Taken from the band's mid-period, on March 10,1979, circa Scared to Dance and Days in Europa (a year before the guts of the band, guitarist Stuart Adamson, left to form the inferior but more famous Big Country; one abysmal LP without him later, the Skids packed it in), this has all the crunch and highs of their 1980 "New York Hurrah" shows. See for yourself where the young The Edge admitted he stole half his guitar sound from -- PiL's Keith Levene being the other half -- the opening "Of One Skin" was totally lifted for U2's "Out of Control," back when they were good. Thanks to the live assault, this is even better than Skids' summit LP, 1980's Absolute Game, and absolutely should be used as the introduction for all who are curious; needless to say, the old fans must, must, must get this. Lou Reed's Transformer radio hit, "Walk on the Wild Side," is a strange choice of unreleased cover, though!
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid