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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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