on 24 February 2001
This 'best of' collection does have most of the best Skids songs on it. The raw power of the early tracks from "Scared to dance" are replaced by the more polished sound of "Days in Europa" and "Absolute Game". There are even two songs from the post-Adamson album,"Joy".
"Into the Valley" features on just about every punk collection ever thrown together and if you like that song then you will not be let down by the rest. There are too many good songs to single out but I personally like "Charade","Woman in winter", and "Charles".
This is a great collection for those who remember how jolly punk used to be before the leather and the skinheads killed it, a reminder of how good some of the post-punk pop really was,and, for all Big Country fans, this is where it began!
on 17 December 2006
Issued identically as "The Best of the Skids" and "Sweet Suburbia", this is the best Skids compilation you're going to find, with a strong selection of tracks from all four Skids albums and non-album singles. Unlike the earlier atttempt "Fanfare", it does not ignore the final album "Joy", though I wish the full epic version of "Iona" was included, rather than the truncated single edit. The one thing "Fanfare" did right, though, was include the hilarious live b-side "T.V. Stars". Those two changes aside, I would have created an anthology very much like this one. Devotees will of course prefer the full albums, especially the godlike "Days In Europa", but this is a great starting point.