Scared to Dance

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Scared to Dance
Studio album by Skids
Released 23 February 1979
Recorded 1978 at Air Studios, London
Genre Punk rock
Length 37:70
Label Virgin
Producer David Batchelor
Skids chronology
Wide Open
Scared to Dance
Days in Europa
Singles from Scared to Dance
  1. "The Saints Are Coming"
    Released: October 1978
  2. "Into the Valley"
    Released: 16 February 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press favourable[2]
Smash Hits 9/10[3]

Scared to Dance is the debut studio album by Scottish new wave band Skids. It was released on 23 February 1979, through record label Virgin.


Scared to Dance was produced by David Batchelor and engineered by Mick Glossop. Scared to Dance was the first album to feature Stuart Adamson's 'bagpipe guitar', which would be the trademark of his later band Big Country.

As with their next album, Days in Europa, also released in 1979, anti-war themes were frequently used. There are also a great deal of references in singer Richard Jobson's lyrics to the band's home region in Scotland.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Richard Jobson, all music composed by Stuart Adamson.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Into the Valley"   3:17
2. "Scared to Dance"   3:19
3. "Of One Skin"   2:29
4. "Dossier (Of Fallibility)"   3:31
5. "Melancholy Soldiers"   3:02
6. "Hope and Glory"   3:17
Side B
No. Title Length
7. "The Saints Are Coming"   2:41
8. "Six Times"   2:10
9. "Calling the Tune"   4:03
10. "Integral Plot"   2:39
11. "Charles" (1979 re-recording, composed Adamson) 2:43
12. "Scale"   4:43


The album was preceded by the single "Into the Valley", released 16 February, which reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] Scared to Dance was released 23 February, reaching No. 19 on the UK Albums Chart.[4]


"Into the Valley" became Skids' best-known song, and was adopted and sung by fans of Dunfermline Athletic F.C., the band's local football team, as well as Charlton Athletic F.C. in England whose ground is known as "The Valley".

The song "The Saints Are Coming", a minor hit at the time, was later covered by Green Day and U2 and released as a charity single.

Scared To Dance is also the name of a club night in London (2009-present).


  • Mick Glossop – engineering
  • Steve Prestage – engineering assistance
  • Russell Mills – sleeve artwork
  • Dennis Morris – sleeve photography


  1. ^ Ogg, Alex. "Scared to Dance – The Skids : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira. " :: Skids". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (March 8-21 1979): 25. 
  4. ^ a b "Skids | Artist | Official Charts". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

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