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Were Skin-Deep a political band?

When Skin-Deep first started they were kids who had just witnessed Thatcher's Government kick the shit out of their town as the miners strike was just coming to an end. They were all well aware that they were working class but had no real political views recognised as such, probably the same as most teenagers.

What made the band 'political' was seeing Nazi Skins at gigs as well as the bad taste that the memories the Miners Strike had left.

Wayne and Mik both had black friends at school and nothing but contempt for racism. They were obviously drawn towards the left as they stood up against racism and Thatcher's Tories. The bands that they liked were all anti racist, such as Madness, The Specials, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Angelic Upstarts and later The Housemartins and Redskins. They took influences and learned from what these bands had to say.

The band were never members of any political party, although as they became more aware and mature, said in several interviews that they were left wing. But certainly not in the way that the Soviet Union was supposed to be.

Basically Skin-Deep were just working class kids trying to have fun and write music. They just happened to be part of the skinhead scene that was probably at that time 60-70% racist..

Racists? No. Commies? No. Just aware of being working class in the mid 1980's.

 

"Wearing badges was not enough, in days like those."

"It goes more than skin deep."