I love this story.
In 1984 my home town of Dunfermline was centre of the pop universe, or so it felt like. The Skids had hit the big time and when they split up Big Country became a really big group. Another local band were being heavily tipped to follow in their footsteps and not just by the Dunfermline Press and West of Fife Advertiser. That band were called White China.
They had a single, they played gigs, but then they seemed to vanish. Another failed attempt at a pop career I thought.
But whilst working on a redesign of the jocknroll site I found an interesting link. I have come across a White China MySpace site which tells the real story. Seems the band got royally messed about by their record label, Island, who forced them to remix their single 17 times, starved them of resources and ultimately went bankrupt before the album was released.
Now they have concrete plans to release the album early in 2007, more than twenty years after making it. See the MySpace for more details.
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The Skids were great - influenced and sometimes produced by the much underated Bill Nelson. The lead singer's dancing was interesting as well, never in time with the music. Was his name Richard Jobson or something like that ?
It certainly was and I'm still trying to find a copy of the album by his post-Skids band The Armoury Show.
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