Hipsway

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s

Biography

Hipsway emerged in the mid-80s onto a Scottish pop scene that had enjoyed a high profile, both commercially and critically, with acts such as Orange Juice, the Associates, Simple Minds and Altered Images. It was ex-Altered Images bass player Johnny McElhone (21 April 1963, Glasgow, Scotland) who teamed up with guitarist Pim Jones, drummer Harry Travers and vocalist Graham Skinner (previously in the White Savages) around 1984. As Hipsway, the band secured a contract with Mercury Records who were impressed enough to promote strongly both ‘The Broken Years’ in June and the catchy ‘Ask The Lord’ later in 1985, although neither made much impact. However, the momentum led to a UK number 17 chart hit with their third single, ‘The Honeythief’, in February 1986, and in its wake came both Hipsway’s self-titled album and a reissue of ‘Ask The Lord’ in April. Unfortunately, Graham Skinner’s dramatic vocal style was the only...

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