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Skids were an art-punk/punk rock and New Wave band from Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, founded in 1977 by Stuart Adamson (1958–2001, guitars / backing vocals / keyboards / percussion), William Simpson (bass guitar / backing vocals), Thomas Kellichan (drums) and Richard Jobson (vocals / guitar / keyboards). Their biggest success was the single “Into the Valley”, released in 1979.

The complete session recorded by Skids on 16th May 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 19th of that month.

The John Peel session and possibly one of the best for me personally as the 3 original tunes were never made available beyond the broadcasted session though there was another version of WOTWS on a `Best Of’ compilation. These tracks really underline how fast the Skids were developing as a band and their keen ear for a tune. As another fan has already said, it’s a shame all the sessions weren’t bunched together and put out as a vinyl LP.

Peel was a big supporter of the band and saw them play live on at least one occasion, probably twice. The track “TV Stars” recorded for the group’s debut session namechecks Peel. According to singer Richard Jobson, it was made up on the spot during the session itself A live version of this was released as the b-side to the group’s fourth single, ‘Into The Valley’.

16th May 1978

Richard Jobson (Vocals)
Stuart Adamson (Lead Guitar)
William Simpson (Bass)
Thomas Kellichan (Drums)

The complete session recorded by Skids on 29th August 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on 1st September 1978.

29th August 1978 

Richard Jobson (Vocals)
Stuart Adamson (Lead Guitar)
William Simpson (Bass)
Thomas Kellichan (Drums)

The complete session recorded by Skids on 19 February 1979 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 26th of that month.

19th February 1979

Richard Jobson (Vocals)
Stuart Adamson (Lead Guitar)
William Simpson (Bass)
Thomas Kellichan (Drums)

The complete session recorded by Skids on 30th April 1979 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on 7th May 1979. “Hymns From A Haunted Ballroom” was released in November 1979 as part of the special 2 x 7″ issue of ‘Working For the Yankee Dollar” single, where keyboards are credited to Midge Ure

30th April 1979

Richard Jobson (Vocals)
Stuart Adamson (Lead Guitar)
William Simpson (Bass)
Thomas Kellichan (Drums)

1st September 1980

Richard Jobson (Vocals, Guitar-Snakes And Ladders (Instrumental)
Russell Webb (Bass, Guitar)
Mike Baillie (Drums)
John Mcgeoch (Guitar-Filming In Africa, An Incident In Algiers, Circus Games, Vocals-Filming In Africa, Circus Games)
Steve Severin (Vocals-Filming In Africa, Circus Games Only)

“The Five sessions”. All available on The Virgin Years boxset (CD6), Virgin (2015). released in 2009 as digital download and on streaming services.

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