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Skin 'Em Up

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Skin 'Em Up is the debut album from the Scottish neo-rockabilly group The Shakin' Pyramids, released in 1981 by Cuba Libre, a subsidiary of Virgin Records. It reached no. 48 on the UK Albums Chart, and yielded a single in "Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll". The band released three EPs during 1981, two of which were led by tracks from the album: Take a Trip and Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll (the latter backed by single B-side "Alright Alnight" and two new tracks). The album has been described as an important release in the early 1980s rockabilly revival. Skin 'Em Up was recorded in only 50 hours. Producer Ali Mackenzie stated, "The Pyramids had more of an acoustic sound so we could knock the songs out pretty quickly. It was done dirt-cheap." Reception Melody Maker wrote, "As a debut album, Skin 'Em Up is confident, fast and fun." NME noted, "Although The Shakin' Pyramids don't twist the '50's forms into any startling directions, they do invest them with a great deal of spontaneity and fres
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