Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Skimmer - Playground Bully


  If you were a pop punk fan in the 90's then it's more than likely you were listening to bands like Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Lillingtons and Green Day etc. If you were fans of UK pop punk then you also had plenty to go at. There was Chopper, Crocodile God, Travis Cut and Annalise to name just a few but one of the best were a Birmingham based band who specialise in writing skewed pop songs called Skimmer. They feature today...

  They formed in 1993 (from the ashes of a band called The Sect), were one of the acts to grace the legendary Leeds based label Crackle Records and they were the last band to record a John Peel session (21 October 2004 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeMErys2VqM). If you're unfamiliar with them and want to check them out I'd recommend their retrospective, Smitten  https://skimmer.bandcamp.com/album/smitten-the-complete-recordings-1993-1999

  I'd also recommend their brand new album, All Fired Up. It's their 9th studio album, it's 13 tracks of scuffed up pop gems which starts out in style with the song I'm showcasing today and finishes with another career highlight in the form of Student Girls. All the tracks sandwiched in between are really rather tasty treats too. Some bands who've been around for such a long time either lose the knack of penning catchy tunes or lose the fizz that made them so good. Happily Skimmer don't fall into either category. 

  You can get the album from Council Pop Records (UK), Waterslide Records (Japan) or Bloated Kat Records (US). The digital download is available as a name your price download here : https://bloatedkatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-fired-up

  With a chorus to die for, this is Playground Bully...

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