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Adamski in 2014
Adamski in 2014
Background information
Birth nameAdam Paul Tinley
Also known as
  • Adam Sky
  • Sonny Eriksson
Born (1967-12-04) 4 December 1967 (age 55)
Lymington, Hampshire, England
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active1979–present
Nana Tinley (born Klimek)
(m. 2017)

Adam Paul Tinley (born 4 December 1967[2]), known professionally as Adamski, as well as Sonny Eriksson, is an English DJ, musician, singer and record producer, prominent at the time of acid house for his tracks "N-R-G" and "Killer", a collaboration with Seal, which was a No. 1 song in the UK in 1990.[3]


Tinley was born in Lymington, Hampshire, England. As a youngster, influenced by punk rock and John Peel, he formed his first band The Stupid Babies when he was 11 and living in New Forest in England. He persuaded his 5-year-old brother Dominic to sing while he strummed a small guitar, and sent a demo tape to the indie label Fast Product, run by The Human League's manager Bob Last. "Everyone thought that was a really precocious and strange thing for an 11 year-old to do," Adamski recalls "but I just thought that's what everybody did". The kiddie-punk tracks were released on a sampler. When alternative BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel started playing their song "Babysitters" the band caused quite a stir, receiving positive write-ups in music magazines like Smash Hits and Melody Maker.[4][5] He performed with his brother Mark Tinley, and Johnny Slut of the band Specimen, as Diskord Datkord. They released their only single in 1988, an electroid cover of "Identity" by punk band X-Ray Spex. It was single of the week in NME.[citation needed]

In March 1989, Adamski was booked for his first solo gig at Le Petit Prince Restaurant in Kentish Town, run by his manager Phil Smith. Lenny D, promoter of nightclub Heaven, happened to be walking past, and was convinced by Smith to book Adamski for an all-dayer at Heaven. He quickly catapulted into the upper echelons of the nascent rave scene. Within a few weeks, Adamski was playing to 8,000 people at Sunrise Festival at Santa Pod Raceway and, after a bidding war, signed to MCA Records, producing the first rave record on MCA called Liveandirect.

He had success with this first release, which was a collection of tracks recorded live at various raves. It contained a short, live version of his first single "N-R-G", as well as "I Dream of You", which appeared on a free 4-track 7" vinyl single given away with the music paper Record Mirror in 1989.[6] The cover of the single "N-R-G" featured a mocked up Lucozade bottle with the word "Lucozade" replaced with "N-R-G".

Adamski toured many clubs with his portable keyboard set up, playing long sets, with an MC, Daddy Chester, and later with Seal. In front of his keyboard was a UK car number plate with the word ADAMSKI on it. Early versions of future singles "Killer" and "Future Love Paradise" were played on some of the Seal dates.

The album, Adamski's Thing, was issued in late 1998 on Trevor Horn's ZTT Records label, recorded at Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound studios. The style followed the trend started with his 1992 album Naughty, with guitars, strings, raw vocals and introspective lyrics, but maintaining a rhythmic dance sensibility.[citation needed] Adamski's Thing spawned two singles, "Intravenous Venus" and "One of the People" (a record featuring dance vocalist Gerideau, that got to No. 56 in the UK Singles Chart).[7][8]

Throughout the late 1990s, Tinley shifted focus to his DJ career. He soon adopted a new moniker, Adam Sky, touring Europe, and making the odd UK appearance such as playing at the electroclash night Nag Nag Nag in London in 2002 – run by his old friend Jonny Slut. As a producer, his songs at that time also included a collaboration with musician Danny Williams. In 2007, he released a remake of The Pop Group's 1979 single "We Are All Prostitutes" with Mark Stewart, which appeared on a number of compilations. His single "ApeX" was released on Kitsuné Music in 2006. In 2009, he began to release more material on Shir Khan's record label.[9]

In 2009, he found his way back to the UK to start his Futurewaltz project, working in the 3/4 time signature. Tinley’s latest alter ego is cyberbilly Sonny Eriksson - a self-styled Teddy Boy fusing rockabilly and psychobilly styles with the hypnotic, strange and electronic sounds of today and beyond.[citation needed]

In 2020, Adamski released Free To Kill Again,[10] featuring 10 new interpretations of "Killer" with guest features by Boy George, Nina Hagen, Adrian Sherwood, Mykki Blanco, Hannah Hu and others. In 2022, Adamski released "Black Butterfly", featuring Robert Owens. The track is a tribute to Mina Smallman's daughters Nicole and Bibaa, with all proceeds donated to the charity Million Women Rise. Remixes by done by Captain Mustache, Leeroy Thornhil (The Prodigy), Mr. C (Superfreq), and Shadow Child. In October 2022, Adamski released "Black Star Acid" on Boys Noize Records.



  • Liveandirect (1989) – UK No. 47
  • Doctor Adamski's Musical Pharmacy (1990) – UK No. 8[11]
  • Naughty (1992)
  • Adamski vs The Sentinels (1993)
  • Adamski's Thing (1998)
  • Killer – The Best of Adamski (1999)
  • Mutant Pop (1999)
  • This is 3-Step EP (2014)
  • Revolt (2015)
  • The Sound of Sonny Eriksson (2017)
  • The Spirit of Sonny Eriksson (EP) (2018)
  • Re:nrgise (2019)
  • Free to Kill Again (2020)


Year Single Peak positions Album
1990 "N-R-G" 12 Doctor Adamski's Musical Pharmacy
"Killer" (featuring Seal) 1 5 2 1 2 11 15 5 29
"The Space Jungle" 7 13 20 24 25 21
"Flashback Jack" 46
1991 "Never Goin' Down! / Born to Be Alive!" (featuring Jimi Polo / Soho) 51 Naughty
1992 "Get Your Body" (featuring Nina Hagen) 68
"Back to Front" 63
1993 "Sleeping with an Angel" (with Transformer 2) Singles only
"Bastardo" (with Pizarro)
1998 "One of the People" 56 Adamski's Thing
(as "Adamski's Thing")
"Intravenous Venus" 165
1999 "In the City" (featuring Gerideau) 24 Mutant Pop
(as "Adamski Products Inc.")
2000 "Take Me Away"
2002 "Already Out There" Singles only
2012 "I Like It"
2012 "Pawa 2 Da PPL" (with Gaudi)
2015 "Dazed 'n' Confused" (featuring Betty Adewole) Revolt
2022 "Black Butterfly" (Robert Owens)
2022 "Black Star Acid" (Boysnoize Records)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.



  1. ^ "Title Unknown". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009.
  2. ^ Jörg Amtage, Matthias Müller: Alle Hits aus Deutschlands Charts 1954-2003, Pro Business, 2003, p. 20.
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave, "How we made Killer, by Seal and Adamski". The Guardian. 11 March 2011
  4. ^ Adamski, Scott (22 December 2014). "Adamski: my favourite 10 albums". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Game Changer |". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Adamski - N.R.G." Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "ADAMSki's THING | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
  8. ^ "One of the People von Adamski's Thing feat. Gerideau".
  9. ^ "Exploited singles credited to Adam Sky". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Adamski - Free To Kill Again". Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 15. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ "Official Charts Company: Adamski". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Adamski – German Chart". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Adamski – Italian Chart". Retrieved 5 April 2014.

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