Track list 1991 Windsong International
31 Woman In Winter 2 Track list 1980-11-00 Virgin
32 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1991
33 The Greatest Hits Of Big Country And The Skids: The Best Of Stuart Adamson 35 Track list 2002-05-27 Universal Music TV
34 Skids 4 Track list Scared To Release Records
35 Fields 2 Track list 1981 Virgin
36 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin
37 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin
38 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1979 Virgin
39 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
40 The Absolute Game 10 Track list 1984 Virgin
41 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1979
42 Circus Games 2 Track list 1980-08-00 Virgin
43 Iona 2 Track list 1981 Virgin
44 Joy 17 Track list 2009 Virgin
45 The Absolute Game 10 Track list 1980
46 The Absolute Game 20 Track list 1980
47 Dunfermline 18 Track list 1987
48 The Absolute Game 24 Track list 2008 Captain Oi!
49 Charade 2 Track list 1979-09-00
50 Working For The Yankee Dollar 2 Track list 1980
51 The Saints Are Coming - The Best Of The Skids 21 Track list 2007
52 Circus Games 2 Track list 1980-08-00
53 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin International
54 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
55 Circus Games 2 Track list 1980
56 Days In Europa 18 Track list 2001-08-06 Captain Oi!
57 The Skids 6 Track list 1989 Virgin Music Video
58 The Absolute Game 10 Track list 1980 Virgin
59 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1979 Virgin
60 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1980 Polydor
61 Scared To Dance 21 Track list 2005 Captain Oi!
62 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
63 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979
64 Masquerade Masquerade-The Skids Live 22 Track list 2007
65 Live 2010 6 Track list 2010 No Bad Records
66 The Skids vs. The Ruts 2 Track list 1992 Virgin
67 Fanfare 12 Track list 1982 Virgin
68 The Singles Collection 1978-1981 33 Track list 2012-01-23 Captain Oi!
69 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin
70 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1979-10-12 Virgin
71 Masquerade 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
72 The Absolute Game 10 Track list 1980 Virgin
73 Skids Into The Valley: The Best Of The Skids 18 Track list 2004 EMI Gold
74 The Greatest Hits Of Big Country And The Skids: The Best Of Stuart Adamson - 5 Tracks Taken From The Forthcoming Album 5 Track list 2002-05-27 Universal Music TV
75 Fields 2 Track list 1981 Virgin
76 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
77 Sweet Suburbia 2 Track list 1978 Virgin
78 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
79 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin
80 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
81 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1980 Virgin
82 Working For The Yankee Dollar 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
83 Masquerade 2 Track list 1979-05-18 Virgin
84 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin
85 Days In Europa 10 Track list 1980 Virgin
86 Scared To Dance 12 Track list 1979 Virgin International
87 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
88 Into The Valley 2 Track list 1979 Virgin
89 Scared To Dance 19 Track list 1990
90 Scared To Dance 19 Track list Virgin
91 Joy 11 Track list 1981 Virgin
92 Sweet Suburbia 2 Track list 1978-09-00 Virgin
93 Working For The Yankee Dollar 2 Track list 1979
94 BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert 9 Track list 1994 MSI (2)
95 The Absolute Game 24 Track list 2009 Vivid Sound Corporation

Scottish punk band. Formed in Dunfermline during the summer of 1977. The Skids, it seemed, picked their moment well. Comprising the songwriting axis of Richard Jobson (vocals) and Stuart Adamson (guitar), together with the rhythm section of William Simpson (bass) and Tom Kellichan (drums), they rode into British consciousness on the new wave backwash to the ebbing tide of punk. The release of their self-financed, attention-grabbing Charles EP came at the time Richard Branson's Virgin label were busy accruing an eclectic roster of post-punk hopefuls. Consequently, with almost indecent haste, the band were tethered to what was to prove an optimistic eight-album deal. On the flip side of their first Virgin single, "Sweet Suburbia" (1978), the band proclaimed themselves to be "Open Sound", which was essentially a description of the soaring histrionics of Adamson's guitar style. When married to the martial rhythms of the drumming and the bellowing, chant-like vocals of Jobson, this sound conspired to lend their repertoire a rousing, anthemic quality. It was heroic music which at its best, as on the first album, Scared To Dance (1979), seemed to capture the drama and turbulence of battle. Unfortunately, the sound was an all-too-graphic reflection of the band's own stormy relationships, a turbulence which was to settle only with the departure of Adamson in the summer of 1981. The Skids' decline was in large part due to the portentous designs of Richard Jobson, who sought to mould the band into a vehicle for his ever more convoluted lyrics. This became most evident in the recording of the second album, Days In Europa (1979). Following the departure of original drummer Tom Kellichan in the traditional rock'n'roll style (i.e. after the first album), the Skids recruited a temporary replacement in the form of ex-Rich Kids drummer and Jobson cohort, Rusty Egan, and a producer in the form of ex- Be-Bop Deluxe man Bill Nelson. Together, both Nelson and Egan contrived to free the band from the strictures of punk-pop in favour of a more polished, almost danceable sound. Ultimately it was a case of too many cooks, and the resultant album proved to be a misguided attempt at redefining the Skids' sound. This in turn alienated a great many fans, and also cost them the services of bassist Simpson during the troubled tour that ensued. For Jobson and Adamson it was back to the drawing board, and 1980 saw a rejuvenated Skids with a new rhythm section in the form of Russell Webb (bass) and Mike Baillie (drums). The resultant album, The Absolute Game (1980), produced this time by Mick Glossop, was a commercial success, giving the band their first and only British Top 10 album. Artistically, too, it heralded a return to form, dispensing with the excess baggage of the previous outing and playing to the dual strengths of Adamson's guitar stylings and Jobson's lyrical bombast. Unfortunately, this rejuvenation coincided with Jobson's increasing commitment to a burgeoning London scene. Adamson's departure had as much to do with geographical differences as to musical and personal ones; a point evinced by Adamson's eventual return to Dunfermline, from where he formed the internationally successful Big Country. Following Adamson's departure, the final dissolution of the band was soon to follow. Unfortunately, however, not before Jobson and Webb issued a dour and ill-conceived concept album, Joy (1981), which served only to illustrate that, when Adamson left, he took all of the best tunes with him. Not surprisingly the album failed to chart, and proved a sorry end to a short career which had begun with so much spark and promise.

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