Support for armed conflicts hit the Skids with this tune
While there is mostly respect for the military in America, there are those who don't always trust the motives of all our military actions and that sentiment is represented by The Skids and their post punk hit Working For The Yankee Dollar.
Working For The Yankee Dollar covers the cynical side of war as The Skids tackle Vietnam in verse one and WW II in verse two about how the young die, companies profit and the motives of war are questioned. The Skids hailed from Scotland and if their sound sounds a little "Big Countryish" it is no coincidence as Stuart Adamson, who sports a red headband in the video, was the guitar player for The Skids before quitting at the end of 1980 to form and lead Big Country.
Working For The Yankee Dollar was one of five Top 40 hits for The Skids in the U.K. reaching No. 20 on the charts . The song was originally released in late 1979, but the record company pulled its album Days Of Europa from stores when the noticed its album art was based on an '30s Olympic poster that celebrated Aryan Germans. Days of Europa was officially rereleased in 1980 with a benign new cover.
While Adamson struck gold with Big Country when In A Big Country became the toast of 1983, things ended badly for Adamson as he committed suicide in 2001.