THE SKINNER GROUP

HIPSWAY

Hipsway

Hipsway were a Scottish pop/rock band whose style has been described as 'white soul/funk'.

Pim & Skin - San Francisco
Pim & Skin - San Francisco

The band were formed in Glasgow in 1984 by former Jazzateer singer Graham Skinner and ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass, and featuring Pim Jones (guitar) and Harry Travers (drums). Their music was characterized by Skin's deep vocals and Jones' tight guitar playing. They were quickly signed up by Mercury Records and by 1985 had released their first, eponymously-titled album. The album was a moderate success in the UK Albums Chart; while the single, "Honeythief", made number 17 in the UK Singles Chart, and also reached the Top 20 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Another song from the album, "Tinder", became well-known in Scotland as the soundtrack to a McEwan's Lager commercial.

However the band failed to build on its success; McElhone left to found Texas, and by the time the second album "Scratch the Surface" was recorded, Travers had also left (to be replaced by Stephen Ferrera). Released in 1989, the album was not as critically or commercially successful as its predecessor, and the band split up shortly afterwards.

Hipsway: 1984 - 1989
Grahame Skinner - Vocals
Pim Jones - Guitar
Harry Travers - Drums
Johnny McElhone - Bass
Stephen Ferrera - Drums
Gary Houston - Bass
Nigel Gregory - Keyboards
Anthony McDonald - Percussion

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