ARTIST: The Skids
TITLE: Scared to Dance
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #19 UK
SINGLES: Into the Valley (#10 UK),
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really
LINEUP: Richard Jobson, Chris Jenkins, Stuart Adamson, William Simpson, Thomas Kellichan
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Scottish (verrry Scottish, laddie) punk / post-punk band brings triumphant guitars and martial rhythms to the fore. The songs, though, lack consistency and oomph past the singles.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “Into the Valley” is an absolute killer track – one that any band would be proud to have in their catalog. About half of this record seems like they’re trying to re-write that song, and the rest seems a little less inspired.
Jobson mewls about war and politics all from a Scottish and art punk point of view, which can get in the way of constructing tunes around those polemics. Yet the guitars are always on point, thanks to Adamson and Jenkins. You may recognize Adamson – he founded Big Country and refined this guitar blare for that group to great success.
“Into the Valley” is a must for any collection. The rest you can take or leave.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their second album, Days in Europa, isn’t streaming. Its Aryan themed cover caused quite a ruckus.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with their singles and EPs from before and right after the album. Being from the UK, they didn’t always put their singles on the albums proper.
GRADE: B-: If this didn’t have “Into the Valley”, I’d probably 86 it. Still, I’ve decided to grab a Skids collection and not go through the rest of their albums, especially since one is missing.