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Subject: The Skids

Written By: whistledog on 01/14/10 at 8:21 am

The Skids were a Scottish punk/new wave band, founded in 1977 and from 1978-1981, they released 4 albums that contained 10 UK hits, the biggest of which was 'Into the Valley' in 1979.  The two core (and co-founding members) with the group longest were vocalists Richard Jobson and Stuard Adamson.

1979 - Scared to Dance
1979 - Days in Europa
1980 - The Absolute Game
1981 - Joy

1978 - Sweet Subirbia
1978 - The Saints Are Coming
1979 - Into the Valley
1979 - Masquerade
1979 - Charade
1979 - Working For the Yankee Dollar
1980 - Animation
1980 - Circus Games
1980 - Goodbye Civilian
1980 - Women in Winter

In 1981, Adamson quit the band to start up his new band Big Country, who went onto become more successful than the Skids ever were.  When The Skids officially called it quits in 1982, Jobson and bandmate Russell Webb went on to form The Armoury Show, to much less success than the Skids, though they did have several minor hits from their lone 1985 album 'Waiting For the Floods'

Sadly, in 2001, Adamson committed suicide, leaving a great musical collection that will be remembered for years to come.

Though The Skids never made noise in North America, they became known in recent years when U2 and Green Day's charity version of 'The Saints Are Coming' became a #1 hit in many countries

Subject: Re: The Skids

Written By: whistledog on 01/14/10 at 8:24 am

My faves from each:

The Skids - Circus Games (1980)

Big Country - Where the Rose is Sown (1984)

The Armoury Show - Castles in Spain (1985)

If you don't have or have not heard The Armory Show album 'Waiting For the Floods', you simply must.  It is a masterpiece!

Subject: Re: The Skids

Written By: Paul on 01/14/10 at 3:02 pm

Due to its poorly articulated lyrics, their biggest hit was featured in a tongue-in-cheek British advert some years later...

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