Noah And The Whale - Waiting for My Chance to Come
An opening track for an opening montage, I quite like Noah and The whale, they make good solid pop songs. This is taken off their 2011 album Last Night on Earth, which is a lovely listen. There is a strong Bruce Springsteen influence on the album and who doesn’t love The Boss? You’ve probably heard L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N, yes it’s that tune doing the rounds on the radio at the moment. On with the show…
The Count & Sinden - After Dark
Count & Sinden are pretty darn sicc, Strange Things was an utter tune. A couple of their newer songs seem to have gone a different way; this is a perfect example of their shift in style. Pretty good effort, you should also check out Count & Sinden, Hold me (feat. Katy B), it’s damage. This is playing in the hairdressers when Rich gets his luscious head of hair butchered, out the window goes the Head and Shoulders contract.
Justin Bieber - Somebody to Love
I’m actually not a complete Bieber hater, like most. I can see the rock-and-roll streak he has hidden deep within his soul, I believe he’s gonna go one of two ways, both of which are respectable. First is the Freak Out or the secondly The Legend.
This comes in straight after the hairdressers when they bolt with the stolen booze. Who knew Bieber and Rich shared a hairdresser.
Jonquil - Lions
Oxford has been a musical haven for a while now and it finally seems like Jonquil might get the mass attention they deserve. They’ve been somewhat quietly releasing stuff for a while now, the Whistle Low EP is available to listen to on Spotify and is a fine piece of music.
The Jonquil boys, alongside neighbouring band Youth Movies (RIP), are independently putting out a lot of interesting music at the moment. It’s probably also worth checking out Vertical Montana’s the Oxford super group comprised of members of each band. We hear this as Grace puts her dress on.
The Jolly Boys - Passenger
The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Jamaica (mento is a form of Jamaican folk music, not a form of chewy mint). This is taken off the album Great Expectation which is an album of covers and Passenger is very much the standout track. Saying that, Golden Brown and I Fought the Law are two very close contenders. This is playing as we first see the lads dressed up to the nines.
Marc Vedo - Sunshine in My Life
Marc Vedo is a massive Portuguese DJ who’s been doing really well for himself of late. Boy George, yes Boy George, wrote some of this track, just goes to prove that when he’s not holding people prisoner he can write cracking tunes. It’s the track Nick is playing through his iPod docks as he bursts out of the van.
Phil Collins - You Can’t Hurry Love
Skins seem to have a bit of a Phil Collins fetish. Is this a good fetish to have? To be fair though, he is in fact pretty ace in an old school sort of way. It’s very 80s but the good shit. You can hear Phil’s influence on today’s bands such as Hurts, who ultimately fail to impress me as much as Phil but it’s nice to see them try. This is another one off Blood’s play list. This is the scene were Blood gobs a club sandwich onto David Cameron, what does that mean? Is this anti-Cameron? Yes.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Doomsday
Thank fuck this tune finally made it in the show. I love this song. The start of the track is very misleading to how the song evolves. It’s one of those tunes that is so full of celebration it’s hard not to listen to it over and over again. I encourage you all to get hold of this tune and blast it as loud as you can. This plays over the beer fight in the woods.
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
This is playing in the hippies’ car. Led Zeppelin are English music heritage pure and simple. This is their most famous tune but definitely not their greatest. My old man bought me Led Zeppelin 2, which is a stupidly good album, and from the moment I heard Living Loving Maid I fell in love with Led Zeppelin.
Jonquil - I Know I Don’t Know
Another wicked tune by this Oxford-based band. We hear this as Matty, Liv and Franky run into town. Anyone else got the feeling that Matty is trying to negotiate a three way?
The Vaccines - If You Wanna
This is by far the best Vaccines tune I’ve heard to date, I love the sentiment of the lyrics: "I don’t wanna wake up in the morning but I’ve got to face the day, that’s what all my friends I do not like as much as you say." Unfortunately you don’t get to hear any of the words this time round. The Vaccines are having a great year so far and long may it continue. Fair play lads. This is playing as Matty, Liv and Franky run away as they’re getting shot at by an old dear.
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Dire Straits are another classic band to feature in this episode and are legends. Romeo and Juliet is by far my favourite of theirs, in a good way it’s possibly the cheesiest song I’ve ever heard. This is another track playing in the hippies’ car when they’re talking dirty shit in code.
Matt & Kim - Daylight
Matt & Kim are an electro pop punk duo from Brooklyn whose music just screams "YOUTH!!" This is taken off the superb 2009 album Grand. My personal favourite from this album is Lessons Learned, check out the inspiring video here.
Matt & Kim have recently released a third album, Sidewalks which again is crammed with some of the finest modern pop songs you will ever hear. This track comes in as Alo and Nick arrive at the church.
Over the Wall - Shifts
The finest band from Scotland you are yet to hear. Think Arab Strap but with smiles on their faces and with multiple instruments and the ability to play them all at once. Playing trumpet and keyboard with one set of hands is an underestimated party trick.
Over The Wall is one of many great bands on criminally under exposed DIY label, Motive Sound Recordings. Go pay them some attention. You can pickup some of their releases for £1. DEAL! Over the Wall are setting off on a mammoth tour soon so be sure to catch them, they'll put a smile on your face and hairs on your chest. We are testament to this; we now all resemble smiley yeti people here at Skins HQ.
This track comes in just after Alo senses merriment afoot. A fine use of a fine track and here’s one more.
Egyptian Hip Hop - Radd Pit
Egyptian Hip Hop are a pretty darn cool band and are possibly one of the most buzzed about NME bands from last year. I think they gave this track away for free initially. What a lovely bunch. Looking forward to hearing the debut album, what do you think the chances of getting that for free are? This is playing in the tent at the party they find.
Dog is Dead - Glockenspiel Song
Neil Duncan aka Skins big dawg witnessed a Dog is Dead live show and immediately thought they’d be perfect for Skins - he wasn’t wrong. Massive thank you to the band for featuring in the show and graciously playing us out of Series 5. I expect Dog is Dead to explode in the near future, explode in a good way not in a gooey messy way.
Well, it’s been an absolute pleasure working on Skins 5; it’s brilliant brave television that I’m proud to be part of.
P.S. Can we collectively bring this back over the summer?
Kyle……… XTo the Spotify list