Assimilate (R23 remix) (6:32)

Cover of 12 Inch Anthology

From 12 Inch Anthology

This version of the song Assimilate was first featured on the 1987 Stairs and Flowers 12” vinyl release. It is a remixed, edited version of the song that first appeared on the 1985 album Bites.

Tom Ellard, of the Australian experimental electronic industrial band Severed Heads, lent his expertise with compression, equalizing and tape splicing to offer a more nuanced version of the track featuring a fuller atmospheric backing synth pad, punchier gated drums, and a more prominent answering backup vocal during the song’s chorus.

This version of the song would be featured again on the late 1987 12” vinyl single Chainsaw, the official 1987 North American Nettwerk CD compilation of the first two nigh-impossible to find at the time Skinny Puppy vinyl albums, Bites and Remission. Lastly it would be featured on more time on the 1990 Nettwerk CD compilation 12 Inch Anthology, collecting the early difficult to find 12” singles.

The consensus on the title of this version from later pressings would appear to be Assimilate (R23 remix) so please vote for name changes on and alter your ID3 tags accordingly to properly associate the track with albums and collate scrobbles.


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