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For years Richard Jobson has been working on merging moving images with stills in numerous projects, including his latest, The Journey, with Emma Thompson.
The broadcaster, talk-show host, writer, director, BAFTA award winner, and former frontman of punk-rock band The Skids talk about how he uses cutting-edge technology on the Mac in his film-making and broadcasting. Eddie Harrison moderates.
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I am still recovering from a long but great weekend and will get more photos added to the galleries as soon as possible :)
I would like to pass on a message from Mark at The Old Inn who has said the Skids fans who come down to The Old Inn for food and drinks before the Alhambra gig were brilliant, I would have to agree, the atmosphere was great with a great bunch of Skids fans. Skids fans are the best!
It was a wee treat to meet up and chat with a few old faces as well as
eventually meeting with guys from Facebook and email messages, Glen, Gav, Big Gordy, Stainless, James Mawhinney, Eggo, "the Hume brothers" and many more, also quite funny referring to people as "Thanatos" and other internet handles/nicknames and pointing over and saying "theres PTnobluevinyl" pure class!
Also the amount of people who were asking for Smid was mental, Smid m8 you are just as famous as the Skids m8 .... if there was an award for a golden anorak you would win hands down :)
Thanks to everyone who came along to The Old Inn for the pre-gig warm up and to Mark for kindly allowing us to take over his lounge area for the afternoon and also paying for the posters and other bits and bobs that we gave away to as many people as possible. Mark is a top bloke and I am sorry to anyone who didnt get a poster or a t-shirt, you know how to get a hold of me :)
An amazing weekend and so many different accents LOL , huge thanks to Thomas at Visit Dunfermline for a great week of events leading up to and including the gig, and of course Fife Council for all their involvement and investments.
A massive thanks to Michael and Camilla at MJM, James and all the staff at DF Concerts, Crossguard Security, Group 4 Security, all the staff at the Alhambra, Bairdy, Calder, Ian, Colin, big John, all the bar staff in fact too many names to mention but you are all a great bunch of people and of course a big huge massive thanks to Richard and the Skids for providing a top class gig.
post by Cob at The Skids website
FIST clenched, standing four- square in the centre of the stage, Richard
Jobson is belting out the lung-busting chorus of the classic Into The Valley.
And as Bill Simpson drills out the song's trademark bassline, the sell-out crowd is going MENTAL.
In scenes that'd rival even the mighty Barrowland, this hometown show - in one of Scotland's best venues - sees both fans and band going for it big-time, expending enough energy to power the national grid.
It's a reminder that The Skids, who last reunited in 2007 for their
incredible 30th anniversary show on the main stage at T In The Park, have lost none of their power.
In an action-packed 24-song set - full of pulse-quickening hits like Masquerade, Working For The Yankee Dollar and, of course, The Saints Are Coming - they constantly spring surprises. Not the least of which are the songs themselves. As they rocket into Charles - originally penned by a teenage Stuart Adamson back in 1977 - it's clear the track hasn't gathered dust at all. Its spiralling guitar riff and lyric about the creeping depersonalisation of corporate culture, still sound radical now.
With Adamson's Big Country bandmate Bruce Watson depping for the much-missed guitar hero, old favourites like Out Of Town and Melancholy Soldiers are delivered with the force of a runaway train.
Drummer Mike Baillie - who joined the Fife band in time for 1980's Absolute Game album - is a revelation too, sticks skipping around the kit as he hammers out the rock solid beat of a blistering Circus Games.
There's a neat moment when those on stage salute original sticksman Tam Kellichan, who's among tonight's crowd. But while the music (including a rare romp through the much-underrated and never-before-played-live 1981 Fields single) is the undisputed star of the show, Jobson himself runs it a pretty close second.
He's a magnetic presence, leaping into the air one minute, spinning round with a boxer's finesse the next, all the while bellowing out those king-size choruses. As a frontman he's up there with Daltrey, Lydon and Strummer.
That's summed up as they launch into Of One Skin - the 1978 hit that inspired both U2 and The Cult - Jobson sailing through the air like he's 17 again, still striking a blow for the newest of the new wave.
More photos have been added to the Skids Media section, in the Skids Images Galleries, under the Skids live section there are now hundreds of great quality photos and lots are from Malcolm Button, these images have been slightly reduced in size but dont have the really annoying text over them, there are also more photos added for the The Skids at The Abc in Glasgow and Steve has kindly moved his copyright notice to the bottom of the photos so as not to spoil your viewing pleasure. I have some photos from fans that I will also get uploaded into a seperate gallery :) If you have any photos you would like added please feel free to email me them : Cob@the-skids.co.uk
A Huge thanks to Malcolm, Mary and Steve for providing these top class photos of The Skids as well as some cracking photos of Bruce and Jamie
http://the-skids.co.uk/skids/image/tid/25 link to The Skids live images
The Skids @ the Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline 06-03-10
So this was to be the last ever Skids gig at the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline, the band’s home town.
The Band for tonight is Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie and Bruce & Jamie Watson.The intro CD comes on, a roar goes up and they are on. Richard Jobson swinging his arms and legs about like a mad man possessed.
The first two songs were over in a flash. As I catch my breath Richard tell us the next song was written in the library and “Working for the Yankee Dollar” is played. The crowd go mad.They then go on to dedicate the next song to Stuart Adamson who was a special guy to them all. The crowd agree and we are played “The Saints are Coming”. Jobson says “too many bands from our era just go through the motions nowadays but we play from the heart,” and this receives a rapturous applause.“Masquerade” is up next and the crowd are getting more excited as each song passes.
They end the evening with “Into the Valley” and this had the building shaking. Everyone in the theatre are on their feet, from the moshpit to all the people up in the balcony seats, all singing along. Jobson holds the mic towards them and it is the loudest and best sing along I have ever heard. The fans are still singing when the band goes off. But that surely cant be it - they come back on to do acoustic versions of “Saints are Coming” and “Into the Valley” which mellows the crowd out before they play “Fields”, which according to Jobson they have never played live before.And finally it is time for “that song that is like a lead weight around our necks all evening and you have been waiting for” says Jobson - “Albert Tatlock” is screamed out! “TV Stars” is played and the roof of the Alhambra is nearly lifted off its hinges. And that was it - two hours of sheer brilliance and the last ever gig, if so they did their hometown and the fans proud but most of all they did
As they walk off Bruce stands alone and shouts see ya soon.
According to Richard Jobson, his intentions for this concert were to sing out of tune and dance badly, as usual. His dancing was indeed dreadful, at one stage resembling a chicken suffering severe cramp, but thankfully his band’s music remains stirringly powerful.
Jobson spoke between songs about his belief that the lyrics still meant something today, but it was a justified claim. The first pint of the evening went flying through the air on the acid-tongued Working For The Yankee
Dollar before The Saints Are Coming was delivered in brilliantly desperate style. However, this was not a straightforward greatest hits set, and with a six-strong choir joining the group, there were moments of innovation too.
Aside from the lyrics, it was noticeable how well the actual music has endured. Never oi oi punks, Scared To Dance’s guitar was a hypnotic tribute to the late Stuart Adamson’s skills, A Woman In Winter’s chanting suited the choir’s backing and a muscular version of Hurry On Boys also impressed.
While the whole band were fine, father and son duo Bruce and Jamie Watson handled Adamson’s parts capably, Jobson was still the star, a proverbial whirling dervish whose vocal still snarls when required.
His energy resonated throughout a closing trio of Circus Games, Masquerade and Into The Valley, which deserved the moshing it sparked from old and young punks alike.
It was a shame an underwhelming encore followed, in which both Saints and Valley were awkwardly repeated acoustically, a treatment that suited neither. It thankfully didn’t put too large a blemish on the evening, and if this truly is the end of the Skids, they finished on a high.
A SUPERB performance from the Skids set the seal on the week of events celebrating the career of Richard Jobson.
Saturday night's gig was a memorable occasion for the sell-out crowd savouring the reunion of one Dunfermline's best-ever bands in the fabulous setting of the rejuvenated Alhambra Theatre.
And it was a rejuvenated, storming set from the band as they turned the clock back, roared on by the hometown support like a swaying mass of football fans.
There was a huge ovation in memory of the late Stuart Adamson and it was fitting that his Big Country colleague Bruce Watson was on stage alongside his son Jamie to complete the line-up.
Many fans present had been there for the band's breakthrough days in the late 1970s although some in the audience were not even born then.
The set was an impressive mix of the band's popular hits such as 'The Saints Are Coming', 'Working for the Yankee Dollar', 'Circus Games' and Masquerade' with less well-known material such as 'Woman in Winter'
and 'Castles in Spain', which was released by The Armoury Show, Jobson's subsequent band after the Skids.
The singer turned film director said it was a "privilege" to appear at the theatre and the fans certainly appreciated them being there.
Alhambra manager Simon Fletcher said, "It was a great event and the culmination of a really good week.
"The first Fifer Festival has been a success and the Skids concert was a triumphant return.
"When they sang 'Into the Valley' it was the biggest crowd reaction we've had since the Alhambra re-opened. The band loved playing here and the fans had a great time."
Local bars and restaurants were busy as gig-goers flocked into Dunfermline, none more so than a packed Old Inn where Skids fans gathered in the hours before the concert, at an event organised by the band's
website. They were entertained by Skids music and rare footage of the band on video.
Dunfermline's emergence as a live music hub after many years in the doldrums was confirmed on Saturday with one of the city's busiest ever nights for live music.
Film director Richard Jobson is approaching 50, but he is preparing to return to his first love of music by gigging with his seminal punk band the Skids at the ABC in Glasgow tomorrow.
And he makes it clear he is still driven by the same passions as when he started with the band in 1977.
“In my head, I’m still 16!” he says. “I still have that energy and enthusiasm for doing things without wondering what the response will be. I think when you worry about the response, then you are doomed from the start.”
Richard has always done things his own way, from writing classic punk songs such as Into The Valley and The Saints Are Coming (covered by U2 and Green Day), to a stint as a television presenter on Sky, to directing films in different genres.
He has also recently shot the music video for former Verve singer Richard Ashcroft.
His next project is a film that takes its title from a Skids song, Into The Valley. It will look at the lives of soldiers in Afghanistan, and Richard admits it is the fact he believes the Skids songs still have an impact that has led him to reform the group again.
“It saddens me a bit that the Skids songs are still relevant,” he says.
“I wrote Into The Valley about kids having no prospects for work so the only road available to them was joining the Army. Then, 16 weeks later, they found themselves in Northern Ireland and came back very changed.
“Working For The Yankee Dollar, Charade, Masquerade were all about similar issues, and we are in the same situation again right now.
“A lot of the (Army) people I have spoken to do not think they are going to end up in Southern Afghanistan, but they are. “So it has gone full circle and I am still singing the songs for a reason.
After breaking up in 1982, the Skids reformed for a few shows in 2007, including T In The Park, and then played a brief set as part of the 2009 Homecoming jamboree.
Had the passion not still been there at Homecoming, Richard is adamant he would have called it a day.
“This still means something to me – I’m not just cranking them out and saying nothing more than ‘isn’t it great to be here’.
“We always felt something in common with the people who came to see us and that was what made it such fun.
“We will be doing a lot of the songs in ways people will not expect – different versions of Valley, of Saints, and we will be using a gospel choir from Glasgow.
“We will be playing an array of different stuff, songs we have not played before.
A lot of these bands from that era just come along and chuck out the songs people vaguely remember, and do the whole greatest hits thing. We hope we can do more than that.”
Certainly, the band’s set at the Homecoming gig was one of the night’s highlights. They were joined that evening by a wide range of Scottish acts, such as Deacon Blue and Hue & Cry.
Richard appears unsure of whether the experience was good or bad.
“Homecoming was odd,” he says. “I tried my best to watch as many of the other acts as I could, but the idea we were on the same stage as Hue & Cry was peculiar to me.
“Given the choice, that is something I would never have taken part in because we are so different.”
He is not exactly blown away by a lot of current musical acts.
“Pop is sludge now. I have always hated Radio 1 because, aside from John Peel, it was awful songs and all that rubbish like Dave Lee Travis DJing.
“Now it claims to be the coolest station in the world – says who?”
While he believes pop is as bad as ever, he does feel music as a whole has shifted, to the extent the public are more willing to listen to all sorts of tunes.
“Music used to be very divisive, whereas nowadays people have very eclectic tastes.
“The background we are from, there were certain lines that you had – if you saw somebody with a Yes album they were the enemy – that is not really the case now.
“That passion and anger is not there, people have much more open ears for music.
“In some ways that is a good thing, but one of the great things about music is that it was a divisive thing, and if somebody had a Wishbone Ash album you knew you hated them.”
Dunfermline will be amass with Skids fans tomorrow as "Skidders" from all over arrive in oor wee toon to attend the sell out show at the Alhambra Dunfermline on Saturday 6th March.
Skids fans are already making arrangements to meet in various different pubs in Dunfermline an article in this weeks press highlighted that The Old Inn at 13 Kirkgate Dunfermline has shown its loyalty to Dunfermline's finest by providing Skids music and Video on the afternoon of the gig.
The owner of The Old Inn has said that himself and his staff are massive Skids fans and have enjoyed the company of Bruce, Jamie and Sandra on many occasions as well as having a few beers with Stuart in the past.
The Old Inn can also boast to having the highest amount of Skids songs available on their FREE jukebox and have now made the effort to make sure that even more Skids music and video will be available on the 6th March.The Old Inn also serves great home made food available all afternoon, so for a pre-gig warm up it is ideal, a good meal, a few beers, some Skids music and video to get the juices flowing, and its only a 5 minute walk from the Alhambra, families are welcome so if you are bringing your kids to the gig thats not a problem.
To arrange your food or put your song request in please call 01383 729 050
or mobile number 07771 610 163 and ask for Mark
Time, 11.45am on a undistinguished grey Tuesday morning, winds light to variable. Place, Dunfermline, an unremarkable Fife mining town of some 50,000 souls, previous musical honour role, Nazareth, Barbara Dickson, Cado Belle's guitarist Alan Darby, Fay Fife of the Rezillos......and now THE SKIDS.
Stuart Adamson (20) guitar, writes all the music, cheerful wisecracker.
Richard Jobson (18), fast moving frontman, singer and lyric writer, the youngest and most talkative.
Bill Simpson (21) bassist, down to earth, laconic type. Tom Kellichan (24) drums.
Like most drummers, not given to eloquent discourse and prefers hitting things instead.
As The Skids, they've been together for just over a year now, having their origins in a long forgotten band called Tattoo which included Stuart and Bill.
It was pretty much unrelated to what they are doing now, they played Quo, Bowie etc, round the dance halls of northen Scotland. Latterly, however, the pair had been messing around in a pub in Cowdenbeath with six or seven of Stuart's songs and inevitably decided to form their own band.
A mutual friend told them about Richard, previously unattached, who was looking for a band to sing with. Richard made an immediate impression, he got thrown out of the introductory party at Stuart's house for being vicious!
A week later, however, more peaceful negotiations resulted in Richard being taken aboard.
The trio then advertised for a drummer which eventually resulted in Tom, previous experience playing what he calls 'me-oh, my-oh music in dance bands' completing the line up.
Like most bands in the summer of '77, The Skids started out as a punk band and will cheerfully admit to stealing everything from the early English bands, image, attitude, the lot, except (and its a big except) the music.
The punk mantle never did fit them well.
Mostly The Skids had jobs, they weren't bored, and ramalamadolequeue never was their musical line.
Moreover, they were never afraid to experiment, and their moody and atmospheric 'Scared to Dance' (featuring some fine controlled guitar work by Stuart) was a splendid contrast to most of the two minute blitzes that were going down at the time.
The Skids were new alright, but they were different aswell.
In due course came the 'Charles' EP, a three track collection of Stuart's songs which proved to be a Lightning Alternative Chart topper, and an impressive demo of what was to come.
A short tour of London was to follow, after which Virgin moved in and closed the deal.
Together, The Skids are typical Fife youth, reserved in company until they suss the stranger, reluctant to open up and given only to short definitive opinions to guard against hte bravado jibes from their pals until, of course they demonstrate their national weakness for alcohol when they become more, erm, extrovert.
This band's lyrics are distinctly different. Richard's mainman is Television's Tom Verlaine, with Leonard Cohen and Steve Harley both right in there too.
Stuart goes in for shorter, sharper songs. Nils Lofgren, Leonard Cohen again, and Lenny Bruce are his favourite people.
Take the inventive flair from the lyrical style of these gents, add a sharp dash of observant humour, and mix it all in with Stuart's amazing riffs and you've got something like the essence of The Skids.
The band as a whole are also into Bebop Deluxe and their sense of warmth and humour is renowned, take a listen to fans favourite 'TV Stars', for instance, which is nothing more than the names of 'Crossroads' and 'Coronation Street' characters chanted over an old riff!
It can be a tricky business, trying to pin these Skids chappies down. One thing they're unanimous about is that they do not want to be stuck with an image.
With an image you have to take a direction, and that's just what they don't want to do.
One criticism of their appearance at the Edinburgh Stiff Test was that their set was the most unbalanced of the night.
Ever eager to move on, The Skids loved that one! Here's one band that certainly won't be following a plotted path to ifinity, take a bow, Skids.
'To Skid', according to my dictionary, means to 'slide forwards or backwards or sideways'. I couldn't have put it better myself.
That's the beauty of The Skids, always on the move but theres no telling where they'll go next. Catchy tunes, rocking verve, vivid imagery, dance music, what more do you want? Choose another band to The Skids and you'll get the band you deserve..IAN CRANNA
Courier Newspaper Article
Friday March 5th 2010 (Page 4)
RICHARD JOBSON frontman of The Skids, last night spoke of the loss of founder member Stuart Adamson.
The Kirkcaldy born singer and film-maker was taking part in An Evening With Richard Jobson at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, in which he spoke of his career with acclaimed crime writer Ian Rankin.
Jobson told of his early interest in comics and how his brother, Francis, had a huge influence on him.
He said, "My father was a coal miner and we were a classic working class family, "However, my brother went out his way to be different". "He drew a mural of Spider Man on my bedroom wall when I was a boy living in Crosshill.
"He listened to music like Captain Beefheart, Leonard Cohen, MC5 and The New York Dolls and i saw him as being iconic. "He took alot of abuse for this".
Jobson said he was diagnosed as having epilepsy as a child auditioned for The Skids at Cowdenbeath Working Men's Club. He told the audience that he could not sing at the time and was coached by Stuart Adamson, the late guitarist of The Skids and Big Country, who died in December 2001.
Jobson said Adamson had "a natural talent" and spoke of his shock on hearing he had died.
He said, "Stuart was an incredibly talented musician The whole episode of his death was tremendously sad".
He added "I was in denial of The Skids for a long time after we split up - I don't know why.
"We never had a chance to say goodbye to Stuart -- there was never any closure. "Sowhen the chance came to warm up tfor T in the Park with a gig at Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline, it was great".
Jobson said "In 1976 when punk first growled, the outlook for music was bleak. "Punk was really rebellious and we had this DIY attitude in The Skids".
He added "In the early days we managed to play at Clouds and upstairs in Kenilworth in Rose Street, both in Edinburgh. We would then go to wait at Waverly Station and got the milk train home to Dunfermline the next morning.
"It was a magical time".
Jobson said the band had their own record label, No Bad Records, before being "discovered" by the late DJ, John Peel. He said "John played Charles every single night and hearing that made my heart skip. But success came too quickly -- i was only 17 years old when we were on Top of the Pops and were touring 300 days of the year.
"There was never an acrimonious split as has been depicted".
The audience were also shown excerpts from 16 Years of Alcohol and New Town Killers, both films directed by Jobson.
He ended the evening by singing a solo renditition of Ae Fond Kiss and was joined by Bruce Watson (ex Big Country) and son Jamie for acoustic renditions of Skids songs The Saints are Coming and Into the Valley.
Jobson said that he wrote both songs in Dunfermline Carnegie Library.
courtesy of The Skids website