June 9 2011

While The Frames were touring Ireland this summer, they've been supported by Favourite Sons and at a number of the gigs both bands have performed 'Speed To My Side' as an encore.


September 19 2014

Medical Records release Shoulder Voices (MR-037) on 180g red vinyl.

"Medical Records is very proud to present the long overdue reissue of “Shoulder Voices”, the seminal 1993 debut LP released by Rollerskate Skinny. Originally released on Placebo Records, (a subsidiary of Beggars Banquet), it has been long out of print and rare to find on vinyl format." 


April 2011

Hot Press reports "Those lovely people at Low Rent Recordings are to give an Irish release on April 29 to The Great Deal Of Love, the second album by Favourite Sons whose leader is former Rollerskate Skinny man Ken Griffin."



Carlow band The Holy Roman Empire have recorded a cover version of "Speed To My Side" for their "Desecrations EP".

"Carlow-based duo The Holy Roman Army were responsible for the Desecrations EP, a collection of covers that brought new life to classics by Rollerskate Skinny and the Pixies."



Since splitting in 1997, all the Skinnies have remained in music. Frontman Ken Griffin moved to New York, released 1999’s Dead City Sunbeams as Kid Silver and formed Favourite Sons (with ex-MAGNET intern Matt Werth) in 2004. Guitarist Ger Griffin (no relation to Ken) and bassist Stephen Murray teamed up in Walker; Murray now leads the Radio, while Griffin records as Super Electric. Shields founded the Chicago-based Lotus Crown and, later, the NYC-based Wounded Knees.

March 2008

A third album from Rollerskate Skinny?

Ger Griffin: "There was great times, but we always argued. We should have went to group therapy, I’m not joking. But some of the gigs were amazing to be part of. I'm getting chills thinking about it. There is also a third unreleased RSS album. It’s really good. I’d love for people to hear it. The last chapter."



All of those involved with Rollerskate Skinny have gone on to other musical projects: Ken Griffin moved to New York City and formed the band Kid Silver, releasing the album "Dead City Sunbeams" in 1999. In 2004 Ken joined members of the former Philadelphia band, Aspera, to form his current band, Favourite Sons. Since Rollerskate Skinny, Ger and Steve worked on the project Walker. Stevie since started the band "Empire", now known as The Radio, which released its debut album in 2005 to positive reviews. Jimi Shields joined a Chicago-based band, Lotus Crown.


December 2006

Jimi Shields designing gardens in Galway. 


October 2006

Favourite Sons are spending a couple weeks with The Dears in the UK and Ireland. Catch them at the following shows:

10/17 Cork, UK @ Ireland
10/19 Nottingham, UK @ Club NME
10/20 Glasglow, Sct @ Oran Mor *
10/21 Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University *
10/23 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 *
10/24 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit *
10/25 Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller *
10/26 London, UK @ KOKO *

*with The Dears


September 2006

Favourite Sons release "Down Beside Your Beauty" on September 12 2006 on Vice Records. Check their MySpace page for some sample tracks.


September 2006

TUES 9/12/06

Live In Store at Sound Fix
110 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
FS play at 8 PM

THURS 9/14/06

Live In-Studio at KEXP
Cheryl Waters' Show
Air time: 12:00 PM PST

Live at Chop Suey
w/ Martian Memo To God & The Glasses
1325 E. Madison
Seattle, WA
Doors at 9 PM (FS play at 11:30 PM)

SAT 9/16/06

Live at Café Du Nord
w/ Barbara Steele & LoveLikeFire
2170 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
Doors at 8:30 PM (FS play at 10:20 PM)

MON 9/18/06

Live at Spaceland
w/ Sea Wolf, Tigers Can Bite You, The Watson Twins
1717 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Doors at 8.30 PM (FS play at 10 PM)

TUES 9/19/06

Live interview at KXLU
Air time: 1 pm

Live at Safari Sam's
Check Yo' Ponytail party
5214 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA
Doors at 9 PM


March 31 2006

CMJ: Zig-Zag Live Club Tour Kicks Off Next Week
Mar 31, 2006

The Zig-Zag Live Club Tour Spring 2006 kicks off next week April 3 in Boston with Art Brut, Ponys and the Rogers Sisters, then heads out to Austin with Asobi Seksu, Cloud Room, AM Syndicate and Experimental Aircraft. The tour makes its final stop in New York with Rogers Sisters, Art Brut and Favourite Sons. Tickets are still available for each show. Visit for venue and artist information.

Sign on to and enter to win a free T-shirt when you participate in the "Show Us Your Zig-Zag" photo contest. One photo per week will win. Visit for details.


October 2005

Ken Griffin's new band, Favourite Sons, have been gaining some attention in New York recently. They currently have a 4-song demo.

When You're Away From Me
No One Ever Dies Young
Things That We Do To Each Other
Always Be A Morning

Check out for more news.


September 2005

The Radio play on the Breakfast Show on Today FM, September 21 2005.


June 26 2005

Found an interview with Suzanne Thorpe talking about Wounded Knees and Jimi Shields.

"Her time on the road with Mercury Rev also opened the door to her current project, the Wounded Knees. “Wounded Knees is a collaboration with [former Rollerskate Skinny guitarist] Jimi Shields,” she explains. “We had met each other when Mercury Rev was opening for Jimi’s brother’s band, My Bloody Valentine, so we knew each other way back when.” The two were reacquainted when Shield’s post-Skinny band Lotus Crown opened for Mercury Rev several years later. “He told me he was working on some material [and] it turned out that . . . our ears were at the same place, our emotional states were at the same place, and we were just locked into a similar path. We were feeling pretty empathetic toward each other.”


May 2005

Khyber, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Sat., May 7, 2005 - 9PM, $10, (ages 21+)

Earlimart The reason it all works? Texture. Aaron Espinoza pays more attention to texture than just about anyone out there twiddling the proverbial knobs. I tend to fall for producers with signature tricks-- Jon Brion's glockenspiels and harmonia, Dave Fridmann's unique way with drums, Albini's ability to press the "rec" button-- but Espinoza's greatness is subtler. Every instrument on "Everyone Down Here" sounds warm, yet weird: hearing a simple tremolo on a guitar lick is, somehow, a revelation. Even the tape hiss that haunts the first and last several seconds of each song is somehow rendered pleasant, like a handful of sand oozing between your fingers.

Okkervil River "Singer-songwriter Will Sheff of…Okkervil River is ready for worldwide renown. His ambitious melancholy on…the group’s third album would be impressive enough with just soft strum and Sheff’s vaporous tenor. But Okkervil River aspire to bigger cinema: the Garth Hudson-style swell of Jonathan Meiburg’s keyboards, the psychedelic barstool soul of 'For the Enemy,' and, in 'It Ends with a Fall,' the mix of Sheff’s Ray Davies-like croon with the blooming gloom of the late American Music Club." - David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Favourite Sons Members of Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver, and Aspera Ad Astra

Kevin Devine

*Advanced tickets are also available at the bar.


March 11 2005

"Horsedrawn Wishes" was voted No.81 in Hot Press People's Choice Top 100 Irish albums of all-time.


February 2005

THE RADIO has been nominated for Meteor Award 2005.

They also won: Hot Press Polls No 2 Best Album and No 4 Promising band for 2005.


November 2004

Rollerskate Skinny's '"Horsedrawn Wishes" was voted #14 in Hot Press' Top 100 albums of all time.


November 30 2004

Don't miss The RADIO live in Dingle on December 13th recording for Other Voices 3.

And also: December 22 - The Radio in Eamon Doran's, Temple Bar, Dublin, doors 7PM.


October 8 2004

Don't miss The RADIO live this Friday Oct.8 in DUBLIN at the Temple Bar Music Centre.

This is an early show so get down on-time, get a good seat, enjoy Jimmy Behan and have a great night with The Radio. Links to buy tickets below.

LONDON show is lined up for November 2nd supporting Silver Sun along with Cork's Rulers Of The Planet. The Radio had to cancel the recent Manchester In The City show so this is their first U.K. show.

Fri 8th Oct
THE RADIO onstage at 9pm
Jimmy Behan 8pm
DUBLIN Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 6770647
Tickets: €10.00
Doors: 7.30pm

Tue 2nd Nov
Silver Sun 9.45
THE RADIO onstage at 9pm
Rulers Of The Planet 8.15pm
LONDON The Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
Ticket Line: 0870 9070999
Tickets: £6.00
Doors: 7.30pm

Click below for details to buy tickets online for The Radio, Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, Fri 8th October Tickets: €10.00

Click below for details to buy tickets online for The Radio, The
Barfly, London, Tue 2nd November Tickets: £6.00


September 26 2004

THIS SUNDAY - Mark and Steve M from THE RADIO will be appearing as co-presenters on (The Last Splash Today FM 8-10pm) along with host Alison Curtis this Sun 26th Sept. They join her during the last hour 9-10, tune in online at


September 2004

The Radio have three live shows are lined up:

MANCHESTER Rebos Sat 18th September
DUBLIN Temple Bar Music Centre Fri 8th October
LONDON The Barfly Club Tue 2nd November

To coincide with their In The City festival appearance in the
preceding days, The Radio will be featured on BBC 6 Music in session Tuesday 14th Sept between 7pm-9.30pm and their interview will be aired Friday 17th Sept 7pm-9.30pm.
Click on the link below to tune-in online.


August 2004

THE RADIO release their debut album "Kindness" featuring Stevie M.


July 19 2004

THE RADIO new single 'Remember Me Remember You'
is no. 1 in Alison Curtis Top Ten


June 1 2004

THE RADIO are the Rising Band this week on Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds on Today FM in Ireland.

Listen out for the new single’ "Remember Me Remember You"’ which will be hitting the Airwaves in July 2004.


April 2004

Press release:
"The band EMPIRE (now known as THE RADIO) have signed a deal for Ireland only with Reekus records and currently in negotiations with licensing companies for the rest of the World. They will have our new album released in May of this year in Ireland only and possibly the UK. The Radio have been championed by Alan McGee (Potones/Creation/Oasis) on his BBC Radio 1 show Dan Hegarty has been spreading the word via his 2FM radio show.

The band includes Stephen M (founding member of Rollerskate Skinny) Annie Tierney (formerly of Irish band THE CHICKS) and Mark Dennehy (former drummer with JOHNNY PYRO) some one of gigs for June /July including Dublin/London/New York."



In 2004 Ken joined members of the former Philadelphia band, Aspera, to form his current band, Favourite Sons.


August 2003

Empire play The Projects Arts Centre, Dublin as part of the Hard Working Class Heroes project.

Hot Press: "Needless to say, the event turned up plenty of unforgettable moments and uncut gems a go-go. From the moment Empire took to the stage as the opening act on the Sunday night with their adorable Flaming Lips-esque set (under the watchful gaze of Wallmark and the 66 Electric), everyone knew something special was beginning to unfold. In fact, the atmosphere at the event was akin to that at an unusually intimate music festival."


April 18 2002

"Former Rollerskate Skinny chap Jimi Sheilds makes a return to the recorded world this month with the release of two vinyl-only singles. ‘Sleep’ and ‘Food’ are split A-sides between Lotus Crown and The Lunar Rhythms, both of which Sheilds is involved with."

"Jimi (younger brother of My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields) formed Lotus Crown after leaving Rollerskate Skinny in the mid-90s. Lotus were initially a quartet, releasing one critically acclaimed album ‘Chokin’ On The Jokes’, and toured with both Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips."

"Since parting with Reprise records, Lotus Crown has slimmed down to just Jimi, who’s based in New York. After signing with the independent Merrimac label, Jimi plans to release a number of home recordings under the name Lotus Crown and with The Lunar Rhythms."

"Shields in currently on tour in the US with former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. “It's something that came up through Mike Johnson who played bass in Dinosaur Jr,” he explains. “Mike and I will be the guitar players. Mark's new album is fuckin' great, I love it, he's the real deal."."


March 2002

Rollerskate Skinny guitartist Stevie M has released an album called "Not Fully Realised" with his new project Empire.

They've recorded a video for one of the tracks 'Be Happy Be Safe''.

The album is nearly sold out of its initial run and the band are rumoured to be busy working on a follow up album.


December 2001

"Horsedrawn Wishes" features at no.49 in the Top 50 Irish albums compiled by listeners to Tom Dunne's radio programme.



* The latest addition to Kid Silver is Eric Murray formerly of Those Bleedin' Tulips and The Tulips.

* Rollerskate Skinny played with Nick Cave, The Beastie Boys and others on the second stage Lollapalooza '93.

* Jimi Shields (brother of My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields) left Rollerskate in 1994 and now plays in Lotus Crown.

* The other members of Rollerskate Skinny, Stephen Murray and Gerard Griffin are now in a band called Walker.

"Jimi Shields moved back to Chicago (he and Kevin are originally from the Windy City) and formed the short lived but very good Lotus Crown who only relesed one album, "Chokin' On the Jokes". You can score this (as well as the RS albums) easily at used bins, especially if you're in the NYC area. On the other hand, Ken Griffin shut down the RS camp and moved to NY where he begun his Kid Silver project. "Dead City Sunbeams" was his first release and yes, it is very good (lots of Brian Wilson/Flaming Lips studio trickery). He plays regularly in NYC."

- Novice EP (?, 1992)
- Trophy EP (Beggars Banquet,1993)
- Shoulder Voices (Beggars Banquet, 1994)
- Threshold EP (Beggars Banquet,1994)
- Horsedrawn Wishes (Warner Bros, 1996)

LOTUS CROWN (Jimi Shield's band)
- Alvar Aalto EP (Throw Rug, 1995)
- Chokin' On the Jokes (Reprise, 1997)

KID SILVER (Ken Griffin's solo project)
- Dead City Sunbeams (Jetset, 1999)


May 2000

Empire - Stephen M. solo project, New EP on London based Narwhal Records, release date May 2000.



"After several successful years fronting the Dublin-based agro-pop foursome Rollerskate Skinny, vocalist/guitarist Ken Griffin set his sights on a solo career. Taking the name Kid Silver, he inked a deal with Jetset Records in 1999 and released his solo debut, Dead City Sunbeams."


September 1999

Stevie M and Ger Griffin, ex-Rollerskate Skinny, have been in studio since 1997 working on several new projects. Operating under a working tilte of WALKER, their new album is due for release in 2000. Stevie M is also working on an individual project called EMPIRE.



Max Corradi, former drummer in Rollerskate Skinny joins Snowpony, with Katharine Gifford, former keyboardist in Stereolab and Deborah Googe, former bassist in My Bloody Valentine.

Corradi was then replaced by Kevin Bass, former drummer in Moonshake.


late 1995

Lotus Crown released their debut EP, Alvar Aalto (in honour of the influential Finnish architect of the same name) on Throwrug Records in late 1995.

Incessant word of mouth and an audible buzz from the Chicago underground resulted in a Reprise Records contract in early 1996, and Shields & Co. immediately sealed themselves in the studio, emerging only rarely over the next eight months for the occasional one off gig.



Jimi Shields leaves Rollerskate Skinny.


May 1993

Rollerskate Skinny recorded their first session for John Peel. Recorded on May 29 1993. Broadcast on July 3 and repeated on November 12 1993.

01. Bow Hitchhiker
02. Abba's Song
03. Violence To Violence



Rollerskate Skinny play support to The Fall in the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin.

Found this story online:
".. I remember one occasion when they supported The Fall in The Tivoli in 1993 that the lovely Ken took exception with the way a member of the audience was looking at him and physically threatened him after the set concluded." - Glitterbug Amour


November 1992

Mercury Rev "1992 Tour of Anglo-Saxony"
Nov. Fri 13, 1992 at Rock Garden in Dublin, Ireland Support Rollerskate Skinny
Nov. 14, 1992 at The Village in Cork, Ireland Support Rollerskate Skinny
Nov. 16, 1992 at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, UK
Nov. 18, 1992 at T.J.'s in Newport, UK Support Suck, Dig The Slowness
Nov. 19, 1992 at Wulfrum Hall in Wolverhampton, UK Support Rollerskate Skinny
Nov. 20, 1992 at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK Support Cranberries, Headliner House of Love