THE SKIDS + TV Smith

Thurs 8th June

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THE SKIDS

www.theskids.com

 

Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.

 

40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – and new stuff!

Interview requests taken. Further images on request

 

 “Memories fade, but some linger for a reason. The Skids was the definitive part of my early life. A

brilliant adventure into the world of creativity and adulthood”, reflected Richard Jobson recently, “

I was a kid when I joined the band in 1977 – 16 years old. By the time the adventure had run aground,

I was a dazed and confused young man. We were fearless in the beginning, always trying new things

and not afraid to be different in a musical world that was beginning to sound very derivative and safe.

Contrary to the reports from people who were never near the centre of the band, Stuart Adamson

and I got on very well – in fact for a long time we were very close. I enjoyed writing with him – he

was generous and incredibly adaptable to my unmusical ideas. The Skids were not just another punk

band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans.

But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017

has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band?

These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th

anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every

minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…….there’s

the new stuff!!! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”

 

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-skids-burning-cities

 

SOMETHING OLD… The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by 

Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent

single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed

to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and 

‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two

chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the 

Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new

member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band

released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart

Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.

 

Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline.

 

The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.

 

TV SMITH

www.tvsmith.com

TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single "One Chord Wonders." Their next release, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, “No Time To Be 21,” also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, "Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts," is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released.

 

The Adverts released one further album, “Cast Of Thousands,” before their split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently on Fire Records to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as “the long lost punk album that rivals The Clash’s ‘London Calling’.”

 

Immediately after the break up, TV formed TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single “Tomahawk Cruise” and released one album, “Last Words Of The Great Explorer” a year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their subsequent split. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early ’90’s. He has gone on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums, including “March Of The Giants” (1992), “Immortal Rich” (1995), “Generation Y” (1999), “Not A Bad Day” (2003), “Misinformation Overload” (2006), “In The Arms Of My Enemy” (2008), and “Coming In To Land” (2011). He has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV’s backing band on the album “Useless.”

 

At the request of his fans, in 2013 TV released “The Acoustic Sessions,” an album of solo performances, recorded live in the studio with renowned producer Jon Caffery. Vive Le Rock magazine called it “an album that sits alongside the Angry Brigade output of Pete Townsend, Roger Waters and Lou Reed, but hits you with the wallop of bare knuckle punk.”  Late 2014 saw the release of a new TV Smith album entitled “I Delete," his sixteenth as a solo artist, which has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. 

 

Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 120 gigs a year and has performed all over Europe, as well as the USA, Japan, Australia, South America, Russia – and even Heligoland.

 

Not content with playing live, TV has also has written about his on-the-road experiences in five books of highly popular Tour Diaries, described by “Sandman” and “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman as, “hilarious, honest and incredibly true.” The fifth and final volume, “Book Of The Year,”contains a write-up of every one of the 130 gigs TV played in 2013. In Autumn of 2016, TV’s first ever book of lyrics will be published by Foruli Codex. Exquisitely designed by Cure designer Andy Vella, and entitled “The Alternative Top 50,” the book comprises fifty of what are arguably TV’s best lyrics. It will be available as a conventional paperback, as well as an exclusive collectors’ hardback edition which includes a 10’ vinyl single that TV has recorded with Henry Rollins.

 

 

 

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