Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 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 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. 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. "Who's Laughing Now" was utilized very heavily in the closing scenes of the 1990 film Bad Influence. 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 as well as propagating anti-animal testing sentiment.
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 have since released two albums on the German label Synthetic Symphony, and toured extensively.
... of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served as a sound engineer on tour in Canada for Ka-Spel ... to release Tired Eyes Slowly Burning with contributions from the other members of Skinny Puppy to a limited degree of success ... With the collapse of Skinny Puppy in 1995 and cEvin's primary commitment over, he and The Tear Garden released To Be an Angel Blind, The Crippled Soul Divide in 1996 ...
... Thomas Key Goettel's outlet for non-Skinny Puppy instrumentals ... Some of this material later appeared on editions of Skinny Puppy's Remission and Bites Hilt Begun in the mid-1980s by Key and Alan Nelson as The Flu, who self-released some of their early material on ... The track "Ode to Groovy", while credited to Skinny Puppy on an animal rights benefit compilation, was actually just Ogre and Rave ohGr Ogre's project with Mark Walk, originally known as "W.E.L.T." ...
... Notable guest appearances of Skinny Puppy members with other bands include Ogre with KMFDM Ogre performed vocals on "Torture" from KMFDM's Symbols ... Wake of Devastation, a variation of that album's "Talons Grasp" appeared as the Skinny Puppy track "Those Loud Neighbours" on Back and Forth Series 7 ... Remixes Various members of Skinny Puppy have remixed a number of other artists, including Haujobb, Psychic TV, Metallica, and Mötley Crüe Skinny Puppy had a brief cameo in the 1995 film The Doom Generation ...
Famous quotes containing the words puppy and/or skinny:
“Why does not the kitten betray some of the attributes common to the adult puss? A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense. We never hear our friends say they love puppies, but cannot bear dogs. A kitten is a thing apart; and many people who lack the discriminating enthusiasm for cats, who regard these beautiful beasts with aversion and mistrust, are won over easily, and cajoled out of their prejudices, by the deceitful wiles of kittenhood.”
—Agnes Repplier (18581950)
“A wise child pleases his father; a skinny dog shames his master.”