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Years active  1984–present
Active until  1989
Labels  Mercury
Genres  Pop music, New wave
Hipsway httpsiscdncoimageb87649ec621e29385dba3521c8
Past members  Johnny McElhone Grahame Skinner Pim Jones Harry Travers Stephen Ferrera Gary Houston
Origin  Glasgow, United Kingdom (1984)
Albums  Scratch The Surface, Hipsway
Members  Grahame Skinner, Johnny McElhone, Harry Travers
Similar  Love and Money, Altered Images, Paul Staveley O'Duffy, Jazzateers, Texas

Hipsway were a Scottish pop/new wave band.


The band was formed in Glasgow in 1984 by ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass, and featuring Grahame Skinner (vocals), Pim Jones (guitar) and Harry Travers (drums). Skinner and Travers had been members of the band Kites with Paul McGrath and Ian McGreevy before Hipsway formed. Their music was characterized by Skinner's deep vocals and Jones' tight guitar playing. They were quickly signed up by Mercury Records and by 1985 had released their first, eponymously titled album. The album was a moderate success in the UK Albums Chart; while the single, "The Honeythief", made number 17 in the UK Singles Chart, and also reached the Top 20 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Another song from the album, "Tinder", became well known in Scotland as the soundtrack to a McEwan's Lager commercial.

However the band failed to build on its success; McElhone left to found Texas, and by the time the second album Scratch the Surface was recorded, Travers had also left (to be replaced by Stephen Ferrera). Released in 1989, the album was not as critically or commercially successful as its predecessor, and the band split up shortly afterwards.

Skinner and Jones subsequently went on to found the band Witness, releasing the album "House Called Love" (A&M), before Skinner joined former members of Glasgow peers Love and Money in the band, Cowboy Mouth.

Pim Jones later formed Big Yoga Muffin with Ange Dolittle, formerly of Eat, releasing one album Wherever You Go, There You Are (2000, The Echo Label).

In 2011, Grahame Skinner formed the band Skinner with Douglas MacIntyre (Love & Money, Cowboy Mouth and Sugartown), Gordon Wilson (Love & Money and Cowboy Mouth) and Andy Alston (Del Amitri).

In 2016 the band reformed to play two gigs at the Glasgow O2, ABC in November 2016 to support the re-release of their first album.


  • 1986: Hipsway - UK No. 42, U.S. No. 55
    1. "The Honeythief" (3:11)
    2. "Ask the Lord" (4:08)
    3. "Bad Thing Longing" (4:08)
    4. "Upon a Thread" (4:06)
    5. "Long White Car" (4:34)
    6. "The Broken Years" (3:14)
    7. "Tinder" (5:13)
    8. "Forbidden" (4:45)
    9. "Set This Day Apart" (5:06)
  • 1989: Scratch the Surface (reissued in 1997 as The Rest of Hipsway)
    1. "Show Me" (4:21)
    2. "Keepin' it Together" (3:57)
    3. "Your Love" (5:13)
    4. "Emerald" (4:56)
    5. "I'm Not Perfect" (4:16)
    6. "Handfuls of Dust" (5:45)
    7. "Something Special" (3:58)
    8. "Wrong About That" (4:06)
    9. "What Makes a Man Love a Woman So Bad?" (4:39)
    10. "Scratch the Surface" (7:29)
    11. "Solid Gone" (5:27)


  • 1985 "Broken Years" - UK No. 72
  • 1985 "Ask the Lord" - UK No. 72
  • 1986 "The Honeythief" - UK No. 17, U.S. No. 19
  • 1986 "Ask the Lord" (re-recording) - UK No. 50
  • 1986 "Long White Car" - UK No. 55
  • 1989 "Your Love" - UK No. 66
  • Songs

    The HoneythiefHipsway · 1986
    Ask The LordHipsway · 1986
    Long White CarHipsway · 1986


    Hipsway Wikipedia

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