Scared to Dance 30th Anniversary 23rd February 2009

Skids never made beer but if they did it would probably be the best in the world.

Skids did however make some of the greatest music ever and on this day 30 years ago the debut album 'Scared to Dance' was released and hit number 19 in the UK Album charts.

Sadly, there has been nothing special done to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the greatest album ever made but with your help maybe, just maybe we can sort that.

We all know how commited Captain Oi have been regarding the Skids, they listen to what fans want and come up with the goodies.

Now, Captain Oi do a limited amount of 500 for vinyl picture disc, so how cool would it be to get a Scared to Dance 30th Anniversary Picture Disc?

I encourage one and all to email Captain Oi on this matter and lets make it happen.

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Richard Jobson Interview - The Five Thirty Show 17th February 2009

Edgy action film New Town Killers is one of the most anticipated features at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival.

Writer and director Richard Jobson and actor James Anthony Pearson join the five thirty show to discuss the gritty Edinburgh film.

Written and directed by the former front man of The Skids, the film is set on the dark streets of Edinburgh and follows the life of a homeless teenager who is made an offer he can’t refuse by two hedge-fund managers. The wealthy bankers set him up to play a violent game of hide and seek.

Jobson outlined his inspiration for writing the film, following personal experiences with the forgotten classes on the edge of society.

“I was working with some young kids in Edinburgh…the children of alcoholics and heroin addicts. I think to all intents and purposes they had become socially invisible. I became interested in that we as a society are turning our back on these kids,” said the director.

He continued, “So I wanted to write a story about them but I didn’t want to do it in that social realism, kitchen sink way we tend to do in Scotland. I wanted to make it like a thrilling action film that had something really exciting that you could bight into, but underneath that lay something very serious.”

At the centre of the film are two private bankers, played by Dougray Scott and Alistair Mackenzie, who get their kicks from hunting those in the margins of society. The irony of the present economic climate is not lost on the director.

“I put at the heart of it these two crazy, nasty, vicious hedge-fund managers and lo and behold look what’s happened; we’re surrounded by nasty, vicious hedge-fund managers,” said the former rocker.

The star of the film is the hunted homeless teenager played by James Anthony Pearson. However, the English-born actor admitted he had reservations about taking the role.

“I didn’t actually [think the part was for me] but we kind of turned it around in the room and it all went really well. It wasn’t till we started filming that the excitement started,” said the actor who has appeared in Casualty and Holby City.

The young actor also performed all of his own stunts in the film, many of which were dangerous action sequences. His background in medical drama, however, may have provided some comfort should anything have gone wrong.

To view interview

Richard Jobson listed in the FP100 - Greatest Fifers of all time!

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New Town Killers 9th February 2009

Richard Jobson's new movie 'New Town Killers' will be shown at the Glasgow Film Festival on 16th & 17th February 2009 at the Glasgow Film Theatre 1.

To book your tickets, please visit

Skids Fan Gathering 09 9th February 2009

Ahoy all. I will be looking to meet up with the usual suspects within the next few weeks for discussions about the 2009 Fans Gathering.

A few 'exciting' ideas have already been put forward, however, alot of groundwork required.

The gathering will of course be held in Dunfermline in July.

I will post details as and when available. Watch this space!

Stuart Adamson Fan's Commemoration

Stuart Adamson Fans Commemoration

For some time now I have believed that there is a strong desire amongst friends & fans to permanently express the warm affection and respect we all have for Stuart Adamson.

I think many wish to honour his memory and articulate the high esteem in which Stuart's legacy is held amongst his personal friends & the fiercely loyal fans, from his home city of Dunfermline in Scotland to the most remote corners of the globe where his words & music touched souls, lifted hearts & entertained millions worldwide.

Having contacted Stuart’s family last year, agreement was reached that the time was right to go ahead with such a commemoration.

Paramount in any project in Stuart’s name is the principle that it must be something that we feel Stuart would have approved of and so we sought and have secured a strong association with Dunfermline Athletic Football Club at their home ground, East End Park Dunfermline.

The original idea of a small plaque has now evolved into a large mural to be painted on the back wall of the north stand facing the pitch and a portrait to be hung in ‘Legends’ bar at the ground.

The collection made amongst those who attended the Skids fan gathering at The Corner Music Bar in Dunfermline on Saturday 5th July 2008 will assist in the purchase of materials for these.

Now here’s where I need to ask for your assistance again.

We wish to append some words to the portrait to be positioned in ‘Legends’ bar and who better to suggest such words than you guys who know Stuart's work so well?

I would ask that you consider choosing some appropriate words from Stuart’s lyrics and perhaps some of your own to express how and why we feel the way we do about Stuart and send your thoughts to me via the 'Feedback' page of where we will consider them all for inclusion.

Watch this space for further exciting news of other aspects of this commemoration project.

Submit your choice of words for Stuart's portrait at (click the 'Feedback' button)

Thank you,


The Absolute Game 9th January 2009

The Absolute Game is now available with the revised liner notes written by the fantastic Tim Barr with input from the band, a brilliant read for the faithful.

Big thanks to the great people at Captain Oi.

Order yours today. Click here.

The Skids best selling album – a UK No.9 on it’s original release in 1980 – gets a proper CD release at last. Includes the hit singles “Circus Games”, “Goodbye Civilian” and “A Woman In Winter” Now comes with the bonus of the original “Strength Thru Joy” LP that was given away with initial copies of the album and which are appearing here on CD for the first time. Original LP artwork, pictures of all relevant sleeves, lyrics and in-depth liner notes by Tim Barr. 

Richard and Stuart (After Skids) 26th December 2008

Checkout this great clip of Richard and Stuart on YouTube.

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