Scared to Dance

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

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


Anti-war themes are a recurring motif in the album. There are also a great deal of references in singer Richard Jobson's lyrics to the band's home region in Scotland.

Music and production

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.


The album was preceded by the single "Into the Valley", released on 16 February 1979, which reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Scared to Dance was released on 23 February, reaching No. 19 on the UK Albums Chart.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Smash Hits9/10[3]

Scared to Dance has been well received by critics. Ira Robbins of Trouser Press called the album "excellent [...] Using loud guitar and semi-martial drumming for its basis, Jobson's hearty singing sounds like an 18th century general leading his merry troops down from the hills into glorious battle."[4]


The song "The Saints Are Coming" was later covered by Green Day and U2 and released as a charity single, reaching #1 in several countries.

"Into the Valley" became popular as 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.

Scared To Dance is also the name of a club and gig night in London founded in 2009.[5]

Track listing

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

Side A
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
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


Additional personnel
Technical personnel


  1. 1 2 "Skids | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. Ogg, Alex. "Scared to Dance – The Skids : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. Starr, Red (8 March 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25.
  4. Robbins, Ira. " :: Skids". Trouser Press. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  5. Official Charts | Artist | Scared To Dance | Artist | Scared To Dance Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2 July 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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