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Skunk Anansie

British alternative quartet Skunk Anansie played what their lead singer, Skin, called cl*t-rock -- an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage. Skin began singing in high school for a classmate's band after considering the offer for over a year. Six years after that band broke up, the members of Skunk Anansie (including bass player Cass, guitarist Ace, and drummer Robbie France, who was replaced by Mark Richardson on 1995) met one another by chance. Their name was taken from the West Indian folktales of Anansi the Spider-Man, with a slight change of spelling and "Skunk" added to make the name nastier.

The group played its first gig at London's Splash club in March 1994, subsequently taking six weeks to record its debut album, Paranoid and Sunburnt, at a "haunted house" outside the city. The band's first single, "Selling Jesus," was featured on the soundtrack of the film Strange Days; Stoosh followed in 1996, and three years later Skunk Anansie returned with Post Orgasmic Chill. They broke up in 2001, with Skin moving on to a solo career (releasing Fleshwounds in 2003 and Fake Chemical State in 2006). The group re-formed in early 2009, playing sold-out shows and recording three new tracks for a greatest-hits album, Smashes & Trashes. The reunion went so well that they decided to stick together and record a new album, Wonderlustre, released in the autumn of 2010. The track ‘You Saved Me’ from the album was used in Zac Synder’s 2011 movie Suckerpunch, as well as their remix of Bjork’s 'Army Of Me'. Former drummer Robbie Francis, sadly passed away in January 2011 of a ruptured aorta. The band released their fifth album Black Traffic in September 2012 and backed it with an extensive European tour. The first single from the album was ‘Sad, Sad, Sad’. ~ Steve Huey
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coledrlng
I'm a big fan. Luv u skin
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marlasmartwi n d o w s
sherrieakolb , I too saw SA open for Henry Rollins, and have to agree w/everything you said! SA totally just blew my hair back, I was just floored by Skin's onstage energy and raw emotion and incredible VOICE, above all!!! Amazing, amazing band.
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Soundgarden, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Elastica and Jack Off Jill would be more like it. (Can't think of a sixth)
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Strange list of similar artists. Garbage and the Cranberries are the only ones that even remotely resemble Skunk Anansie.
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Amazing group!!!
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The only people that can truly understand who is the reigning queen are the ones that listen to Skunk Anansie or Listened to Skin's solo or guest work. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!!!!! Noone can touch her.
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paula.ashe
greatest. vocalist. ever. LOVE SA!!!
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crap forgot to find out when it came out, gotta grab it now.
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I am with teh hchano!! Skin is a true artist what a voice! Her solo stuff was great too, and I wish there was a way to link to it. She did a track on the Princess and the Warrior I thought was hot.
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oh snap they are making a new album! Charlie Big Potato FTW!
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felicianalic i a
The group got back together in 2009, release a best of album,and went on tour in europe. They are now working on new material.
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Love me some Skunk Anansie. I was very sad to see them disband. Good stuff, worth the effort to find!
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Skin is, hands down, the best female vocalist on this planet imho... she is great. I am glad that they are reuniting, her solo stuff is great, but it was sad to see SA gone for a while...
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meshell589
what gordiep said....and could we possibly add a link to her solo stuff. The woman is supernatural .
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gordiep
Why not add Paranoid and Sunburnt (their most excellent first album) to the music genome project database??? WTF?
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Skin is so killer! I LOVE her! BEST female rock vocalist!
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sherrieakolb
I saw her open for Henry Rollins once ... and to be honest...as hot and amazing as Henry was...This Band Rocked THE HOUSE!!!!

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