| Barbary Corsairs |
Dirty Sweet Rock'n'Roll
from the Wild West Coast of Australia
From 1999 through 2002, Paul Miles was the lead vocalist fronting the
hard rock band SkinInc. Although the band is no more, on this page you
can read the old Bio, download and listen to full MP3 versions of all
the songs that were released on CD (just click the song titles), and
even check out some video clips of the band rockin 'n' rollin.
Bio from 2001
Once every so often, a band
comes along that seems destined for success:
is a modern hard rocking band that grew up on the Wild West Coast of
Australia. This quintet's brand of Dirty Sweet Rock’n’Roll is injecting
a much-needed shot of loud and heavy rock into a music world saturated
with dreadlocked metalheads and disposable pop heroes. SkinInc.'s style
is a blend of radio-friendly hooks and melodies, with crunching
twin-guitar riffs. Coupled with a theatrical stage production and a
no-holds-barred attitude, crowds are quickly turning into fans.
Formed in the winter of
'99, SkinInc.’s sizzling debut performance in the heart of Perth's strip
broke a ticket sales record that had stood for over two years. For their
4th performance, SkinInc. rocked over 5,000 people at Claremont Speedway’s
World Series event (that included perhaps the heaviest version of
Australia's National Anthem
SkinInc.'s biggest performance
to date was at Australia's premier music event: the sold-out 35,000 W.A. leg of the Big Day Out
festival. National music TV personality Jabba wrote,
"SkinInc.'s set had to be seen to be believed … far out" in his online
review of the event... not bad for the band's 12th gig.
entertaining live shows feature intro music composed and produced by an
ARIA Award nominee. Visual dramatics provide eye-candy for punters,
including the turbo-charged smoking Drum Rod and the occasional
birthday-suit approach by skinsman Matt Franklin, as well as triple
fire-spits over the crowd by experienced lead guitarist, Stevie D.
the band is the charismatic Paul Miles, who recently won a prestigious
award for CD production excellence, and was also honoured to write the
liner notes in the double-Live album from a band that has sold over
40 million albums worldwide to date. Fans have drawn his resemblance
as a cocktail of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Doc Neeson. SkinInc.'s anthemic
choruses are rounded out by Corey Hodgetts on rhythm guitar, and the
pounding bass playing of Geoff Lewis.
A week after their first
performance, SkinInc. recorded 9 catchy and diverse tracks in the studio,
releasing 7 of them on their self-financed, independent debut EP Love
of which Australia's biggest free weekly magazine said is "a slick
release" and "lowdown dirty fun for the revhead in all of us." The CD
Launch drew sponsorship from good friend Jack Daniel's, The Tatt Shop,
ChaosMusic.com and Universal Music Australia. Fans could also purchase
a Limited Collectors Edition of the CD, that came complete with
signatures and a very piece of the bands own 'skin ink leftovers' for a
Reward for their explosive
beginning came when SkinInc. was chosen to help acknowledge the 20th
anniversary of the passing of AC/DC front man Bon Scott, who now rests
locally in Fremantle Cemetery. The band contributed their cover version
of the classic Touch Too Much for an internationally-distributed memorial
Hometown Tribute CD. On the strength of their version, GOH International
asked SkinInc. to return to the studio to record a track for their forthcoming
INXS Tribute CD, set to be released late in 2001.
While tracks from Love Me
Tomorrow continued to enjoy spins at radio across Australia and abroad,
as well as play at Australia's longest-running hard music club in Melbourne,
and a heap of MP3 downloads online from their strong Internet presence,
work progressed on a swag of new material. Instead of waiting for label
interest from afar as Belgium and The Netherlands to fully mature, SkinInc.
strutted on to self-record and produce their debut full-length independent
album Rose Coloured Glasses, released in the middle of 2001.
Not content with just serving
up 13 tracks of beautifully packaged, sing-along rock and raw emotion,
Rose Coloured Glasses also dishes up multimedia delights to enhance
the SkinInc. experience, including the full-length video clip to opening
track Diatribe as seen on music television across Australia.
Success is not simply a
matter of luck!
| Catalogue: SI-7546 462
recorded and fully-produced by SkinInc. In addition to the 13 audio
tracks, this Enhanced Compact Disc includes interactive content, featuring
the full-length video clip of Diatribe, photos and much more.
Released 23 June 2001
Produced & Engineered by Stevie D & SkinInc.
Recorded & Mixed at SLAM Studios - June to December 2000
Video by Kerrie Wilhusen at Aurora Productions
Diatribe | 2:55 | Music, Corey Hodgetts & Stevie D - Lyrics,
Corey Hodgetts & Paul Miles
Same Old Same | 3:40 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Committed A Crime | 4:18 | Music & Lyrics, Corey Hodgetts
Love Me Tomorrow (New Version) | 2:57 | Music, Stevie D
- Lyrics, Paul Miles
Idle Hero (I'll Never Give In) | 3:59 | Music, Geoff Lewis
- Lyrics, Paul Miles
I'll Be The Rocket (New Version) | 3:53 | Music &
Lyrics, Stevie D
Seven Needle Scratch | 3:27 | Music, Corey Hodgetts & Clint
Ackerman - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Under Your Spell | 5:00 | Music, Geoff Lewis - Lyrics, Paul
You Take It All (New Version) | 3:01 | Music & Lyrics,
Believer | 2:54 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Never Turn Away | 1:46 | Music & Lyrics, Corey Hodgetts
When You're Lonely | 3:38 | Music & Lyrics, Lino Del Roio,
Camillo Del Roio, Paul McCarthy | Original version by Boys
Swan Song | 3:50 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Live Intro Music | 0:53
Tribute (Various Artists) - Touch Too Much
Oracle Records, 2000 | Catalogue: GOH003CD
version on AC/DC's Highway To Hell album released August 1979 on Alberts
has been released to honour the 20th anniversary of the death of Bon
Scott, the greatest Australian rock legend ever. How fitting to see
twelve bands from his home town honouring their hero by contributing
their fave all time AC/DC track. This album manages to embody the spirit
Released 24 December
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Anthony Kitson at Pinnacle Recording Studio
Remastered by Dom Pasalaqua at Aqua Audio
Recorded 11 November 1999
Other artists: Kayjun,
Greenroom, Left Nut, FULL, Stoneface, Navarone, Wax Tadpole, Mutt, Black
Steel, Rawkus, Scott Arnold-Eyres
Touch Too Much | 4:36 | Music & Lyrics, Young, Young & Scott
Tribute (Various Artists) - Just Keep Walking
Oracle Records, 2001 | Catalogue: GOH005CD
13 October 1980, the debut album for INXS was released. Self titled,
the album lifted the band's second single Just Keep Walking in the same
month. The single reached a credible #38 on the Australian national
charts. INXS began an extensive tour of Australia's east coast, playing
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, often seven nights a week.
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered
by Adam Keane at Survival Studios
Recorded 29 July 2000
Other artists: Crawlspace,
SuperScope, Dr. F, Joob, Precious Stone, Matthew Delahunty, Splinta,
Thrust, Lloyd, Myrtle, Hazel Bionic
Just Keep Walking | 2:53 | Music & Lyrics, Andrew Farriss
Love Me Tomorrow
Debut EP, 2000 | Catalogue: SI04169
blistering self-financed, independent debut CD Love Me Tomorrow containing
7 tracks of powerhouse rock'n'roll.
Also released as a
Limited Collectors Edition including
your very own piece of the band (in the form of 'leftovers' from their
own personal skin inkings) plus CD signed by all members to complete
the personalised touch!
Released 8 April 2000
Produced by SkinInc. and ABK Engineered by Anthony B Kitson
Recorded & Mixed at Pinnacle Recording Studio - 17 October 1999
I'll Be The Rocket | 3:52 | Music & Lyrics, Stevie D
Only The Best | 3:29 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Love Me Tomorrow | 2:54 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
You Take It All | 2:53 | Music & Lyrics, Corey Hodgetts
| 2:22 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Corey Hodgetts
Keep On Movin' On | 2:54 | Music, Stevie D - Lyrics, Paul Miles
Whip It | 2:21 | Music & Lyrics, Bob Casale & Mark Mothersbaugh
| Original version by Devo
Ad for Love Me Tomorrow CD Launch | 0:33
Here is a bunch of SkinInc. videos for
you to watch, including live performances and promotional clips. Videos
will pop open in a new window (so make sure your browser allows pop-ups
from this website). Enjoy!
Perth Hardcore Punk
This was my first band, formed with some
mates early in 1987, the year after I finished High School.
The line-up was: Paul Miles (vocals),
Andrew Parry (guitar), Paul Majewski (guitar), Terry Mellor (bass), Jon
We were essentially a punk band, but
listened to a lot of metal as this was the days of hardcore 'crossover'
and this was evidenced in our music. We all generally dug the pirate
look and adopted elements of this theme for our image.
We started playing gigs with an aggressive
cover set of some of our favourite tracks at the time that included:
- Foreign Policy - Fear
- Freedom of Choice - Devo
- World War II - English Dogs
- We Can't Be Beaten - Rose Tattoo
- Action Woman - The Litter
- Price of Silence - Discharge
- Only Good For Conversation - Sixto
- Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
Our first gig was at The Stoned Crow
in Fremantle, Western Australia on Saturday 12 September 1987. We set
a new attendance record for the venue that night, as we headlined with
Stool Pigeons playing in support.
We quickly wrote our own songs that worked
themselves into our sets, like:
- The Trooper
- Satan's Decomposing
- Pirates From Hell
- Victim of the Sea
As we started listening to more thrash
metal, we played gigs in support of Cremator - Perth's premier speed
metal band of the day signed to Waterfront Records, playing venues such
as The Fitzgerald and The Beaufort Hotel (Lone Star).
Barbary Corsairs unfortunately fell apart,
before our original songs could be captured in a studio recording session.
Drummer Jon May was the only member to immediately continue playing
in bands. I would sometimes get on stage with Cremator and sing their
encore song: a cover version of United Forces by Stormtroopers of Death
(S.O.D). Cremator's drummer, Russell Hopkinson, has since earned success
with the ARIA award-winning You Am I.
Four years later, a compilation titled
Yuppify or Die: Perth Punk Compilation - 20 Bands (1983-1990)
was released. It featured three songs by Barbary Corsairs, recorded
live on stage and during a rehearsal. This cassette stayed at number
one on the Western Australia Independent Album Sales chart for some
weeks in February 1991.
Here is a shot of me belting out High
Voltage with Melbourne's premier AC/DC tribute band - Thunderstruck
- as I emceed an Australian promotional launch of the Thunderstruck
DVD movie at the Portland Hotel early in 2005.
Here is a shot of me helping out Toby
Rand during a Juke Kartel performance at an Ed Hardy clothing label
launch party on Chapel Street, Melbourne on 22 June 2007.
Getting up for a number with
all-female rock band Rocket Queen at the infamous Cherry bar in ACDC
Lane, Melbourne on 13 March 2010.
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