Stiltskin

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Stiltskin
Origin Primrose Hill, London, England
Genres Rock, post-grunge, neo-progressive rock [1]
Years active1994–1996, 2005–present
LabelsWhite Water Records
East West Records
Inside Out Music
Jaggy D
Members Ray Wilson
Ali Ferguson
Ashley MacMillan
Lawrie MacMillan
Filip Walcerz
Steve Wilson
Past membersJames Finnigan
Peter Lawlor
Ross McFarlane
Aubrey Nunn
Irvin Duguid
Uwe Metzler
Alvin Mills
Henrik Muller
Scott Spence
Nir Zidkyahu

Stiltskin are a Scottish rock band, who first achieved widespread popularity in the mid-1990s. Stiltskin are led by frontman Ray Wilson, the only constant member throughout the band's history. They are best known for their 1994 UK chart-topper, "Inside". [2]

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Career

The band was put together in 1994 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". The resulting single, "Inside" topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, [2] but the band failed to produce further matching chart success 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 , [2] 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 chart.

The original Stiltskin disbanded 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 continued to run Water Music, writing and producing many high-profile themes: he wrote all of the music for the BBC One 'Rhythm & Movement' idents and also the theme for the 2000 Olympic Games coverage, and the theme for Premier League and FA Cup football matches shown on TV. [4] Simultaneously, he worked as a city economist and academic economics lecturer, becoming 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 Singles Chart. He went on to join the band Texas in 2009, leaving in early 2019.

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.

In 2005, Wilson put a new band together under the name Stiltskin. Wilson himself and touring keyboardist Irvin Duguid (who later left the line-up) were the only members from the original line-up.

The new incarnation of Stiltskin 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.

Personnel

Members

Lineups

1994–19951995–19961996–20052005–2006
  • James Finnigan - bass guitars, keyboards
  • Peter Lawlor - guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, backing vocals
  • Ross McFarlane - drums, percussion
  • Ray Wilson - lead vocals
Touring musician
  • 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
2006–20102010–20112011–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

Timeline

Stiltskin

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak 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
10117636131317
2006 She
2011 Unfulfillment
  • Released: 9 September 2011
  • Label: Jaggy D
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download

Live albums

YearAlbum details
2007

Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Live

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

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
AUS AUT BEL FRA GER IRE NLD NOR NZL SWE SWI UK
1994"Inside"402239577520451The Mind's Eye
"Footsteps"263434
1995"Rest In Peace"92
2006"She"She
"Lemon Yellow Sun"

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