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Skinny Puppy

Drawing from the pioneering work of artists like Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and Suicide, the dark avant-industrial group Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally a duo comprised of former Images in Vogue drummer cEvin Key (born Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (aka Kevin Ogilvie), Skinny Puppy followed their debut cassette, Back and Forth, with the EP Remission, the first of many recordings with producer David "Rave" Ogilvie, in 1984.

Keyboardist Wilhelm Schroeder joined the group for 1985's full-length debut, Bites, but was replaced the next year by Dwayne Goettel, whose sampling and synth work proved significant in the development of the Skinny Puppy aesthetic from ominous dance music into a distinct fusion of industrial, goth, and electronic sounds. Subsequent releases like 1986's Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, 1987's Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate, and 1988's VIVIsectVI further honed the trio's style, as well as introducing the outspoken lyrical agenda that remained a thematic constant throughout much of the group's work.

In 1989, Ministry's Al Jourgensen added vocals, guitars, and production work to Rabies; later, he joined Ogre in the side project Pigface. Ultimately, the members' interest in pursuing similar outside projects began to unravel Skinny Puppy: in 1987, Key and Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots recorded the album Their Eyes Slowly Burning under the name Tear Garden, and in 1990, he and friend Alan Nelson worked as Hilt. A major rift began splitting the band apart, and Key and Goettel often sided against Ogre, whom they felt was more interested in pursuing solo work than in keeping the trio intact; drugs had also become a serious problem, but Skinny Puppy nonetheless signed to American Recordings in 1993 and relocated to Los Angeles to begin production work.

The sessions for the album, titled The Process, proved disastrous; for the first time in nearly a decade, David Ogilvie did not oversee production duties, and the group went through several producers, including former Swan Roli Mosimann and Martin Atkins. Flooding and earthquakes further hampered the sessions, and Key was severely injured in a film shoot. After months of recording, Key and Goettel, dissatisfied with Atkins' work, absconded with the master tapes and returned to Vancouver in mid-1994 to finish production. Ogre remained in California, and later announced he was leaving Skinny Puppy to form W.E.L.T. A few months later, on August 23, 1995, Goettel was found dead of a heroin overdose in his parents' home; in his honor, Key and Ogilvie finally completed the album, and The Process was released in 1996. A multimedia history of the band, Brap: Back and Forth, Series 3 & 4, followed a few months later, while Key returned to his new project, Download. Released in 1998, Remix Dys Temper featured Skinny Puppy reworkings by Autechre, Neotropic, and Adrian Sherwood in addition to industrial groups like KMFDM and God Lives Underwater.

By 2000, the word was out that Key and Ogre had buried the hatchet, reactivated Skinny Puppy, and recording was underway. A 1994 jam between Skinny Puppy and Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV member Genesis P-Orridge was released under the title Puppy Gristle in 2002 on Key's subCON label. The SPV label (which had long been the distributor of the band's albums in Europe) signed the band in late 2003. Skinny Puppy's Greater Wrong of the Right hit the streets in 2004 with members of Tool, Collide, and Static-X making guest appearances. Two more studio albums, 2007's Mythmaker and 2011's Handover, followed before the release of 2012's live album Bootlegged, Broke and in Solvent Seas. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Weapon

1. Wornin'

2. Illisit

3. Salvo

4. Glowbel

5. Solvent

6. Paragun

7. Survivalisto

8. Tsudanama

9. Plasicage

10. Terminal

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Track List: Bootlegged, Broke And In Solvent Seas

1. Prelude (Live In Warsaw)

2. Rodent (Live In Warsaw)

3. Deadlines (Live In Bratislava)

4. Dogshit (Live In Warsaw)

5. Addiction (Live In Bratislava)

7. Worlock (Live In Hildesheim)

8. Morpheus Laughing (Live In Warsaw)

10. Shore Lined Poison (Live In Budapest)

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Track List: Handover

1. Ovirt

2. Cullorblind

3. Wavy

4. Ashas

5. Gambatte

6. Icktums

7. Point

8. Brownstone

9. Vyrisus

10. Village

11. Noisex

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Track List: Mythmaker

1. Magnifishit

2. Dal

3. Haze

4. Pedafly

5. Jaher

6. Politikil

7. Lestiduz

8. Pasturn

9. Ambiantz

10. Ugli

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Track List: The Greater Wrong Of The Right

1. I'mmortal

2. Pro-test

3. EmpTe

4. Neuwerld

5. Ghostman

6. dOwnsizer

7. Past Present

8. Use Less

9. Goneja

10. DaddyuWarbash

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Track List: Brap

Disc 1

1. Jackhammer

2. Splasher

3. Double Cross

4. Yo Yo Scrape

5. Carry

6. Guilty

7. The Soul That Creates

8. Brap

9. Sparkless

10. Dead Doll

11. Deadlines

12. Last Call

Disc 2

3. Reclamation

4. Spasmolytic

5. Grave Wisdom

6. Tin Omen

8. Convulsion

9. Nature's Revenge

10. Love In Vein

11. TFWO

13. Choralone

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Track List: Doomsday

2. Love In Vein

3. Inquisition (Live)

4. Convulsion

5. Worlock

6. Grave Wisdom

7. Killing Game

8. Social Deception

10. Testure

11. Dig It

12. Tin Omen

13. Harsh Stone White

14. The Choke

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Track List: The Singles Collect

1. Testure

2. Worlocked

3. Dig It

4. Censor

5. Assimilate

6. Stairs And Flowers

7. Inquisition

8. Spasmolytic

9. Tin Omen

10. Tormentor

11. Addiction

12. Deep Down Trauma Hounds

13. Killing Game

14. Smothered Hope

15. Far Too Frail

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Track List: The Process

1. Jahya

2. Death

3. Candle

4. Hardset Head

5. Cult

6. Process

7. Curcible

8. Blue Serge

9. Morter

10. Amnesia

11. Cellar Heat

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Track List: Last Rights

1. Love In Vein

2. Killing Game

3. Knowhere

4. Mirror Saw

5. Inquisition

7. Riverz End

8. Lust Chance

9. Circustance

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Track List: Back And Forth Series Two

2. Sleeping Beast

4. Monster Radio Man

5. Quiet Solitude

6. The Pit

8. Unovis On A Stick

9. To A Baser Nature

10. A.M./ Meat Flavour

11. My Voice Sounds Like S**t

15. Edge Of Insanity

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Track List: Too Dark Park

1. Convulsion

2. Tormentor

3. Spasmolytic

4. Rash Reflection

5. Nature's Revenge

6. Shore Lined Poison

7. Grave Wisdom

8. Tfwo

9. Morpheus Laughing

10. Reclamation

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Track List: Rabies

1. Rodent

2. Hexonxonx

3. Two Time Grime

4. Fascist Jock Itch

5. Worlock

6. Rain

7. Tin Omen

8. Rivers

9. Choralone

10. Amputate

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Track List: Ain't It Dead Yet?

1. Intro

2. Anger

3. The Choke

4. Addiction

5. Assimilate

6. First Aid

7. Dig It

8. One Time One Place

9. Deep Down Trauma Hounds

10. Chainsaw

11. Brap

12. Smothered Hope

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Track List: VivisectVI

2. VX Gas Attack

3. Harsh Stone White

4. Human Disease (S.K.U.M.M)

5. Who's Laughing Now

6. Testure

7. State Aid

8. Hospital Waste

9. Fritter (Stella's Home)

10. Yes He Ran

11. Punk In Park Zoo's

12. The Second Opinion

13. Funguss

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Track List: Cleanse Fold And Manipulate

1. First Aid

2. Addiction

3. Shadowcast

4. Draining Faces

5. The Mourn

6. Second Tooth

7. Tear Or Beat

8. Deep Down Trauma Hounds

9. Anger

10. Epilogue

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Track List: Mind - The Perpetual Intercourse

1. One Time One Place

2. Gods Gift (Maggot)

3. Three Blind Mice

4. Love

5. Stairs And Flowers

6. Antagonism

7. 200 Years

8. Dig It

9. Burnt With Water

10. Chainsaw

11. Addiction

12. Stairs And Flowers Too Far Gone

13. Deep Down Trama Hounds Remix

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Track List: Bites

1. Assimilate

2. Blood On The Wall

3. Deadlines

4. Church

5. Icebreaker

6. Tomorrow

7. Dead Doll

8. Film

9. Love

10. The Choke

11. Social Deception

12. Christianity

13. Basement

14. Last Call

15. Falling

16. The Centre Bullet

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Track List: Remission

1. Smothered Hope

2. Glass Houses

3. Incision

4. Far Too Frail

5. Film

6. Manwhole

7. Icebreaker

8. Solvent

9. Sleeping Beast

10. Glass Out

11. Brap

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Serial killer music . luv it
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In what world is Nine Inch Nails industrial
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Not to be a stickler for typos, but the first Tear Garden album is called "Tired Eyes Slowly Burning" not "Their Eyes Slowly a Burning".
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amycar76
SP is a cultivation of intellect and forward-thin k i n g . It is empathetic anger in a dark metaphoric language that some minds can't handle or understand. There are many albums I had to listen to a few times before I understood. Each album was so different in terms of lyrics, music, synth, bass, industrial, samples, etc. There is no comparing this group to any other...they stand alone. Their raw lyrics alone dealing with addiction, politics from war to vivisection, etc is admirable.
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So awesome. Changed my view of what constitutes music and performance.
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They can never be labeled as any type of music. They influenced me, many bands, and the goth movement. Only respect and admiration.
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Rabies got me through 1989 -F**kin' year!
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ugh teacher b*tchen some more at my friends and at me for my music grr
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Saw them in concert in Orlando in the 80's been a fan ever since
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Saw them in concert in Orlando in the 80's been a fan ever since, my ex-gf even dated Kevin a few years later, still a fan.
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ryansmith312 1 5
F**king love oghr !!!!
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One hella of a band.. Bad a** live.. One of the true original seeds.
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Just saw these guys in Atlanta. One HELL OF A SHOW. Even in 2014, Ogre's still got it.
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Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly are touring together now. The tour started Friday in Toronto
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ewalt3r
I find this oddly enthralling I like it
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bluhoneyband
Skinny Puppy is insane! I love this band, right up there with KISSING IN GRAVEYARDS
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Well said freelanderdm . I'm a huge ministry and revolting c**ks fan side but that could not be more true coming from what we know of today as the best industrial or the real classic sound that Skinny Puppy definitely stayed true to. I think that's why they're just the best. I love weapon also. just amazing to watch Ogre sometimes, he is truly the man when it comes to performing live hands down.
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You are completely out of your mind b! But you obviously can't handle the incredibly awesome complexity& often ferocious sounds of the best genre of music which is Industrial, which has always had at the pinnacle of the medium, Skinny Puppy ruling over it all! Some people (most) just aren't as genetically advanced as others, obviously.
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This is the height of stupid music. . Awful.. and I love bad music.. This is just stupid s**t method heads jack off too
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I have to admit I'm kind of scared...
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Who do you contact for a flaw in a band's bio? It's true that Ogre participated in Pigface, but Al Jourgenson never did.
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The best industrial act I've seen was The Revolting C**ks.. open for Ministry..
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Rarely they tour.. it's hard to catch up with them
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very jealous of the people who got to see this tour they're. I missed the alt date.. f**king sucked, who wouldn't want to go with me to see Skinny Puppy, right..
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Saw them Valentines Day 2014, Webster Hall 2014!
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My all time favorite band in the world...seco n d is combichrist
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Gillian Anderson's favorite band....<3 :D
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Rabies with Jourgenson not my favorite but from 85 thru 95 the collaberatio n s with SP and Ministry etc created some of the greatest noise ever to assault your ears and sensibilitie s . And for the obsessive obnoxious pissed off lovers of excessive behavior and pervisity it was a beautiful timeI . SP cannot be labeled or explained they truly were"GODS GIFT""MAGGOT S . What is emo? Some disorder?
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Skinny Puppy can get people into grotesque electronic music, but they can also make every other grotesque electronic band seem tame or immature.
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Skinny Puppy will always be a favorite of mine. I'm old and have been listening to them since the late 80's. They've gotten me through some rough times, and I'll be forever grateful to them for that.
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OI have rocked SP since 1984 and they have not fallen by the wayside. Great to asee them live and their new album is GREAt!! Kind of like Bites&Remiss i o n ! Not many bands can say they have been around this long!!
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They're advocates for animal rights and environmenta l protection Mr. emo hater. And btw they were tough before emo or you were ever born :)
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SP is my favorite of all favorites! Industrial to the core, hope to see them again someday...
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Great song esp when it was in Silence of the lambs.
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Who thinks SP is emo?!? Tell them to get a life! AND a clue!
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Idiot who thinks sp is emo! F**k you!
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Where's Too Dark Park and 2013's Weapon?
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Hay gais hurri up n gaht WEAPON on heur?!
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Ha ha-- EMO my a**! They are as hard and industrial as you can get.
Great live too...
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viciousvixen 1 3 2 2
Industrial pioneers! Love this!
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Music you'd dance to after beating up an emo kid
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SP is not emo!!!
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F*ck Emio Crap!!!
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Actually, it was the Doomsday festival followed by the song Optimissed, contracted for the movie Underworld that were responsible for them getting back together, rather than their 'burying the hatchet' as the article claims. Key and Ogre were hardly talking until asked to play at Doomsday. They asked for an astounding sum of money, and the promoter called their bluff, paying them what they asked. This convinced them to reunite and start brapping again...
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melissa.mars h a l l . d e n v e r
I agree... HUGE Puppy fan....
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dreamsinthel o w l i g h t s
They need to fill up on Too Dark Park and Last Rights because I rarely hear any album cuts with Pandora. Both records in their entirety should be playable on this station.
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braincandyea r f u c k . . . .
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TRUE PIONEERS NUFF SAID
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lillyjo746
sp will always be around
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@jordanyoung 1 7 : Skinny Puppy was gothic before they even came out with the word EMO! It's in a separate class entirely. Today's emo is tight jeans wearing, Hot Topic people who are just misunderstoo d . Not trashing EMO peeps at all, just saying that SP was goth before the EMO trend came about.
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