The year is 1983 and teenage vocalist Grahame Skinner came to prominence when he joined the Jazzateers, who had just left Postcard Records to sign to Rough Trade. A debut single was recorded (Show Me the Door) which received the thumbs up by the NME, this was swiftly followed by the eponymously titled ‘Jazzateers’, which also received considerable critical acclaim. Contrary to the last, the Jazzateers abruptly stopped proceedings and reconfigured as Bourgie Bourgie (with Paul Quinn on vocals).
Skinner then joined Hipsway, and they duly signed a major record deal with Mercury. This proved to be an intoxicating experience, one that would see their debut album become a big international hit, selling over 500,000 copies. The album contained the US / UK hit single, ‘Honeythief’ and the group toured internationally in support of the album.
Upon the demise of Hipsway, Skinner licked his wounds vowing to return to working with an independent to recapture the artistic freedom he enjoyed with the Jazzateers on Rough Trade. He signed to Hamburg based independent label Marina Records and made a couple of low-key downbeat albums ‘Life as a Dog’ (1995) and ‘Love is Dead’ (1996), under the moniker Cowboy Mouth. Despite these albums receiving favourable reviews, Skinner ‘retired’ from the music industry shortly afterwards.
However, he was asked if he’d be interested in appearing as special guest of the Phantom Band at a small music festival in Ayrshire, and duly assembled a group of former Postcard period musicians and appeared at the Darvel Music Festival in May 2011. Enjoying the experience, Skinner started writing and recording operating under the project name THE SKINNER GROUP. An album has now been recorded (Back On The Horse) available digitally on iTunes Amazon etc…and in CD form from