Happy Birthday to Tim Sköld aka Thim Sköld – December 14, 1966!
Tim Sköld (born Thim Sköld) is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to producing solo work, has also collaborated with multiple musical groups including Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and Motionless in White.
Tim Sköld was born on December 14, 1966 in Skövde, a small city in Västergötland, Sweden. He grew up in Timmersdala, 21 kilometres northwest of Skövde. He has a sister named Linda. Sköld grew up in a very liberal setting as the son of a 15-year-old mother named Åse and a father trying to get by as a semi-professional drummer.
At age 11, Sköld joined a playback band (where the band mimes over recorded material). Sköld’s band would play for people at school meetings with Kiss, Bowie and Sweet songs playing on a cassette player.
Sköld first rented a bass guitar at age 12, and by the time he was 13, he was playing and singing in his first real band. Sköld later met guitarist Harry Cody at a New Year’s Eve party, and they formed a creative partnership which would last for many years to come. Their dream was to go to the US to be rock stars. At age 17, after 2 years of studying Process Engineering at a boarding school, Sköld moved into his own apartment and took a factory job making military equipment. A half-year later, he was drafted into the army. He brought his bass to the base and sneaked into the shower stalls to practice after everyone went to sleep. Sköld also kept rehearsing with Cody on the weekends, and once out of the army he took on many odd jobs including library assistant, Volvo employee and as a gardener at a bathhouse.
At age 19, Sköld and Cody talked a Swedish record company into allowing them to make a record, which they could use as a demo to reach the American market. Starting off as Shylock, their determination soon paid off in the form of Kingpin.
During the early 80’s, bassist Sköld and guitarist Cody formed the glam metal band Kingpin in their native Skövde, Sweden. They were inspired by the flamboyant hard rock bands flowing out of Los Angeles at the time, as well as UK acts such as Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Zodiac Mindwarp.
The band kicked off their career with a 7″ single titled “Shout It Out” (which hit #1 in Sweden) in 1987. They then drafted vocalist Zinny J. Zan and drummer Stixx Galore a short time later. Kingpin released their only Swedish album, Welcome to Bop City, the following year, and then moved to Los Angeles.
Signed by Cliff Cultreri at Relativity Records, Kingpin changed their name to Shotgun Messiah (due to a San Francisco-based band holding the rights to the name Kingpin), remixed and re-packaged Welcome To Bop City as a self-titled album, and released it as their international debut in 1989.
After having MTV smash hits such as “Don’t Care ‘Bout Nothin’” and “Shout It Out”, whilst the band was in progress of making a follow up to their debut self-titled album, Zan was let go. They hired a new bassist, Bobby Lycon, from New York City, and on Cody’s suggestion Tim Tim switched to lead vocals. At this time, Tim Tim, whose role was now frontman, went by the name Tim Skold. They released Second Coming in 1991, which was enthusiastically received by the media, and was their most successful album to date. Two singles were released from that album, “Heartbreak Blvd.” and “Living Without You”.
Shortly after, the band followed up with an E.P. entitled I Want More, which contained some punk covers along with re-recorded songs from their previous album I Want More, “Babylon” and an acoustic version of “Nobody’s Home”. Soon after this release, Shotgun Messiah were down to two original members, Sköld and Cody, seeing the departure of Stixx and Lycon.
Still under contract with Relativity Records, Sköld and Cody decided to go back to Sweden for the recording of the third Shotgun Messiah album, Violent New Breed, which leaned towards the industrial end of heavy metal. The album was released in 1993 and is now considered a cult classic due to the “before its time” incorporation of industrial influences. However, at the time of release it received mixed reviews and continued public indifference, which eventually convinced the two to end the band, leading Sköld to embark on his solo project, Skold.