How The Skids came home to Fife for first album in 36 years

The band's first LP in 36 years went straight into the album charts at number four this week.
The band's first LP in 36 years went straight into the album charts at number four this week.
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One of the most popular Scottish bands of the last 40 years is back and flying high in the music charts, thanks in part to a Fife recording studio.

‘Burning Cities’, the title of the first album in 36 years by Scottish punk rockers The Skids, was released earlier this month and has just hit the number four spot in the LP charts.

And the majority of the album was recorded at the Tin Pan Alley Studios in Leslie, catapulting the group, whose biggest hit was Into The Valley in 1979, back into the media spotlight.

“We’re obviously delighted to get someone of the calibre of The Skids and to play a part in what is a big success for the band,” said studio owner Michael Gregor.

However, Michael is the first to admit he was a little anxious over whether the facility would be suitable for such a high profile group.

“They were initially down to do a couple of tracks but loved the studio so much they stayed to complete a large proportion of the album.

“I think our location appealed to the punk sensibilities and reminded them of their early exploits.”

And for 27-year-old sound engineer Magnus Collie, the experience was a departure from his day job as a music lecturer at Perth College.

He said: “I’d worked with every member of the band in various capacities except singer Richard Jobson so that put me on a good footing.

“I was particularly impressed with their energy and drive compared to many bands half their age.

“The call to say the album had gone into the charts at number four came while I was taking a class of students.

“I couldn’t believe it, I expected top 100 but nothing on this scale, it’s quite a moment.”