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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1982 – 1995, 2003 – present)

Skinny Puppy is an influential band, formed in 1982 by core members cEVIN Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Ohgr) (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Inspired by the groundbreaking music of Chrome, Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Portion Control, The Legendary Pink Dots, and others, Skinny Puppy experimented with electronic recording techniques and methods. the band composed multi-layered music generally using keyboards, synthesizers, found sounds, drum machines, live percussion, tape splices, samplers, and conventional rock music instruments. Whereas many contemporary remixes and re-edits of songs were created in order to make a song more suitable for dancing or different radio formats, Skinny Puppy approached remixing and re-editing as an artistic process of reinterpreting compositions, often using remixes to push their sound into styles of , and . Skinny Puppy’s often informal, improvisational approach to musical composition is indicated by use of the term brap, coined by them and defined as a verb meaning “to get together, hook up electronic instruments, get high, and record”.

Skinny Puppy’s first two proper releases, Bites and Remission, fall somewhere between the found-sound chaos of early Cabaret Voltaire and the abrasive, futuristic synthpop of the Units or Crash Course in Science. While the intense synth programming, abstract rhythms, and surreal samples—all Puppy trademarks—are present here, the albums owe as much to new wave as to industrial.


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  • Nihil227

    Yeah Wormin' has become one of my favorite Skinny Puppy songs. "we'll make you feel the jim jones' vibe as if to drink their poison somehow better than what we become" I love those lyrics. By the way Nivek Ogre did a 12' interview for Russia Today about this Guantanamo thing and so i'm quite suprised by the quality of this interview for a mass media they actually let him talk without being close minded.

    19 Apr 12:55pm Reply
  • Divlyfein

    This is the criminal age.

    11 Apr 2:31am Reply
  • ketamineface

    i agree. i love the sound of weapon. the remake of solvent just sums up the entire concept for me.its an old school aesthetic with a new age sound. brilliant.

    8 Apr 3:47pm Reply
  • Jureiko

    I listened to Wornin today like 8 times and realized I really like it. I think I wouldn't mind them releasing something like that in the future - a poppy modern electronics album I mean. Because honestly it's pretty obvious SP will never return to dark noisy abrasive sound, and nowadays their mid-paced wobbly electronics sucks ass (glowbel, salvo, ovirt, wavy). I say embrace the upbeat pop sound, add some guitars maybe and fucking go with it.

    1 Apr 10:03pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    I heard they began recording Weapon during the major complications Handover suffered with before it could be released. The article I read said something along the lines of Key and Ogre feeling pessimistic about it being released at all. Some legal battle was underway supposedly. But then again don't quote me on that, you know what the Internet is like. Either way I'm glad they did, Weapon just kicks my ass every time.

    31 Mar 12:16pm Reply
  • limpicatto

    I think they had to release "Weapon" 'cause people couldn't appreciate "Handover".

    31 Mar 10:04am Reply
  • ketamineface

    Still finding subtleties within Weapon that keep me interested. Damn it's such a fantastic album. Every time I listen to it I have cum on my hands from wankin' too much.

    21 Mar 9:22am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    moar... need moar

    19 Mar 9:02pm Reply
  • Jureiko

    stop spamming you bitch

    4 Mar 3:36pm Reply
  • LAHardwave

    dig this:

    2 Mar 11:13pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i am glad i didnt go see them then, that setlist looks like shit. they had a really good setlist aside from the newer album bullshit, 5 years ago.

    22 Feb 2:42am Reply
  • LAHardwave

    where's Tin Omen?

    21 Feb 9:54pm Reply
  • Razielek

    Do you know any albums that sounds similar to "Bites"? First two albums by Front Line Assembly comes to mind but what's more?

    16 Feb 8:55pm Reply
  • Mochitsuki

    Can't wait to seem them live next week! Love Ogre <3

    16 Feb 6:12am Reply
  • confusednetwork

    Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre on Gitmo Torture Music, Animal Terrorism & Performance Gore

    14 Feb 7:45am Reply
  • gigmaniaxxx666

    Great post-punk!

    12 Feb 4:02pm Reply
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  • skinnydrifter

    v these comments are gold

    8 Feb 1:40am Reply
  • ketamineface

    personally, if i was going to use an artist as a torture device id use lady gaga.

    7 Feb 8:57am Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    they aren´t brutal lol, better torture with anaal ketrak

    6 Feb 12:10am Reply
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