THE SKIDS – WOMAN IN WINTER

THE SKIDS – “Woman In Winter” / “Working For The Yankee Dollar” (Virgin VSK 101) November 1980 – The Skids “Woman In Winter” – This is my favourite live band (and Jobbo’s your favourite live lodger) and one of the best of their new songs. It’s also suitably charty for Christmas. Great stuff, lads, but get yourselves a decent producer.

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THE SKIDS – SWEET SUBURBIA

THE SKIDS – “Sweet Suburbia” / “Open Sound” (Virgin VS 227) September 1978 – I haven’t been able to find any vintage music press reviews for this single so I’ll write my own. “Sweet Suburbia” was actually a debut single hit record, reaching a decent #10 in the charts during autumn of 1978.

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THE SKIDS – GOODBYE CIVILIAN

THE SKIDS – “Goodbye Civilian” / “Monkey McGuire Meets Specky Potter Behind Lochore Institute” (Virgin VS 373) October 1980 – Isn’t this just a trifle limp-wristed. Sounds like fairies dancing in the dell, goodness – maybe I’m not really with it – oh dear! I’m afraid it just doesn’t move me – like the Beach Boys sans surf. (Record Mirror)

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THE SKIDS – CIRCUS GAMES

THE SKIDS – “Circus Games” / “One Decree” (Virgin VS 359) July 1980 – The Skids “Circus Games” – Strange how Scotland’s finest viz The Skids and Simple Minds have, with their third albums, reached crucial points in their careers. From the forthcoming third album this resorts to the grandiose reliance of slab guitar work that was strongly felt to be wrong on the first David Batchelor produced album.

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SEARCHING FOR RECORDS IN CHESTER-LE-STREET

The Search goes on – On Thursday I decided to visit Sound & Vision in Chester-le-Street. Fast becoming one of my ‘go-to’ shops to hunt for records. There is always something to find and the other day was no exception.

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THE SKIDS – THE FINE ART OF COMPROMISING

The Skids’ Richard Jobson learns the hard way. “The only thing I have learned from the whole of the new wave is that I hate rock ‘n’ roll; and although I know that it looks as if i love the idea, I don’t want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star either. What I do want to be is a successful writer.”

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THE SKIDS – ARE ALRIGHT

An introduction to The Skids – Not many people get the chance to choose between being a football hero or a rock ‘n’ roll star, but The Skids’ singer and lyricist Richard Jobson is one such enviable talent. But then Richard Jobson is no ordinary young man and The Skids are no ordinary band.

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THE SKIDS – INTO THE VALLEY

“Into the Valley” is a 1979 single by Skids, taken off their Scared to Dance album, and is their best known song, appearing on a number of punk rock and Scottish music compilation albums.

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THE SKIDS – CHARADE

The band still played
through the interval
Candle lit but the room was still
While two men dealt amongst the chill
Charade…

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THE SKIDS – WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR

The Skids ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’ – enjoyed a further year of chart success as “Masquerade” and “Working for the Yankee Dollar” reached the Top 20 in the UK chart.[2] The latter came from their second album, also released in 1979, Days in Europa, with the record’s production and keyboards by Bill Nelson.

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