One Minute Silence – I wear my skin (Starters for Ten #140) 10/10 (14)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #140: Top Ten Rock numbers: 190520

One Minute Silence – I wear my skin (2003)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Concluding the 14th – my top ten rock numbers – here’s I wear my skin from the One Minute Silence 2003 album ‘One lie fits all’

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
[7] Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
[8] Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
[9] Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks
[10] April 1-10: Top Ten Classic Rock tracks
[11] April 11-20: Top Ten ‘Ten Years After’ numbers
[12] April 12-30: Top Ten ‘Talking Heads’ tracks
[13] May 1-10: Top Ten Punk Anthems
[14] May 11-20: Top Ten Rock numbers
[15] May 21-30: Top Ten Boogie tracks


One Minute Silence – One lie fits all (Epic 2017 #194)

The Epic 2017 Project #194: 170713

One Minute Silence – Oner lie fits all (2003)

One Lie Fits All is the third album from One Minute Silence. It was released on 7 July 2003. Produced by John Leckie, it was the band’s last album before they announced their breakup in October 2003 and never enjoyed a supporting tour, unlike the two EP’s (Revolution and We Bounce – a two part single for “I Wear My Skin” was also released) which came during the anticipation for the album release.

The album was a marked progression from their previous rap metal style displayed on Available In All Colours (and to a lesser degree Buy Now… Saved Later which was quite similar in its toned down, more mellow vibe) the sound was much more refined and reflective in places. Although the album still had its epic tracks which the band were known for, especially live.

The album also gave One Minute Silence their highest charting single with ‘I Wear My Skin’ reaching number 44 in the UK charts.

One Minute Silence – I wear my skin (Leaping Ahead #76)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #76: 160316

[A song with a good video (2)]

I wear my skin like it’s not a problem
Or is it a problem for you?
My past writes the page I walk on

This is a perfect match of video to song. The lyrics, vocalist’s stoic ‘turning of face to the wind’, the vibrant, ethereal power of the tune, the dark brooding mass as Yap struggles against a suited crowd.

Read want you want into what’s being said here – I’m sure there are many variations. But to me, this is about having a voice and not being afraid to use it. It’s about being proud of who you are as an individual and not giving a toss about what anyone else thinks; it’s what’s inside that really matters, not outward appearance and, when all is said and done, that alone will hold up as the single truth.

Suffice to say, this is a favourite song of mine.

One Minute Silence (Rock A-Z part #57)

With influences from metal, hardcore punk and rap, London’s ‘One Minute Silence’ chose their name partly because they had to – an American band shared their origins name of ‘Near Death Experience – and partly as a parody of having a minute’s silence as a mark of respect when a notable person dies; the parody being that the ‘respect’ is often ‘displayed’ instead.

One Minute Silence is Yap on Vox, Massimo Flocco on guitar, Glen on bass and Martin Davies on drums. ‘I wear my skin’ is from the 2003 album ‘One lie fits all’.

Classic albums A-Z: One Minute Silence – One lie fits all (2003)



There are two reasons why ‘One Lie Fits All‘, the 1993 release from metal/rap/rockers ‘One Minute Silence’ gets my classic status. One is that I don’t have that many albums for bands whose name begins with ‘O’. The second, and singularly more important is down to the stunning third track – ‘I wear my skin’.

Everything about this track is brilliant; the way in which Yap’s vocals grab you when they kick in; the power of the lyrics; the slicing guitar work from Massy and the stunning imagery of the accompanying video. My mind’s already made up – enough to see this track feature in my all time top 10 (and that’s really something)! See what you think…

I wear my skin like it’s not a problem, but is it a problem for you? The past writes the page we walk on, today writes the past for…

Full track listing
  1. Fistful of nothing
  2. Revolution
  3. I wear my skin
  4. The way back
  5. We bounce
  6. You so much as move
  7. Price of the King’s ticket
  8. Into our own
  9. A song about
  10. The hill is a hole
  11. Representing the poor man
  • Yap (vocals)
  • Glen Diari (bass)
  • Msssy Fiocco (guitar)
  • Eddie Stratton (drums)

Alphabet tunes


Whilst my tribe take over the TV on Easter Sunday – thought I’d dust off a few tunes. So here’s a little random A-Z from my music collection:

  1. Joan Armatrading – My Myself I/Walk Under Ladders
  2. Sam Browne – Box
  3. Cry of Love – Brother
  4. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Laughter
  5. Elbow – Asleep in the back
  6. Free – All right now
  7. Al Green – Al
  8. The Hives – your new favourite band
  9. I am Kloot – Natural History
  10. Jethro Tull – Aqualung
  11. Kasabian (self titled)
  12. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  13. Mountain – Man’s World
  14. Nirvana – Never Mind
  15. One Minute Silence – One Lie fits all
  16. Cat Power – the Covers record
  17. Quantic Soul Orchestra – An announcement to answer
  18. Rage against the machine (self titled)
  19. Steely Dan – very best of
  20. Talking Heads – Once in a lifetime
  21. Underworld – Second toughest in the infants
  22. The VirginMarys – Cast the first stone
  23. Wishbone Ash – Argus
  24. XTC – Go 2
  25. Neil Young – After the goldrush
  26. ZZ Top – Antenna