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|Origin||Primrose Hill, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Rock, post-grunge, neo-progressive rock|
|Years active||1989–1996, 2005–present|
|Labels||White Water Records|
East West Records
Inside Out Music
|Past members||James Finnigan|
Stiltskin is a Scottish rock band, who first achieved widespread popularity in the mid-1990s. Stiltskin's longest-standing current member is frontman Ray Wilson. They are best known for their 1994 UK chart-topper, "Inside".
The band was formed by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Peter Lawlor and bassist/keyboardist James Finnigan in 1989, with drummer Ross McFarlane joining the duo shortly thereafter. Finnigan had previously worked with Hue and Cry, whilst Lawlor was returning from New York. Many people were auditioned for the role of lead singer including Naomi Cleaver, now a television presenter. In the region of forty people attended the various auditions at the Primrose Hill studios of Lawlor's company, Water Music Productions. A failure to find a suitable vocalist left the band on hold until 1993, when they came across vocalist Ray Wilson, who had been in a road traffic accident and required a lift to make the gig he was performing later that evening. After watching his performance, the band immediately offered him the position of vocalist. The completed band set to work on the music Lawlor had written for the British Levi's television advertisement, "Creek". The resulting single, "Inside" topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, but the band failed to produce further chart successes with the follow-up single "Footsteps" reaching No. 34. The Ambrosian Singers performed Lawlor's choir-like intro vocals to "Inside". All instruments on the band's hit "Inside" were played by Peter Lawlor; this was also the case on the album track "An Illusion". Lawlor and bass player James Finnigan worked together in various line-ups since the late 1980s, with Ross McFarlane on drums being drafted in later. The original line-up released only one album, The Mind's Eye, which achieved a silver record in the UK, and sold in decent quantities throughout Europe. The band made significant critical inroads in the US music scene, but little was to follow in the way of sales, though "Inside" reached No. 37 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.
Lawlor carried on running Water Music and writing and producing: he wrote the music for the BBC One 'Rhythm & Movement' idents and also the theme for their 2000 Olympic Games coverage, and the theme for the Premier League and FA Cup football matches shown on TV. Simultaneously, he worked as a city economist and academic economics lecturer. Since 2016, he has been the Chief Economist at the German Stock Exchange "Deutsche Boerse'.
Ray Wilson joined Genesis and recorded Calling All Stations with the band (released in 1997) and toured Europe the following year. In 1999 he formed Cut_. In 2002 he launched a solo career, followed by a Stiltskin "reunion" in 2005, which featured no original members except for Wilson himself and touring keyboardist Irvin Duguid (who later left the line-up).
The band released the album She in 2006. They toured Europe during 2006 and 2007, and a live album entitled Stiltskin Live, recorded on 25 October 2006, with material from this tour, was released in April 2007. In 2008, Stiltskin toured across Europe. A new Stiltskin album called Unfulfillment  was released in 2011.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|1994||The Mind's Eye
Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Live
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1994||"Inside"||40||2||23||9||5||7||7||5||20||4||5||1||The Mind's Eye|
|1995||"Rest In Peace"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||107|
|"Lemon Yellow Sun"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton
- "Ask us about: Music details". BBC News. 12 June 2007.
- "Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Live". Raywilson.net. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.