Personnel: Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Richard Jobson (vocals); Tom Kellichan (drums).
So, just what exactly were Skids? Punks with O-levels, new wave cop-outs, or just chance-takers and opportunists? The answer is probably a combination of all three. Far more important, however, is the fact that they left behind a clutch of great, if universally pretentious, singles. On album, it was hard not to get a little miffed at Richard Jobson's would-be aristocrat pop nonsense. Still, this debut had some good tunes, courtesy of pre-Big Country Stuart Adamson, like "The Saints Are Coming" and, of course, the wonderful "Into the Valley." Of huge importance to Skids fans is that the CD reissue includes the original live B-side to the latter, "TV Stars," a song which will mean nothing to anyone who didn't grow up watching British television, but a whole heap to those who did. ~ Alex Ogg
Uncut (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Scotland's first punk battalion, Dunfermline's Skids sounded unlike any of their English peers."