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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, Rovi
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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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kitkatnmor
My all time favorite band in the world...seco n d is combichrist
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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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depth
braincandyea r f u c k . . . .
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aronisink
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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Skinny Puppy is one of the foundations of Gothic and Industrial music. 'nuff said.
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yesterday i was talking to a friend and asked if they liked skinny puppy and they said who? do you mean sick puppy? WHAT THE HELL IS SICK PUPPY?
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Thanks Boys
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although i'm bummed ain't it dead yet? isn't here
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No one even comes close to Skinny Puppy. Best Industrial period. .
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Hand over the hanDover! Please? ='(
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Followed them thru all their albums in the 80's. Good times!
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Timeless Industrial!! ! Brings back memories.
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one of the most underrated industrial bands of our time
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This is some grand - hard - Rock & Roll
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Still kickin' but!
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Excellent in concert too
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