Skinny Puppy

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Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie). Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (long-time associate, producer, and "unofficial" fourth member until 1995), Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb (1985–1986, under the pseudonym Wilhelm Schroeder), Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.

After the self-release of their first cassette in 1984, Skinny Puppy soon signed to Vancouver label Nettwerk, anchoring its early roster. From their Nettwerk debut EP Remission in 1984 to their 1992 album Last Rights, Skinny Puppy developed into an influential band with a dedicated cult following, fusing elements of ambient, noise, new wave, electro, and rock music and making innovative use of sampling. Over the course of several tours of North America and Europe in this period, they became known for theatrical, horror-themed live performances and videos, drawing attention to issues such as chemical warfare and animal testing. Skinny Puppy would go on to sell some two million records worldwide by the beginning of the new millennium.

In 1993, Skinny Puppy left Nettwerk and long-time producer Rave, signing with American Recordings and relocating to Malibu, California, where drug problems and tension between band members plagued the recording of their next album, The Process. Ogre quit Skinny Puppy in June 1995, and Goettel died of a heroin overdose two months later. The album was completed with Rave and released in Goettel's memory in 1996. Key and Ogre, already active in a number of other projects, went their separate ways, reuniting for a one-off Skinny Puppy concert at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden, Germany, in 2000. Reforming Skinny Puppy in 2003 with Mark Walk, they released the album The Greater Wrong of the Right the following year and toured extensively. Since their reunion, they have released a further three albums, the most recent release being 2013's Weapon.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Remission 4 3
1985 Bites 5 3
1986 Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse 4 5
1987 Cleanse Fold and Manipulate 4 2
1988 VIVIsectVI 4 6
1989 Rabies 5 5
1990 Too Dark Park 4 7
1992 Last Rights 5
1996 The Process 3 2
2002 Puppy Gristle 3
2004 The Greater Wrong of the Right 5 2
2007 Mythmaker 2
2011 HanDover 2
2013 Weapon 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Bites and Remission 1
1987 Remission and Bites 1
1989 12 Inch Anthology 1
1992 Back and Forth, Series Two 1
1996 Brap: Back & Forth, Volume 3 & 4 5
1999 B-Sides Collect 1
1999 The Singles Collect 4 3
2003 Back and Forth 06SIX 1
2007 Back & Forth, Volume 7 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Ain't It Dead Yet? 3
2001 Doomsday: Back and Forth, Volume 5: Live in Dresden 2
2005 The Greater Wrong of the Right Live 1
2012 Live: Bootlegged, Broke and in Solvent Seas 1
Live in Horst, Holland 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Remix Dystemper 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Dig It 2
1987 Stairs and Flowers 1
1988 Censor 3
1989 Testure 4
1989 Tin Omen 3
1990 Worlock 1
1990 Tormentor 2
1991 Addiction 1
1991 Spasmolytic 4
1992 Inquisition 2
1993 Chainsaw 1
2000 Track 10 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Back and Forth 1
1993 Chainsaw 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Skinned 1

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