In the Fall of 2009, I attended a secret meeting with The Skeptics. The boys were called together by Ol' Hole Heels (OHH) - the band's manager, for those of you new to this blog - to discuss their upcoming performance in conjunction with my documentary premiere during early 2010.
Much information regarding critical aspects of their style, writing techniques, and fashion sense were discussed that evening. After reviewing my footage, OHH deemed the subject matter discussed too sensitive for public consumption. He explained to me that it was due to his stringent control of the band's privacy that has kept them at the top of their game for the last twenty some years. According to OHH, critical band information in the hands of their competition would lead to losing their competitive edge. He had learned his lesson early on. During a 1985 show, the band was interviewed by the Frederick Post. In that interview their set strategy, of which included use of props and sophisticated dance moves, was revealed. An opening act utilized this information, forcing the boy's to quickly alter that night's performance, thus lessoning their show's impact on the crowd. This frustrated the boys and during one song, Dennis stopped playing his bass, sat down on the stage, and ate potato chips. Andy and Stephen quickly reacted and kept the song alive until Dennis rejoined them on the next song. OHH was not pleased. From that point on, all questions by the media went through him first.
The following very short clip was all OHH would allow me to post from the secret meeting. It does, however, provide fans with a rare behind the scenes look into their world. OHH said that when other information discussed that evening becomes antiquated, he will then consider releasing further footage.
For those wanting to learn more about this extraordinary band, check out the documentary, The Skeptics In A World Of Their Own. It can be found at Filmbaby.