This Old Skin

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"This Old Skin"
This Old Skin The Beautiful South (Single) (2004).jpg
Single by The Beautiful South
from the album Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs
ReleasedDecember 2004 (UK)
FormatCD single
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray
The Beautiful South singles chronology
"Livin' Thing"
"This Old Skin"
"This Will Be Our Year"

"This Old Skin" is a song by The Beautiful South which appeared on their 2004 covers album, Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs, and was the second single released from the album.[1] It was purportedly written by Bobby Cristiansand and Barry Klein of the band The Heppelbaums, supposedly appearing on their album Hunt For The White Nightingale.[2] In fact, it was written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray of the Beautiful South. When performed live, the song was accompanied by a pastiche of a 1970s music documentary, with The Beautiful South appearing as The Heppelbaums.

The song appeared on the UK charts for 2 weeks, entering at #63 on 18 December 2004 and peaked at #43 the following week.[3]

The Beautiful South single comprised two CDs with the following tracks:


  1. "This Old Skin" (3:55)
  2. "Lipstick Traces" (3:18)


  1. "This Old Skin" (3:55)
  2. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (4:03)
  3. "Livin' Thing" (Video) (3:13)


  1. ^ (27 November 2004). The Beautiful South: This Old Skin, Music Week
  2. ^ The Heppelbaums, (website created by The Beautiful South), Retrieved August 19, 2011
  3. ^ This Old Skins, (Retrieved 19 August 2011)