This time last year we were getting the first influx of US Skins, and I for one was promoting it like crazy. Even if at the time I was somewhat skeptical, as most UK Skins fans were, I still wanted this show so damn badly. And now that we know there will be no second season,  on the anniversary of the show’s premiere I thought it’d be nice to reminisce with one of the most important elements of Skins on any continent, music. Tracklist & ramblings under Read More, enjoy.

Titled ‘We are NOT Who YOU Thought We’d Be’, for a number of reasons, the main one being to express the irony I found in the show’s public scrutiny for sexual situations I didn’t deem much raunchier than those I’ve seen on an episode of Gossip Girl. For the rest of us, US Skins, was also a show that wasn’t what we though it’d be. Slated to blow us away, it shook little ground with those of us used to the outlandish and uncensored antics that come along with Skins.

Yet still, we mourned the loss of a show that while not completely blowing us away still managed to intrigue us with it’s story and it’s cast to keep us interested. US Skins was not necessarily spectacular in anyway, but that’s what I liked about it, it was subtle, if at times too much. Instead of the earthquake of amazing or disaster, which ever you were expecting, Skins gave us a tremor, a solid and constant tremor that gained more and more intensity as it drew on.

In a sense, I found Skins more enjoyable for what it didn’t bring than for what it did. After only a short time I stopped associating it with it’s predecessor all together. It had become a show with its own faults, its own triumphs and exclusively its own fan base. Were there things I would have liked to have happened, yes. Were there things I’d rather have not have occurred, most definitely, but that doesn’t change the fact that for what it did do, US Skins came through.

It didn’t desolate the morals among it’s loyal viewers or become the most dangerous television show in North America as it’s opposition would have you believe, no it was a decent albeit different teen aimed drama that  steadily grew ground and improved among itself until at the last minute you realized you really wanted it to continue. Alas, that did not happen, but to reminisce of another time when a show you either loved or hated made it’s way to your television screens Monday nights I give you this fanmix of 10 ten tracks that either make me think of US Skins or I feel would have been an excellent addiction to the second season soundtrack. Enjoy!

ETA: Mix is structured to fit each character from my own personal idea of what the season two episode order should have been: Cadie, Tea, Stanley, Abbud, Tony & Eura, Daisy, Michelle, Chris, Tony, Everyone.


  1. Rescue Song (RAC Remix) - Mr. Little Jeans
  2. Crack My Bones - The Shoes
  3. Kites - Geographer
  4. Novacane - Frank Ocean
  5. The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover) - Mr. Little Jeans
  6. Giving In - Saltillo
  7. Don’t Move - Phantogram
  8. A Pound of Flesh - Radical Face
  9. Lesson Learned - Ray LaMontagne
  10. Comeback Kid - Sleigh Bells

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