Skids - Virgin Years (CD)

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UK six CD set. This fantastic box contains 113 tracks covering the Virgin Records career of acclaimed New Wave legends The Skids. Disc 1 is the #19 charting debut LP Sacred To Dance complete with eight bonus tracks and including the hit singles "Sweet Suburbia" (#70) and "The Saints Are Coming" (#48) and "Into The Valley" (#10). The 2nd disc features the original Days In Europa album which hit #32 back in 1979 and includes hit 45's like "Charade" (#31) and "Working For The Yankee Dollar" (#20) as well as the bonus of a version of Mott The Hoople's "All The Young Dudes" from a BBC Radio 1 Kid Jensen session. Disc 3 is the #9 charting The Absolute Game album complete with the bonus Strength Through Joy LP. Includes UK hit singles "Circus Games" (#32), "Goodbye Civilian" (#52) and "Woman In Winter" (#49). The band's 4th album Joy has never before been issued on CD so here it is on Disc 4 along with six bonus tracks! Disc 5 sees for the first time on CD the remixed version of the Days In Europa album which includes the hit single "Masquerade" (#14). Also included is the BBC In Concert show from March 1979. Disc 6 is another Skids collectors dream - all five of the bands sessions for John Peel! The 21 tracks include many never re-recorded by the band and all are appearing here on CD for the first time. Add in a detailed 40 page booklet with detailed sleeve notes by band devotee Tim Barr and all overseen by the official website and you have the ultimate Skids release!

Product Details

19 Nov 2015
Audio CD
Number of Discs
[Disc 1]
  1. Into the Valley
  2. Scared to Dance
  3. Of One Skin
  4. Dossier (Of Fallibility)
  5. Melancholy Soldiers
  6. Hope and Glory
  7. The Saints Are Coming
  8. Six Times
  9. Calling the Tune
  10. Integral Plot
  11. Charles
  12. Scale
  13. Sweet Suburbia (Bonus Track)
  14. Open Sound (Bonus Track)
  15. Night and Day (Bonus Track)
  16. Contusion (Bonus Track)
  17. T.V. Stars (Live at the Marquee) (Bonus Track)
  18. Charles (Bonus Track)
  19. Reasons (Bonus Track)
  20. Test Tube Babies (Bonus Track)
[Disc 2]
  1. Animation
  2. Charade
  3. Dulce Et Decorum Est (Pro Patria Mori)
  4. Pros and Cons
  5. Home of the Saved
  6. Working for the Yankee Dollar
  7. The Olympian
  8. Thanatos
  9. A Day in Europa
  10. Peaceful Times
  11. Out of Town (Bonus Track)
  12. Another Emotion (Bonus Track)
  13. Aftermath Dub (Bonus Track)
  14. Grey Parade (Bonus Track)
  15. Vanguard's Crusade (Bonus Track)
  16. All the Young Dudes (Kid Jensen Session)
[Disc 3]
  1. Circus Games
  2. Out of Town
  3. Goodbye Civilian
  4. The Children Saw the Shame
  5. A Woman in Winter
  6. Hurry on Boys
  7. Happy to Be with You
  8. The Devils Decade
  9. One Decree
  10. Arena
  11. Circus Games (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
  12. Goodbye Civilian (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
  13. Monkey McGuire Meets Specky Potter Behind Lochore Institute (Bonus Track)
  14. An Incident in Algiers
  15. Grievance
  16. Strength Thru Joy
  17. Filming Africa
  18. A Man for All Seasons
  19. Snakes and Ladders
  20. Surgical Triumph
  21. The Bell Jar
[Disc 4]
  1. Blood and Soil
  2. A Challenge (The Wanderer)
  3. Men of Mercy
  4. A Memory
  5. Iona
  6. In Fear of Fire
  7. Brothers
  8. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  9. The Men of the Fall
  10. The Sound of Retreat
  11. Fields
  12. Iona (7" Version 1) (Bonus Track)
  13. Blood and Soil (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
  14. Iona (7" Version 2) (Bonus Track)
  15. Fields (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
  16. Brave Man (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
  17. Brave Man (12" Version) (Bonus Track)
[Disc 5]
  1. Animation
  2. Charade
  3. Dulce Decorum Est (Pro Patria Mori)
  4. The Olympian
  5. Home of the Saved
  6. Working for the Yankee Dollar
  7. Thanatos
  8. Masquerade
  9. A Day in Europa
  10. Peaceful Times
  11. Of One Skin (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  12. Melancholy Soldiers (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  13. Scared to Dance (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  14. Integral Plot (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  15. Scale (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  16. Into the Valley (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  17. The Saints Are Coming (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  18. Night and Day (BBC in Concert March 1979)
  19. Walk on the Wild Side (BBC in Concert March 1979)
[Disc 6]
  1. Of One Skin (John Peel Session May 1978)
  2. Open Sound (John Peel Session May 1978
  3. Contusion (John Peel Session May 1978
  4. Night and Day (John Peel Session May 1978
  5. T.V. Stars (John Peel Session May 1978
  6. Dossier of Fallibility (John Peel Session September 1978)
  7. Hope and Glory (John Peel Session September 1978)
  8. Six Times (John Peel Session September 1978)
  9. The Saints Are Coming (John Peel Session September 1978)
  10. Summer (John Peel Session February 1979)
  11. Hang on to the Shadows (John Peel Session February 1979)
  12. Zit (John Peel Session February 1979)
  13. Walk on the Wild Side (John Peel Session February 1979)
  14. War Poets (John Peel Session May 1979)
  15. Withdrawal Symptoms (John Peel Session May 1979
  16. Hymns from a Haunted Ballroom (John Peel Session May 1979
  17. Masquerade (John Peel Session May 1979
  18. Filming Africa (John Peel Session September 1980)
  19. An Incident in Algiers (John Peel Session September 1980)
  20. Circus Games (John Peel Session September 1980)
  21. Snakes and Ladders (Instrumental) (John Peel Session September 1980)
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Scottish punk band. Formed in Dunfermline during the summer of 1977.

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.
  • Bill Simpson
  • Mike Baillie
  • Richard Jobson
  • Russell Webb
  • Rusty Egan
  • Rusty Wunderverke
  • Stuart Adamson
  • Tom Kellican