The Skinny Dippers

Bristol, Avon
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The Skinny Dippers are a 4 piece cover band based in Bristol in the West of England. We specialise in Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events and Pubs and Clubs playing good music from the 50's right up to modern pop classics. Disco, Dance, Pop, Rock, Soul, Rock'n'Roll and Country.

Many years ago, when moonlighting from Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant used to play low key gigs with a pick up band around Somerset and Gloucestershire under a variety of different assumed names. At The Crabapple in Clevedon, he used the name The Skinny Dippers, which was not lost on a young and impressionable musician called Andy Dipper.

The original line up of The Skinny Dippers formed around 1993 and comprised Steve - Guitar, Andy - Bass, Jon - Drums and Gary - Vocals. This line up played across the West until the Summer of 1995 when Gary left and Jon decided to give up playing drums.

Meanwhile, across town, Mike - Vocals and Paul - Keyboards/Bass were in a band with Darryl on Drums and Fudge,on Guitar. Here the hand of fate stepped into the arena, and at exactly the same time as Fudge left to go to college in London, Darryl bought Jon's Drum Kit via an ad in the paper. We found out that there were two half bands in town, we got together, two halves made a pint, and The Skinny Dippers mark II were born.

This line up played around half a dozen gigs before in true Spinal Tap fashion, Darryl mysteriously exploded live on stage at the Albert Hotel in Weston. Jon, who had been watching from the sidelines stepped immediately into the breach, bringing magic and mayhem with him. Many gigs later, in late 1997, Jon also exploded in the middle of a drum solo at the Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol, setting off the Fire Alarm and evacuating the Hotel in the process. A new drummer was recruited called Simon. Simon lasted only a few gigs before he too, spontaneously combusted on stage at Caldicot Castle during a wedding gig, again setting off the Fire Alarm and introducing South Wales Fire Service to the Party..

We advertised again for a Drummer, and the only person foolish enough to join us was Gerry, ex of Phil Lynotts Skid Row. Sparks flew nightly, and Gerry actually caught fire several times, but he did not explode, such was the quality of his playing and flame retardent underwear. Gerry lasted a remarkable 8 years with the band until a major operation slowed him down in the late Summer of 2005.

Roger is the current man behind the kit. Roger has also caught fire several times, but is kept alive by his bio-mechanical Zildjian survival suit and a love of strong real ale.

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    Set List/Services

    All Shook Up - Elvis
    Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
    C’mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
    Feeling Good - Nina Simone/Muse
    Jailhouse Rock - Elvis

    All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
    Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Beatles - Twist & Shout, She Loves You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Muse/Andy Williams
    Everytime You Walk In The Room - The Searchers
    Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
    How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye
    I Feelgood - James Brown
    It’s Not Unusual - Tom Jones
    Let’s Dance - Chris Montez
    Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
    Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
    Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
    Rolling Stones - Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, Jumpin Jack Flash
    Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
    You Can Leave Your Hat On / Land of 1000 Dances - Tom Jones / Otis Redding
    You Really Got Me - The Kinks

    Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby, Shangalang
    Burning Love – Elvis
    Crocodile Rock - Elton John
    Disco Inferno - The Trammps
    Glam Rock - Get It On / BlockBuster / Ballroom Blitz - T Rex / The Sweet
    Hotstuff - Donna Summer
    I am a Cider Drinker - The Wurzels
    Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
    My First My Last My Everything - Barry White
    Rocking All Over The World - Status Quo
    Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
    Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
    Tiger Feet - Mud
    Under The Moon Of Love - Showaddywaddy
    Waterloo - ABBA
    Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

    Set List Songs
    The Set List is always changing as we add new songs. Here are the current favourites.
    These are roughly ordered by decade. Click here to see them ordered by Song Title
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    Everybody Needs Somebody - The Blues Brothers
    500 Miles - The Proclaimers
    Gangsters - The Specials
    Gimme Some Lovin - The Blues Brothers
    I Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
    Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
    Mony Mony - Billy Idol
    One Step Beyond - Madness
    Oops Upside Your Head - The GAP Band
    Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    Respect - Erasure
    Shake Your Tail feather - The Blues Brothers
    Tainted Love - Soft Cell
    Town Called Malice - The Jam
    We Are Family - Le Freak - Chic
    West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
    With or Without You - U2
    Word Up - Cameo

    Angels - Robbie Williams
    Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks

    All These Things That I Have Done - The Killers
    Better Together - Jack Johnson
    Dakota - Stereophonics
    Everyday I Love You Less & Less - The Kaiser Chiefs
    Have A Nice Day - Stereophonics
    I Predict A Riot - The Kaiser Chiefs
    Mr Brightside - The Killers
    Poker Face - Lady GaGa
    Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
    Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
    Times Like These - The Foo Fighters
    Vertigo - U2

    Crazy - Knarls Barkley
    Forget You - Cee Lo Green
    Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
    Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
    Sing - Ed Sheerin
    Wake Me Up – Avicii

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