Here's what All Music's Stephen Thomas Erlewine has to say:
The Skeletons never gained widespread recognition, yet they had a small cult of dedicated followers who made them a modestly popular roots-rock bands in the late '80s and '90s. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the Skeletons formed in 1979 as a touring band assembled by Steve Forbert. Following the tour, they decided to stay together, releasing their own records when they weren't touring either as their own entity or as a supporting group. In 1987 they released their first American album, Rockin' Bones. Over the next 10 years, they remained busy, particularly backing artists like Syd Straw and Dave Alvin, yet only released three other albums -- In the Flesh! (1988), Waiting (1992) and Nothin' to Lose (1997).
I've been trying to sell this record for a year. Good price. It's even on orange vinyl. No bites.
Over the weekend, as I prepped for an upcoming record show, I looked at it again. This time I noticed the drummer was Bobby Lloyd Hicks, a fave when he sits in with NRBQ. Upon further inspection, I noticed they were managed by my good friend Rich Nesin.
Time for a spin. Right?
DAMN! This record is killing me. Why didn't I get the memo?
"No longer for sale!"
-Worst record dealer ever
Check out their covers of Sonny & Cher up top and The Easybeats below, as well as The Skeletons original "Watch What You Say," all from the 1992 release "Waiting."
Oh, and why not...
...the always stunning, always killer...Syd Straw, backed by...you guessed it...THE SKELETONS!
And Bobby Lloyd Hicks? You kick ass. Drummers take note. I did, and that's why we have a Skeletons post today.