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You’re making a statement, and we made a bold statement in the type of landscape where people do not make bold statements, everybody follows in the traditions of their mothers and fathers, nobody wants to be different because the word ‘different’ is a negative thing whereas the punk generation made being different okay I think for a lot of people from those kind of backgrounds.
On that tour we also played the amazing Apollo in Glasgow. The Odeons and the Apollos – they were huge venues but they were still very intimate. The Glasgow Apollo was something else, that huge stage, the height of it, there was definitely a connection with an absolutely mental audience. The first time I went there was to see Television and Blondie play together and it was just amazing. Then we supported The Stranglers there for three nights and it was the most violent thing I’ve seen in my life. The bouncers would take on the whole audience and turn the audience on them, and it was pretty terrifying. We toured with The Stranglers for two years and then Hugh got put in jail [for drug possession] so I had to do the opening stuff with The Skids for 45 minutes and then I had to go back on and sing with The Stranglers. They were crazy times.
If I was to really dig in to myself and think what is the real reason for doing this, it’s just the experience, so why not just turn the page and enjoy every single minute of it? It’s not the only thing that’s in my life, therefore I can have a lot of fun with it. I take it seriously, because the words are serious about serious things, but there’s also a cheekiness about it and I think we must never lose that because it’s exuberant and effusive.
Richard Jobson on The Skids: 1977-2017
May 1, 2017
The Skids were one of Scotland’s most successful punk exports. Formed in Dunfermline in 1997 and fronted by the idiosyncratic double act of teenage singer Richard Jobson and gifted guitarist Stuart Adamson (later to form the much loved Big Country), they scored a handful of enduring hits, including Into the Valley, Working for the Yankee Dollar and The Saints Are Coming (subsequently covered by U2 and Green Day in 2006), in their short lifetime.
The group reformed, minus the sadly departed Adamson, for their 30th birthday in 2007 and now they’re doing the timewarp again to celebrate their 40th anniversary. A new album, Burning Cities, will be released in the summer. Before then, there’s an anniversary tour, commencing this week. And before that, there’s our chat with Richard Jobson, who regaled us with tales of the band’s Fifer roots, unique worldview and Apollo memories…