A quickie, folks.
Exactly 35 years ago to the day, The Skids headlined the Glasgow Apollo for the first time, but I didn’t get to see the show, having packed my bags and hitched hundreds of miles south to find a flat and a job a couple of months beforehand.
The singles charts in Britain during the early summer of 1979 was dominated by disco: Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell was #1 and acts like Donna Summer, Edwin Starr and Sister Sledge were all selling shedloads of records.
Surprisingly enough, The Skids made their way into the top twenty at this point with a track that they’d been happy themselves to describe as ‘disco’ although I never really understood why and doubt the song ever troubled many DJ playlists at the likes of Studio 54.
My own favourite description of the music of The Skids was when Stuart Adamson spoke to Harry Doherty in Melody Maker in the wake of recording Days In Europa and explained: ‘We write theme tunes for war movies and romantic losers’ although I’m not sure I entirely understand that either.
Produced by one time Be-Bop Deluxe frontman Bill Nelson, this is Masquerade:
If I had to choose a band to represent the sound of Young Dunfermline today I’d go for The Moon Kids, an act that Billy Sloan has been enthusing about recently on his Sunday night show on Radio Clyde. According to their publicity they make ‘Music made to blast out through the tannoy of the waltzers or maybe the PA in a nightclub owned by Billy Fury and Ringo Starr’ and they’ll be launching their new EP on Friday night at local venue PJ Molloy’s.
This is the official video for Luna Park which is definitely worth seeing even though the singer is wearing a Nike T-shirt:
For more on The Moon Kids.
For more on The Skids.