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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".

Stiltskin
OriginPrimrose Hill, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active
  • 1989–1996
  • 2005–present
Labels
Members
Past members

CareerEdit

The band was formed by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Peter Lawlor to front the record he had made of the music he had written for the British Levi's television advertisement, "Creek".[2] 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". 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.

Stiltskin originally split up in 1996, during the recording of their uncompleted second album, for which James Finnigan had been replaced on bass by Aubrey Nunn, who later worked with Faithless.[3]

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.[4] 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'.

McFarlane went on to work with The Proclaimers and achieved another number one in the UK charts. He is now drumming in Sharleen Spiteri's new band.

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 [5] was released in 2011.

PersonnelEdit

MembersEdit

LineupsEdit

  • James Finnigan - bass guitars, keyboards
  • Peter Lawlor - guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, backing vocals
  • Ross McFarlane - drums, percussion
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals
Touring musician
1995–1996 1996–2005 2005–2006
  • Peter Lawlor - guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, backing vocals
  • Ross McFarlane - drums, percussion
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals
  • Aubrey Nunn - bass guitars

Disbanded

  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals, guitars
  • Irvin Duguid - keyboards
  • Uwe Metzler - guitars
  • Alvin Mills - bass guitars
  • Henrik Muller - drums, percussion
  • Scott Spence - guitars
  • Nir Zidkyahu - drums, percussion
2006–2010 2010–2011 2011–present
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals, guitars
  • Uwe Metzler - guitars
  • Ali Ferguson - guitars, backing vocals
  • Ashley MacMillan - drums, percussion
  • Lawrie MacMillan - bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals, guitars
  • Uwe Metzler - guitars
  • Ali Ferguson - guitars, backing vocals
  • Ashley MacMillan - drums, percussion
  • Lawrie MacMillan - bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Filip Walcerz - keyboards
  • Steve Wilson - guitars, backing vocals
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals, guitars
  • Ali Ferguson - guitars, backing vocals
  • Ashley MacMillan - drums, percussion
  • Lawrie MacMillan - bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Filip Walcerz - keyboards
  • Steve Wilson - guitars, backing vocals

TimelineEdit

 

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
AUT GER NLD NZL SWE SWI UK
1994 The Mind's Eye
  • Released: 17 October 1994
  • Label: White Water Records (UK)
    East West Records (US)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
10 11 76 36 13 13 17
2006 She
2011 Unfulfillment
  • Released: 9 September 2011
  • Label: Jaggy D
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download

Live albumsEdit

Year Album details
2007

Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Live

  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUS AUT BEL FRA GER IRE NLD NOR NZL SWE SWI UK
1994 "Inside" 40 2 23 9 5 7 7 5 20 4 5 1 The Mind's Eye
"Footsteps" 26 34 34
1995 "Rest In Peace" 107
2006 "She" She
"Lemon Yellow Sun"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/calling-all-stations-mw0000026641
  2. ^ Directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton
  3. ^ http://www.faithlessuk.co.uk/aubrey.php
  4. ^ "Ask us about: Music details". BBC News. 12 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Live". Raywilson.net. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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