Forgotten Treasure: Stiltskin – Inside

General Information

Band: Stiltskin

Album: The Mind’s Eye

Year: 1994

Length: 4:27

 

Lyrics

Swing low

In a dark glass hour

You turn and cower

See it turn to dust

Move on a sone dark night

We take to fight

Snowfall turns to rust

 

Seam in a fusing mine

Like a nursing rhyme

Fat man start to fall

Long year in a hostile place

I hear your face start to call

 

And if you think

That I’ve been losing my way

That’s because I’m slightly blinded

And if you think

That I don’t make too much sense

That’s because

I’m broken minded

 

Don’t keep it

Inside

If you believe it

Don’t keep it all inside

 

Strong words

In a ganges sky

I have to lie

Shadows move in pairs

Ring out from a bruised postcard

In the shooting yard

Looking through the tears

Out of the black slate time

We move in line

But never reach an end

 

Fall in a long stray town

As the ice comes round

River starts to bend

 

And if you think

That I’ve been losing my way

That’s because I’m slightly blinded

And if you think

That I don’t make too much sense

That’s because

I’m broken minded

 

Don’t keep it

Inside

If you believe it

Don’t keep it all inside

 

Questions

After some global searching it’s now time for the real investigation, the questions:

  • What is the history of Stiltskin?
    Stiltskin is a Scottish Rock band formed in 1989. Peter Lawlor and James Finnigan formed Stiltskin together, a short time later Ross McFarlane joined as well. They still needed a lead singer, so they organised auditions. Around fourty people attended for the role, but they didn’t found a good one. In 1993 they finally found a lead vocalist in the name of Ray Wilson. Wilson had been in a traffic accident and needed a lift, because he had a performance that evening. Stiltskin watched his performance and directly after it they offered him the position of vocalist. He accepted the offer.
    The original band members were: Ray Wilson (Lead singer), Peter Lawlor (guitar), James Finnigan (bass guitar and organ) Ross McFarlane (drums).
  • What happened with Stiltskin?
    For their second album James Finnigan was replaced by Aubrey Nunn (he worked with Faithless later in his career), but before completing this album they split completely.
    Lawlor works for Water Music Productions, McFarlane with The Proclaimers and is now drumming in Sharleen Spiteri’s new band. Wilson joined Genesis, recorded Calling All Stations and toured a year with the band, but because of the commercial failure of the album Wilson stepped out of it.
    Wilson gave Stiltskin a second beginning but without the former members. They made two new albums: She and Unfulfillment.
    The new members of Stiltskin: Ray Wilson (Lead singer), Ali Ferguson (Guitars and backing vocals), Ashley MacMillan (drums and Percusion), Lawrie Macmillan (bass and backing vocals), Filip Walcerz (keyboards) and Steve Wilson (Guitars and backing vocals).
  • What can we tell about Inside?
    Inside was the first single made by Stiltskin in 1994. It is original written for the advert Creek. This ad is from the company Levi which makes jeans. They only used the music for the ad, so without vocals. If you want to see the advert click here.
    Inside was a pretty big hit in 1994. It was high placed in the weekly charts in many countries. The peak was in the U.K. with a nr.1 place. In the following countries they has a top 10 place as well: Austria (2), Finland (7), France (9), Germany (5), Ireland (7), Italy (7), Netherlands (7), Norway (5), Poland (9), Sweden (4) and Switzerland (5).
  • Has Stiltskin (other) big hits?
    Inside is by far the biggest hit from Stiltskin. Their second single had a 37th place as peak. Inside was by far the biggest achievement from Stiltskin. They weren’t very successful after their comeback.
  • Was The Mind’s Eye successful?
    After their start with Inside they didn’t had any more. Though it’s noticeable that it’s album Mind’s Eye received a silver record in the U.K. and was sold in many countries in Europe. It’s the only album made with its original members.

 

Opinion

What’s our opinion about Inside?

Daniël

Opinion: The first 20 seconds of the song are quite boring, but after that it’s quite good. Although the end is quite boring as well.

Grade: 8

Add to personal playlist: No

Playlist: Favourite Songs

Timothy

Opinion: Except from the first 20 seconds it’s quite a good song. Instrumental and singing intensify each other, but after a minute of 3 most of the singing is gone and it starts to be a bit boring. The final part of the song could’ve been much better. But after all I really like it.

Grade: 8,2

Add to personal playlist: No

Playlist: Favourite Songs

Justin

Opinion: The start of the song is quite weird, but after that it immediately starts with a nice rhythm. Unfortunately the song stays a bit tedious after the first refrain. It sounds good, but it’s not spectacular.

Grade: 7,1

Add to personal playlist:  No

Playlist: Other Songs

Average: 7,8

 

Conclusion

When we look at our investigation you see enough points why Inside a Forgotten Treasure is.

When we look to the questions and especially to the charts you can see that Stiltskin, and later Wilson with Genesis, never made it in America. They were successful in Europe, but not on other continents.

Our opinions don’t differ a lot. Except about the first 20 seconds we are all positive about the first part of the song, but the second part is more boring. That’s a big problem of Stiltskin. Despite the first part of Inside they can’t make the difference in the second part, which is a problem with most of their songs.

After their comeback Stiltskin hasn’t had a hit. But they’re still active, so maybe they can surprise us in the future. But still, Inside will be a Forgotten Treasure.

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