This Old Skin
November 8, 2004
Courtesy of Ian Roberts
The Beautiful South release a new single ‘This Old Skin’ on 6th December 2004, the follow up to top 30 hit ‘Livin’ Thing’. The song is taken from their acclaimed hit covers album ‘Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs’ which was released on Sony last month.
The track is their unique version of the lost classic by The Hepplebaums. Hailing from South Carolina and of German descent, the almost mystical band was first played to vocalist Paul Heaton by friends during one of his many visits to Germany. Paul describes the band as sounding, “a little like early Crass, a bit Grateful Dead…”
The Beautiful South enlisted the help of country singer, Chip Taylor to “…add authenticity” to the overall sound of the track. Taylor, who wrote the classic ‘Wild Thing’ and is the brother of Jon Voight (pop quiz fans), enthralled the band during the recording sessions in New York with tales of his meticulous gambling techniques and tricks.
The Beautiful South head out on a major UK tour at the end of November and December. These fast-selling dates begin in Nottingham on November 26th and finish up in Sheffield on 11th December. Details follow:
NOVEMBER Fri 26 Nottingham Royal Centre Sat 27 Newport Newport Centre Sun 28 Oxford New Theatre Mon 29 Brighton Brighton Centre
DECEMBER Wed 01 Plymouth Pavilions Thu 02 Birmingham NIA Fri 03 London Hammersmith Apollo Mon 06 Glasgow Academy Thu 09 Manchester Apollo Fri 10 Liverpool University Sat 11 Sheffield Arena