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United States (1982 – present)

There are at least five artists who have performed or recorded under the Skeleton Crew moniker, including:

1. A 1980s experimental rock and jazz act from the USA,
2. An alias for UK techno producer Paul Hazel,
3. A 1990s hard rock/metal act from the USA, and
4. A psychobilly band from Dublin, Ireland.
5. An English Folk Group playing Medieaval music.

1. Skeleton Crew was a United States and group from 1982 to 1986, comprising core members Fred Frith (guitar) and Tom Cora (cello), with Zeena Parkins (harp) joining later. Best known for their live performances where they played various instruments simultaneously, they also recorded two studio albums Learn to Talk (1984) and The Country of Blinds (1986).

The group originally began in 1982 as an unnamed quartet, but before their first performance, two of the band members suffered collapsed lungs within two weeks of each other, leaving ex-Henry Cow guitarist Fred Frith and improvisational cellist Tom Cora from Curlew with the choice of continuing or abandoning the project.

They chose to continue, agreeing to play all the instruments on stage themselves. Frith played guitar, violin, keyboards, bass drum and hi-hat while Cora played cello, bass guitar, homemade drums and other contraptions enabling him to play instruments with his feet.


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  • TeenageRiot-

    V I'm not so sure. I mean he has been involved with so many projects over the years. Learn To Talk / The Country Of Blinds is probably the best work he has done post Henry Cow and Art Bears though.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • furs_of1

    best project of Frith

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • dadajoal

    Learn To Talk / The Country Of Blinds is Skeleton Crew

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Agreeing with the agreeing. Avant Garde enough for my snobby side, but really poppy/humorous at the same time. Super clever lyrics, really strong composition and improvisation. I still need to listen to more Tom Cora, his approach to the cello was very interesting.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • yorammorad

    v I agree that's among his very best

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TullDerGraff

    I love every single thing Frith has done, but The Country Of Blinds absolutely takes the cake.

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • yorammorad

    um hm girl *snaps fingers*

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Hataz gonna hate.

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • yorammorad

    @mrbonzoorubber2 : they shall call you... AVANT-TROLL

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    WTF! My plays for this band disappeared, well, a lot of them did. I had over a hundred, now I have 60!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mrbonzoorubber2

    I got into a fight over on youtube with the Hardrock band just because I commented on his video and expressed myself on how lousy their bad was because I wanted to hear the original Skeleton Crew but if you wanna suck I guess thats your bizzness each his own

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Your friends will be impressed

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Fred Frith is linked to so much awesome music, never really heard any Tom Cora until now, pretty amazing.

    3 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Drazba

    saw these guys-well, frith and cora during the learn to talk "tour" in the 80's-talked to frith after show-nice guy-bought the lp at the show(i think)-still have it

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • bruno__________

    the demo sessions 2009 album is from which skeleton crew?

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Ekengren

    Really, this stuff is great.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • wugoo

    one of the best bands ever for me

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • IrmatO

    Tout cela ne nous rajeunit pas!

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    the best

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
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