he Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland, by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single, the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and signed to Virgin Records. Their first singles were Sweet Surburbia, The Saints are Coming and Into the Valley, which reached the UK Top Ten. Their seminal debut album Scared to Dance was released in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – Masquerade and Working for the Yankee Dollar. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson produced second album Days in Europa. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums The Absolute Game (1980) and Joy (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.