Adamson Adulation : article on Stuart Adamson / Big Country and Skids book by Allan Glen

Dunfermline Press Article by Matt Meade
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ON a drab Monday night in October 1977 London punk icons The Clash brought their ‘Get Out of Control’ tour to Dunfermline.

Support that night came from French female band The Lous and New York’s Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

But it was unknown local teens The Skids and guitarist Stuart Adamson, from the comparatively unglamourous Crossgates, onstage just five minutes after doors opened at the Kinema Ballroom, who struck awe into 14- year-old Allan Glen.

Since then, the former NME journalist has followed the career path of Adamson who became singer of Big Country, a band who went on to sell an astonishing 10 million albums globally.

Allan was only allowed to “tag along” to that formative gig with his big brother Bryan and his friends on instructions of their parents.

Recalling the night, in which he describes Adamson and singer Richard Jobson as “thunder and lightning” he said, “It was the first show I went to in my whole life and to this day it’s still the best show I’ve ever seen.


“It’s a cliché, but it was absolutely life changing.”

Allan, brought up in Dunfermline's McClelland Crescent, has now written what will become the definitive biography of his hero.

And he’s not the only one who holds Adamson in adulation.

Fellow fan James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers wrote the book’s foreword while crime author Ian Rankin writes the introduction.

U2 and Green Day, arguably two of the biggest bands in the world, collaborated on a cover of the Skids ‘The Saints are

Coming’ in 2006.

Bruce Springsteen called Adamson “The real deal”.

Another fan is Blur’s Graham Coxon.

Allan said, “While Bruce Watson (Big Country guitarist) was recording the Buffalo Skinners album he bumped into Coxon in 1993 during the Blur’s Modern Life is Rubbish era.

“Coxon told Watson, ‘I used to have a sticker of you on my guitar!’. He’s a massive fan and that’s a lovely little story.

“When people think of Stuart and Big Country they think of the eighties but often forget that they are so influential on bands today.

“The music has been an influence on the Manics, Oasis, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdiand, Kaiser Chiefs, even the Stone Roses.

"The music is still relevant and that’s a huge testament to Stuart Adamson’s talents.”

Alan’s research led him to pore over the Press archives.

He said, “Looking through the archives was bittersweet.

“You see Stuart Adamson, the Skids and Big Country develop throughout the years and, as a writer, you want to follow that path right up till now with the legacy of the band.

"Here was a teenager from Crossgates who became a global success and it’s a wonderful testament to Scottish culture.”

Adamson took his own life in a hotel room in Honolulu in 2001.

Though that life was cut tragically short, Allan’s book is a fitting tribute to a man whose musical legacy will live on for years to come.



Stuart Adamson: In A Big Country by Allan Glen (Polygon), £14.99 hardback, is available at Waterstone's Dunfermline

Also available to order online from Amazon

Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country 





The Skids Live 2010 DVD with free promo CD is back online

Due to popular demand another small run of The Skids Live 2010 DVD is available for sale through Paypal.

This Skids DVD comes with a free Promo CD with the tracks Working For The Yankee Dollar, The Saints Are Coming, Masquerade, Out Of Town, Open Sound and TV Stars.


Skids DVD postage update

All orders for the Skids Live 2010 DVD that were placed on or before 31st October have now been processed.

All UK orders should now have been delivered, overseas orders may take another couple of days.

If you have not recieved your order please email with details of your order.

The Skids DVD Premiere, 2 days to go!

only 2 days to go until The Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline.

as well as a framed Skids photo and an electric guitar as raffle prizes there will also be an aftershow party after the main event.

The aftershow will take place in the Tiffany Bar area, next door to the main hall.

Due to limited spaces we are sorry to say that we will not be able to fit everyone into the aftershow party.

Once band members, friends, family and VIP's have all been taken care of, there will be some extra wristbands available.

For those of you lucky enough to get a Skids wristband for the aftershow, all we ask in return is for you to make a small donation into the Help For Heroes collection tins that will be available in the foyer.

Myself, Smid and some band members will have the extra wristbands for the aftershow so feel free to ask and make sure you make a donatioin.

see you all on Sunday and we hope you enjoy the show :)


Win Two Tickets for Skids Event & A Copy Of New DVD

Visit Dunfermline are running a competition to win a copy of the special edition Skids DVD and entry for 2 people to the Premiere and Launch night at the Carnegie Hall on Sunday 31st October.

competition details below...............

The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline will be playing host to the Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere showing on Sunday 31st October 2010, the show starts at 6pm. As well as the DVD launch there will be a special, one-off performance with The Skids & The Gospel Truth Choir (not to be missed) as well as a raffle for signed photos and a signed guitar.

Richard Jobson and special guests are pleased to be hosting the official launch of The Skids ...Live 2010 DVD. Sunday 31st October will see the premiere showing of the new DVD at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The DVD will go on sale officially at this event which will include live music performances as well as the first showing of the DVD on the big screen.




Skids Live 2010 DVD some questions answered.

Just to confirm some details about the special edition pre-ordered DVDs
The Skids Live 2010 DVD is Region 2 PAL (UK) so this disc may not be suitable for playing in other countries and is not a multi-region or region free disc.

You DO NOT need a Paypal account to order, Paypal will accept all major credit cards and debit cards.
Once you add the item, please continue to the checkout page and instead of using your Paypal account to make the purchase, you can choose to put in your credit or debit card details, this works the same way as all other online payment processing.

Make sure you put your email address in correctly as confirmation of your order will be emailed to you.

The Skids Live 2010 DVD contains the following tracks
Of One Skin
Melancholy Soldiers
Yankee Dollar
The Saints Are Coming
Scared To Dance
The Olympian
Hurry On Boys
A Woman In Winter
Circus Games
Into The Valley

The DVD also includes interviews with Richard and also footage from the Fifer Festival 2010

Produced and directed by Richard Jobson
Edited by Steven Sander
DVD sleeve notes are by Tim Barr

Details of the poster and free audio CD included with the special edition will follow soon :)


Deep Fried Gospel CD Out Soon!

The Gospel Truth Choir will again be joining The Skids on stage at the Carnegie Hall on the 31st October, they also have a new CD coming out which will feature The Saints Are Coming and Chance, see details below.

Pre-Order the Debut Album from Scotland's Gospel Choir

DEEP FRIED GOSPEL is the forthcoming studio album from Scotland's leading gospel singers. Recorded at Cava Sound in Glasgow and Watercolour Music in Ardgour, it features twelve well -known tracks written by Scottish songwriters and performed by The Gospel Truth Choir in their inimitable tartan gospel style.

Includes collaborations with Bruce and Jamie Watson, Mary Ann Kennedy, Maeve MacKinnon, Horse and the combined choirs of InChorus and Lothian and Borders Police. Pre-order now and help the choir pay for the cost of printing the album! (copies will be shipped on or around 15th November 2010). Payments by credit card via Paypal below - with discounts for mutliple copies!!
Listen to a sample track (Mary's Prayer) HERE.

visit their website for more links to pre-order and buy.

Skids DVD moves into the valley

The Skids Live 2010 DVD will be available soon from larger outlets and retailers such as HMV and Amazon.

The recommended retail price is £19.99 but after some negotiations they have agreed to sell the Skids Live 2010 for around the £12 mark :) this should ensure that Skids fans always get a good deal and value for money  

Whats the difference between the "normal" Skids DVD and the special pre-ordered one?

The Skids DVDs that have been pre-ordered through these websites and Paypal will have a FREE POSTER and a FREE CD the CD contains songs from the Skids gigs in March and more details about the poster and the DVD will follow soon.

-* please note that the special edition pre-order links are down at the moment but may be updated and added again soon

The Skids, taking care of their fans since 1977


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