The Scottish art-punk unit Skids formed in Dunfermline in 1977. Comprised of the dramatic vocalist Richard Jobson, guitarist Stuart Adamson, bassist William Simpson, and drummer Tom Kellichan.
The group issued the single “Reasons” on their own No Bad label before signing to Virgin. After two more singles, “Sweet Suburbia” and “The Saints Are Coming,” Skids entered the U.K. Top Ten with “Into the Valley,” included on their 1979 debut LP Scared to Dance, a fine document of the anthemic guitar riffs and chanted choruses which typified the first phase of the group’s music. In 2007, Jobson, Simpson, Baillie, and Big Country’s Bruce Watson, and Watson’s son Jamie, got back together to perform at T in the Park and two nights in their hometown of Dunfermline. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the bands formation, the shows also paid tribute to former member Stuart Adamson, who passed away in 2001.
2017 saw the original line-up re-form to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a nationwide U.K. tour. With the dates rejuvenating the group’s passion, the band entered the studio to record new material. The resulting fifth album, Burning Cities, was issued at the beginning of 2018.