A couple of small updates to the website.

Nothing major configured and working as yet as there were a few problems along the way. So just a couple of things that may benefit members and visitors.

There is now a Latest Image block down the left hand side that will show the last image uploaded, the latest image at the moment is a copy of the Skids Tour Program kindly supplied by Graham Murphy, he has sent scans of his signed program and is now in the Memorabilia Section under Magazine covers and articles.

http://the-skids.co.uk/skids/image/tid/24 many thanks to Graham for this.

There is also now a search option with an advanced search feature as well, the link to this is top left of the website under the Home link as well as a basic search box near the bottom on the left hand side, either one will take you to the search page and the search results. http://the-skids.co.uk/skids/search this has not been extensively tested yet but fingers crossed it should work ok.

And lastly (for now) members can now add more content to their signatures, it was fairly basic and limited before and is much better now, I will be looking at adding in more similar things for members profiles in the near future. Click on My Account and then Edit to update your signature.

The Masquerade Brawl

It's the picture they didn't want you to see. Rumour has it that Tom 'Bomb' Kellichan (known for enjoying hitting things!) flew into a rage when Mike Baillie suggested that The Absolute Game was a better album than Scared to Dance. Unfortunately, this is the only photo we have after Bill 'Alex Plode' Simpson intervened and smashed up all cameras.

Of course, the above is complete and total nonsense!

Click on Add New Comment and add your caption, just a bit of fun!

Skids Huddle 2009

Another Skids Fans Gathering, another fantastic night. Many thanks to the troops who travelled far and wide to join us in Dunfermline to celebrate the music of the best band  ever, Skids.

Special thanks to Bill, Mike, Tam, Bruce and Jamie for taking the time to join us and share their stories, some of which were hilarious and unprintable!

We now look forward to the 2010 Gathering. Let there be rock!


THE SCOTSMAN - Director Richard Jobson and actor Dougray Scott on their new dark thriller


Director Richard Jobson and actor Dougray Scott on their new dark thriller
Published Date: 06 June 2009
By James Rampton
Director Richard Jobson and actor Dougray Scott have returned to their homeland to make a dark thriller about two very different sides of Edinburgh society. And it's very much a tale for our times
NOT for nothing is Edinburgh the city that gave birth to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: it has always been a place riddled with contradictions. It is the locus of so many apparently incompatible aspects: Trainspotting and the New Town, Rebus and the Royal Mile, Burke and Hare and the International Festival.
 That same sense of duality lies at the heart of New Town Killers, a striking new film about the rich and poor who live cheek by jowl in Edinburgh. Written and directed by Richard Jobson, the film focuses on Alistair Raskalnikov – did you spot the reference to Crime And Punishment there? Alistair, played with smouldering intensity by Dougray Scott (who starred last year in an American TV version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), is an amoral, "master of the universe" hedge-fund manager, who works for the ironically named Ethical Finances company.
 He gets his kicks by luring desperately impoverished lads into an extreme game of hide and seek. Alistair ropes in an almost equally sadistic cohort, Jamie (Alastair Mackenzie), and then pays a hard-up teenager, Sean (James Anthony Pearson), to evade capture for one long night on the streets of Edinburgh. But the game soon turns deadly serious…
 A Celtic film-noir cousin of American Psycho, the movie is a modern-day reworking of the David and Goliath story. Full of moody shots of stygian corners of the city, which exude an ominous Third Man quality, New Town Killers is also a dark and disturbing love letter to Edinburgh.
 Jobson and Scott are sitting side by side in the sort of upscale central London hotel Alistair would frequent. They make for a charismatic double act. For a start, they are an undeniably handsome pair. Scott, 43, possesses the impossibly chiselled good looks of a current movie star – it is no surprise to learn he was nominated as GQ's "Most Alluring Man" of 2001. His allure has only been enhanced by his recent role as Desperate Housewives' friendly neighbourhood hunk. Jobson, meanwhile, possesses the impossibly chiselled good looks of a one-time pop star – readers of a certain vintage will fondly recall him drop-kicking his way through the Skids' Into the Valley on Top of the Pops in 1979. He has also done his fair share of modelling.
 Both native Fifers, Jobson, 48, and Scott clearly enjoy a strong rapport – they finish each other's sentences and top each other's punchlines. They are already planning their next collaboration, a film adaptation of Macbeth using green screen and CGI "in the style of Sin City". The director, also responsible for 16 Years of Alcohol, the semi-autobiographical movie about a battle with the bottle, which picked up two gongs at the 2003 British Independent Film Awards, begins by explaining that New Town Killers taps into Edinburgh's long history of dualism.
 "I wanted to play on the Gothic tradition of the contradictory city of Jekyll and Hyde," says Jobson. "I was working with an Edinburgh charity called Circle, which helps the children of alcoholics and heroin addicts in the outlying estates of the city. I found that, like everyone, they have their own dreams and ambitions. But the rest of society treats them as invisible – and that angered me greatly.
 "I then started to become aware of another, very different form of invisibility, right in the middle of the New Town. Living in these beautiful, six-storey townhouses were these hedge-fund managers. They didn't court publicity – they lived in a bubble that the world never noticed – but they controlled everything. These two types were living side by side. I thought that was a strange paradox which might create a fascinating film."
 Edinburgh is the ideal setting for this clash of two worlds, he says. "You can time-travel so easily – in a moment, you can move from the antiquated, genteel home of the Enlightenment, a place rich in culture, to this dark, unsettling, subterranean world."
 Jobson penned the role of Alistair specifically for Scott – which may be construed as a double-edged compliment. "I get that brooding quality from Dougray," the director says, flashing a winning smile at his leading actor. "I like the fact that he doesn't overplay it – he just lets the camera do the work. So when we first met, I was shocked to discover how gentle and un-psychopathic Dougray is! But as soon as he read in rehearsals, he nailed the character. We were all chilled. He instantly captured Alistair's ambivalent nature, that compelling mixture of malevolence and charm."
 "Am I flattered that he wrote it for me?" the actor asks with a knowing laugh. "Of course! I loved the script. I immediately understood what it was. It's a cracking thriller, but it also contains a very important examination of a substantial underclass which is too often ignored." He adds that his shared background with Jobson gave them an instant shorthand. "Richard and I are both Fifers and we have a lot of common references. We share a very particular vernacular."
 The director chimes in: "Dougray and I didn't have to dig very deep to understand who Sean was. We're from villages six miles apart. We come from the same rural mining belt of central Fife that was destroyed by Thatcherism. So many people there are now forced to live on the margins of society."
 Jobson wrote the script for New Town Killers two years ago, before last autumn's global financial meltdown. However, Alistair's job as a ruthless hedge-fund manager now seems absolutely appropriate. You won't find many people these days who disagree with the idea of a vicious financier as the thorough-going villain of the piece. "Obviously, the financial crisis has had a terrible impact on many people," acknowledges Scott, who is married to the actress Claire Forlani. "But for our film, it's an incredibly fortuitous coincidence that the markets have collapsed. It couldn't be more apt when the central character is a venal hedge-fund manager who revels in his success and is incredibly dismissive of those he views as beneath him. He has this tremendous sense of entitlement about his life. The way Alistair treats Sean is a great metaphor for the way many hedge-fund managers have recently treated the rest of society. Some of them seem to have no sense of responsibility."
 Jobson, who in 2005 made A Woman in Winter, starring yet another son of the East Coast, the Dundonian Brian Cox, takes up the theme: "There is an innate arrogance about some hedge-fund managers. Maybe I'm jealous, but I find something abhorrent about them. I thought they'd be a good target in New Town Killers.
 "As they drive about the city in their Maseratis and their Ferraris, they have this sheen of power. The film is to do with the self-obsession of the powerful. You give people power and they will behave like the Medicis, simply doing as they please. As Alistair rids society of what he regards as undesirables, he says, 'Who cares about these people? We're doing society a favour here'. He is totally amoral – he believes there is no cause and effect. But I am a moralist, and I believe there is cause and effect." Scott, a diehard Hibs fan who will soon be starring opposite Cox in BBC1's new adaptation of the classic John Wyndham sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids, closes by waxing lyrical about his native land. "It was great to be working in Scotland again," beams the actor.
 "I feel very calm and can breathe very easily there. And Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world. After all, my football team are there! The city's air, atmosphere, rhythm and heartbeat all make me feel good. Every day on New Town Killers I was rubbing my hands with delight about working in Edinburgh.
 "It was minus six degrees when we were shooting," he actor adds with a wry smile, "so I was also rubbing my hands just to keep warm!"
 • New Town Killers is released next Friday.

New Town Killers Screening

Richard's new movie 'New Town Killers' will be screened in Edinburgh, 11th June at the VUE OMNI. Film starts 6.30pm.

New Town Killers Trailer by Richard Jobson

new town killers trailer from richard JOBSON on Vimeo.

You can view the trailer and other pieces of Richards work on Vimeo by following this link http://vimeo.com/4753429 direct links to other film pieces are New Town Killers , Royal Ballet Dancer and Flykiller .


East End Tribute to Stuart

Published: Thursday, 9th April, 2009 12:30 from http://www.dunfermlinepress.com

East End Tribute to Stuart By <!-- Author Start -->Gary Fitzpatrick

original article from the Dunfermline Press


A MURAL celebrating the achievements of late singer Stuart Adamson will be unveiled at his beloved East End Park on Saturday, which would have been his 51st birthday.

The colourful work, capturing the life and loves of Stuart, has been created by art students from the city’s high schools.

The Skids and Big Country star was a fervent Pars fan and liked nothing better than to spend Saturday afternoons on the terracing cheering on the team.

In fact, he enjoyed the East End banter so much that he turned down the chance to become a club director much preferring to be remain beside the fans he had known for years.

In the years since his death in 2001, music fans have proposed a memorial to Stuart and his family believed such a tribute should be in beside the East End fans.

Art students from Dunfermline High and Queen Anne, who are themselves too young to remember the hey-day of Big Country, studied photographs and spoke to his family to find out about Stuart and his interests.

They have produced a highly impressive colourful montage of images of Stuart, which has delighted the singer’s family.

Daughter Kirsten, herself a singer with the group The Gillyflowers, said, “The artists have done a great job and this was definitely the right place for my dad to be remembered.

“He loved coming here and would come back home hoarse after all the shouting. It’s great that he is being remembered in this way in Dunfermline.”

Stuart’s image will now look out on East End near to depictions of the club’s greatest heroes such as Norrie McCathie, Jock Stein, Istvan Kozma and, of course, Jim Leishman.

Stuart marched through the city in support of big Leish when his first spell as manager came to a controversial end and the two became friends over the years.

Looking over the pitch, Jim said, “Stuart would always stand over in that corner when he was back home but when his work took him all over the world he would always phone home to find out the score.

“I once offered him the chance to be a director but he enjoyed just being a normal fan being able to shout and cheer and didn’t want to swap that for the directors’ box.”

Stuart’s brother-in-law Jamie Davidson said, “He was a great Pars fan but loved all football and went to see matches of any standard anywhere he was.

“He also enjoyed playing for the Fod Sunday league team and would come back from some weird places just for a match. The band would wake up abroad after playing somewhere and Stuart would be away heading back to play in the Sunday league.”

The artists are Sean Adair (18), Joe Burrell (17), Siobhan Scott (17), Stephen Williamson (17), Jade Cruikshank (18), all of Dunfermline High, and Deborah Lobban (16).

They are also producing two other works, with one of them going into the Legends Bar at the stadium.

In a future charity project, the wall space at either side of Stuart’s mural, has been earmarked for fans to have their face painted in a crowd scene with proceeds going to the club’s youth team.

And a signed guitar donated by U2’s The Edge to Kirsten is expected to raise thousands of pounds when it is auctioned for the youth set-up and CHAS.

As a young musician, The Edge was a big fan of The Skids and their song ‘The Saints Are Coming’ was covered by U2 and Green Day in a massive charity hit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Kirsten, her brother Callum and their mum Sandra will be at the unveiling before Saturday’s match against St Johnstone on what promises to be an emotional day for family and fans alike.

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Kenny Graham (with guitar), Kirsten Adamson, and pupils Stephen Williamson, Siobhan Scott, Sean Adair, Joe Burrell and Deborah Loban pictured beside the mural.

The Saints are Definitely coming

details supplied from the Official Big Country website news page

There was only one place where Stuart Adamson wanted to be on a match day as anyone who knew him will testify. On April 11th 2009 a permanent Tribute has been arranged for East End Park to recognise Stuart’s devotion to the club.

Colin Gourlay, fans representative stated.
“For some time now there has been a strong desire amongst friends and fans to permanently express the warm affection and respect we all have for Stuart Adamson”.

“Many wish to honour his memory and articulate the high esteem in which Stuart’s legacy is held amongst his personal friends and fiercely loyal fans. From Dunfermline to the most remote corners of the globe his words and music touched souls, lifted hearts and entertained millions”.

“Having contacted Stuart’s Estate last year, It was agreed, with Jim Leishman’s input, that East EndPark was the most suitable place for Stuart to be honoured, and his work celebrated. Dunfermline Athletic still run on to the park to the Skids “Into the Valley” blasting out from the tannoy system”.

Rab Walker, Head of Art at Dunfermline High and Liz Walker Head of Art at Queen Anne High have been overseeing 3 artistic works undertaken by pupils from both schools, with additional input from Stuart’s daughter Kirsten. Representative of the fans are Allan Smith and Colin Gourlay.

Ian Grant, Stuart’s manager said "Stuart would have been a footballer for sure, had he not picked up a guitar, or at least, would have had involvement in the game”.

“One memory that remains with me most is when we were in Pristina, Kosovo. The hall was arena sized and prior to sound-check, a ball was produced and a makeshift goal area formed. Dozens of boys orphaned by the war came in. It was something else to see him passing, heading and tackling with these young guys. Also, Sir Alex Ferguson made a bee line for him, at GoodisonPark, to ask how he was, and have a quick chat ”.

“Wherever he was in the world, given a chance to kick a ball around or watch a match, Stuart would“.

In addition to the events of the day, details of auctions will be updated on this site, so keep looking in. Kirsten Adamson (Stuarts daughter) has put up for auction, The Edge of U2’s own Music Rising Epiphone guitar, which he gave to her to help raise funds for Music Rising, a charity co-founded by him to help musicians struggling in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina In 2005. The hard hitting U2 and Greenday music video “The Saints are Coming” was released to raise awareness and generate funds to help the residents Of New Orleans. The music was written by Stuart in the late 1970’s when he was in the Skids.

Callum Adamson, Stuart's son and spokesperson for his estate said, “I know that my dad would have been extremely honoured by this gesture. He was lucky enough to have worked with some of the best musicians, and industry professionals from all over the world. He was a working class man with a burning ambition to become a successful musician. His devotion to Pars was as strong as the urge to make music at times”.

“His friendship with his football team mates never wavered, no matter how much stick he got or gave, and he got quite a bit!”.

“When he was away from home, the phone would always ring at 5pm for a full match report. When he was at home, the players got it from section D in the home end terrace”.

Thanks to:

Jim Leishman, Colin Gourlay and Allan Smith, Dunfermline Athletic Football Club. Rab and Liz Walker, all the pupils involved at Dunfermline and Queen Anne High Schools. Kenny Graham and all the staff at Kennys Music. To everyone who donated to the auction.

Last but the most important of all, thanks to all the people who support DAFC, and still enjoy Stuarts music.

Auction proceeds will be distributed between the Dunfermline Athletic Youth Team, Music Rising and CHAS Rachel House Childrens Hospice.


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