Hard Skin

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Hard Skin is an English punk group from Gipsy Hill, London who play in the early UK Oi! style.[1]


Hard Skin were a comedy oi band founded in 1996 and their first album Hard Nuts and Hard Cunts appeared that year. The band were: bassist "Fat Bob" (Sean Forbes of Wat Tyler), guitarist and lead vocalist "Johnny Takeaway" (Ben Corrigan of Thatcher On Acid) and drummer "Nosher" (Chris Acland of indie/Britpop band Lush).[2] After Acland's death, he was replaced on drums by "Nipper" (Scott Stewart) for second album Same Meat Different Gravy in 2005,[3] which like its predecessor was received positively in punk and Oi! circles despite (or perhaps partly because of) the band's parodic tendencies.[4]

Third album proper On The Balls was released in 2013, alongside companion album Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear featuring alternate versions of its songs voiced by female vocalists, including Joanna Newsom, Manda Rin, Miki Berenyi, Beth Jeans Houghton, Debbie Smith, Alela Diane, Alison Mosshart, Beki Bondage, Marion Herbain, Roxanne Clifford, and Liela Moss.[5] The album also featured an appearance by Gaye Advert.[6]



  • Hard Nuts and Hard Cunts, London: Broken Rekids, 1996
  • Same Meat Different Gravy, Household Name Records, 2005
  • On the Balls, JT Classics, 2013
  • Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear, JT Classics, 2013
  • Do You Like Hospital Food, (6 song 12" mini album) JT Classics 2014

Compilations and live[edit]

  • Live & Loud & Skinhead, Damaged Goods Records, 2002
  • Where the Fuckin Mic - live at the Grosvenor 2005, Fat Punks Records (HSKIN01), 2009
  • We're the Fucking George JT Classics, 2011
  • We're the Fucking Business JT Classics, 2015


  1. ^ "HARD SKIN - Damaged Goods". Damagedgoods.com.
  2. ^ "Hard Skin: A Sly Eulogy to Oi!". Consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Scanner Zine". Scannerzine.com.
  4. ^ "Hard Skin - Same Meat Different Gravy". Punknews.org.
  5. ^ "Hard Skin – On The Balls/Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear". Thelineofbestfit.com.
  6. ^ "Hard Skin: Oi! meets girl..." Louderthanwar.com. 24 January 2013.

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