Skinny Puppy

Canadian band with members cEvin Key (keyboards, percussion) and Nivek Ogre (vocals), founded in late 1982 in Vancouver, BC. They got a contract at Nettwerk via the demo tape "Back And Forth" and released their first EP "Remission" in 1984. Their records were released in Europe by Play It Again Sam [PIAS].

They released their first LP "Bites" in 1985, now with member Wilhelm Schroeder (better known as Bill Leeb) on keyboards. In 1986, Schroeder was replaced on keyboards by Dwayne R. Goettel (then in the group Psyche (2)). Over a career spanning 20+ years and as many releases, Skinny Puppy has remained fresh and vital to its many fans, and is considered as one of the most important bands in the industrial/gothic/ebm genre, inspiring such acts as Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.

Skinny Puppy disbanded for a time, following the death of Goettel by overdose in August 1995. Their final album "The Process" was completed and released in early 1996, and quickly became a bridge that earned the band many new fans. After a 5 year absence, they reformed in 2000 for a one-off concert appearance at the Doomsday festival in Dresden, Germany (which has since been released as Back And Forth, Vol. 5 in 2001). The first studio album since their reformation "The Greater Wrong Of The Right" was released after years of anticipation in 2004. They embarked on a worldwide tour in support, and a DVD has been released documenting the North American leg. 2007 saw the release of "Mythmaker", and in 2011 the band released its final album with label SPV, "hanDover". They signed with Metropolis Records in 2012, and released the live album "Bootlegged, Broke And In Solvent Seas". The band released their 12th studio album "Weapon" on May 28, 2013.
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M face 10, 12 NTWK 12 Skinny Puppy - Remission album art Skinny Puppy Remission (MiniAlbum, Album, EP) Nettwerk M face 10, 12 NTWK 12 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
none Skinny Puppy - Back & Forth album art Skinny Puppy Back & Forth(Cass, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Skinny Puppy Self-released) none Canada 1984 Sell This Version
15 NTWK - C15, WRC4-4143 Skinny Puppy - Bites album art Skinny Puppy Bites (Album) Nettwerk 15 NTWK - C15, WRC4-4143 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
NTLC-30005 Skinny Puppy - Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse album art Skinny Puppy Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse (Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk NTLC-30005 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
NTL-30011 Skinny Puppy - Cleanse Fold And Manipulate album art Skinny Puppy Cleanse Fold And Manipulate (Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk NTL-30011 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
064-7 91040 1, 064 7 91040 1, 7 91040 1 Skinny Puppy - VIVIsectVI album art Skinny Puppy VIVIsectVI (Album) Nettwerk 064-7 91040 1, 064 7 91040 1, 7 91040 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 7 93007 2 Skinny Puppy - Rabies album art Skinny Puppy Rabies (Album) Nettwerk CDP 7 93007 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDP 7 94683 2 Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park album art Skinny Puppy Too Dark Park (Album) Nettwerk CDP 7 94683 2 US 1990 Sell This Version
NTV 01, NTV -01 Skinny Puppy - Ain't It Dead Yet? album art Skinny Puppy Ain't It Dead Yet? (Album) Nettwerk NTV 01, NTV -01 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
C4-98037 Skinny Puppy - Last Rights album art Skinny Puppy Last Rights (Album) Nettwerk C4-98037 US 1992 Sell This Version
none Skinny Puppy - The Process album art Skinny Puppy The Process (Album) American Recordings, Sub-Conscious Communications none US 1995 Sell This Version
O 42, SPV 089-22402 Skinny Puppy - Brap (Back & Forth Vol. 3 & 4) album art Skinny Puppy Brap (Back & Forth Vol. 3 & 4) (Comp) Nettwerk O 42, SPV 089-22402 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
0 6700 30213 2 6 Skinny Puppy - Remix Dystemper album art Skinny Puppy Remix Dystemper (Album) Nettwerk 0 6700 30213 2 6 US 1998 Sell This Version
0 6700 30225 2 1 Skinny Puppy - Doomsday: Back + Forth Vol 5, Live In Dresden album art Skinny Puppy Doomsday: Back + Forth Vol 5, Live In Dresden (Album) Nettwerk America 0 6700 30225 2 1 US 2001 Sell This Version
sub 023 Skinny Puppy - Puppy Gristle album art Skinny Puppy Puppy Gristle (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications sub 023 US 2002 Sell This Version
SPV 085-63722 CD Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong Of The Right album art Skinny Puppy The Greater Wrong Of The Right (Album) Synthetic Symphony, Hell-O Deathday Records SPV 085-63722 CD US 2004 Sell This Version
SUB 035 Skinny Puppy - Back & Forth Vol 7 album art Skinny Puppy Back & Forth Vol 7 (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications SUB 035 US 2007 Sell This Version
SPV 80001084 CD Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker album art Skinny Puppy Mythmaker (Album) Synthetic Symphony, Hell-O dEathday Records SPV 80001084 CD Germany 2007 Sell This Version
SPV 308282 CD Skinny Puppy - hanDover album art Skinny Puppy hanDover (Album) Synthetic Symphony SPV 308282 CD US 2011 Sell This Version
none Skinny Puppy - Live: Bootlegged, Broke And In Solvent Seas album art Skinny Puppy Live: Bootlegged, Broke And In Solvent Seas (Album) Metropolis none Germany 2012 Sell This Version
MET870 Skinny Puppy - Weapon album art Skinny Puppy Weapon (Album) Metropolis MET870 US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

V-15267 Skinny Puppy - Dig It album art Skinny Puppy Dig It (Single) Nettwerk, Nettwerk V-15267 US 1986 Sell This Version
V-15281 Skinny Puppy - Stairs And Flowers album art Skinny Puppy Stairs And Flowers (Single) Capitol Records V-15281 US 1987 Sell This Version
NT12-3010, NT12 3010 Skinny Puppy - Addiction album art Skinny Puppy Addiction (Single) Nettwerk, Nettwerk NT12-3010, NT12 3010 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
NTMC-6305 Skinny Puppy - Chainsaw album art Skinny Puppy Chainsaw (EP, MiniAlbum) Nettwerk NTMC-6305 Canada 1987 Sell This Version

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May 20, 2022
On the inside cover of "The Process' album, there is a tribute to Dwayne Goettel who had just died a year or so earlier. The brief tribute states, "In loving memory of D.R. Goettel."
At this point I have to digress and state that I am one of those people who only, or who mostly, likes cats and not dogs. To say it another way, I do not especially like dogs with the exception of the toy dogs and a few species of the larger dogs like huskies and mau-mau's or chou-chou's or whatever they're called.
As shown I am a liberal thinker. I can handle unconventional views and unorthodox behavior. But where I draw the line is when somebody actually celebrates animal cruelty and animal suffering: on the inside cover of the 'Process' album on the left side you will see, above the tribute to Dwayne Goettel, an extremely troubling, extremely tasteless photograph of a starving, emaciated, haunted-looking dog who is looking back at the camera. This again is a photograph of a "skinny puppy."
The message, there, is that Dwayne Goettel can screw, we're happy to be rid of you, fuck you, can you see everyone we're shitting on Dwayne even in while he's lying in his grave.
This type of behavior typifies cEvin Key's and Ogre's sadistic, malicious view towards people and most everything else. They had plenty of reasons to hate Dwayne Goettel. He was a fantastic keyboardist but in everything else he was a total fuck-up. He was not the type of person, for example, who would be receptive to the idea of meticulously preparing his trash, recycling, and yard-waste materials for disposal each week. He would have been unreceptive to the idea of a mailbox post that was straight up and level in his front yard. He would not have liked being told to pick up his cigarette butts off the ground. He was totally unreceptive to the mysterious letter I sent to Skinny Puppy in late 1994 warning them of a fabulous murder conspiracy coming at them from Canadian and U.S. intelligence and their militaries. He was a moron, an intelligent imbecile, but neither he, nor any Skinny Puppy fans, ever deserved the completely disgusting album art on the 'Process' album.
That album art and the two people behind it are shining examples of the Tragically Hip---the Too Cool, the last Elvises, the supercool punk-rock superstars.
(I am aware that there is or was a popular Canadian band known as the Tragically Hip. I have not heard any of their music and I am not interested in their music. They must suck badly if the Canadian Prime Minister felt compelled to issue a eulogy and testimonial about the lead singer when he died of brain cancer, saying that he represented the best of Canadian culture and tradition.)


June 9, 2020
Like other people have stated, the current / recent vinyl reissues are terrible. Very sad. Furthermore, Nettwerk will not license any of it out to labels that specialize in vinyl so everyone is stuck with their garbage pressings or tracking down an original. The original vinyl pressing of Too Dark Park sounds amazing. I spent $100 on it and don't regret it at all.


November 23, 2019
The Nettwerk Reissues are ridicolously awful, avoid them like the plague.
Youre better off paying alot for the originals, youre paying alot of money for a good sounding vinyl instead of a bit for a bad sounding vinyl.


July 6, 2018
SKINNY PUPPY's first show in San Francisco was at the Stone on Broadway; the opening act was SEVERED HEADS. Incredible night! Messy; bloody red corn-syrup everywhere, coming off Ogre; a girl licked my fingers.

The show was booked by Savoy Tivoli's Gerry Gerrard who managed VOICE FARM, AJAX, SRL, etc. and released MOEV's immortal "Rotting Geraniums" 12-inch. Gerry's then-wife Olga managed DIAMANDA GALAS (who was dating JELLO BIAFRA at the time)... Later in New York, at the Ritz, Olga's birthday party would feature SUICIDE (with The CARS' Ric Ocasek on guitar!) headlining over FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY, MEATBEAT MANIFESTO, AJAX. Ocasek's wife, supermodel Paulina was there, too!

The last time I saw Jerry, I was spinning vinyl at the Kennel Club (now known as the Independent?) on Divisadero; it might've been STEREOLAB's 1st show in SF; it was prior to their 1st Lollapalooza tour. Anyway... Jerry comes into the DJ booth, and so I ask him what's he doing there? He tells me he's managing NINE INCH NAILS, and Trent's in the audience! CYRNAI's eyes are wide, so I ask Jerry, can she (Cyrnai) meet Trent? He answers, "sure, let's go"...

But, rewind back a couple of years prior to all that... A local experimental band based out of 455 Tenth Street in the SOMA district (across the street from what was then an abandoned brewery, but now a huge Costco) self-described "experimental industrial" (Ex-I) aggregation called IAO CORE (described by the press as "baby Velvets" after opening for Karen Finley; the infamous "yams up my butt" performance) along with East Bay'ers GOAT GUYS FROM HELL, and ACL, were all performing together on the lawn at UC Berkeley.

Eventually resorting to simple initials, GGFH would soon sign a multiple albums deal with Peaceville UK based on recommendations from AUTOPSY/DEATH drummer Chris Reifert. Those albums by GLOBAL GENOCIDE FORGET HEAVEN would influence young UK and European extreme metal-heads that would later populate and release their own music during the peak of mid to late '90s black metal and deathgrind scene.

When MORBID ANGEL first played The Omni in Oakland (with NOCTURNUS, AUTOPSY, and VON opening? My memory is fuzzy; plus I got there late!), Trey was wearing his SKINNY PUPPY shirt onstage! Earlier that day, my roommate Brad (who worked for Combat-Relativity) drove the Morbid Angel guys around the Bay looking for LAIBACH records in all the record stores that were Brad's accounts. Lol

A founding member of IAO CORE, M.C. Schmidt would go on to form MATMOS, and work with BJORK on her albums.


August 16, 2017
Too Dark Park is one of my all-time favorite albums, by any artist. A Masterpiece!. Definitely some changes on "The Process" but I did still very much enjoy most of it. Of the four more recent post-"Process" albums, "Handover" is my favorite, several tracks/moments hearken back to SP when they were at their best!


August 26, 2015
Huge fan. I'll admit my love for post-industrial music started w/ NIN & Ministry but I quickly found my way to these guys. The first song of theirs I ever heard was Convulsions off of Too Dark Park and it blew my mind. For the longest time I have looked for other electro-industrial acts that were just as good and I may have found a few that were close, but SP is just so unique you can't duplicate their sound. I know everyone goes through some changes and unfortunately those changes lead to disappointment (like Nine Inch Nails Post The Fragile). SP did have their fall from grace, yet they are getting back to where they once were with their album Mythmaker and the following albums after. It may be silly that a 40-something still blares SP but for me these guys have withstood the litmus of time and are still darker, deeper, more innovative than most of the bands out there. It's just unfortunate that most kids these days don't know about them or much less ever hear anything by them. Top Picks: Too Dark Park (pretty heavy stuff), Last Rights (very experimental), Bites (early work simple yet elegant), Doomsday: Back & Forth Vol.5. Top Songs: Convulsions (will scare the crap outta ya), Harsh Stone White, Optimissed (creepy dancefloor friendly tune), Left Hand Shake [Banned Studio Version] from their Intolerance bootleg album


May 14, 2015
The best SKiNNY PUPPY clone ever must be the one and only band: "X MARKS THE PEDWALK" who almost alone have succeded to make such a good copy of their music? If you haven' t heard them then you have missed something very good?


November 20, 2014
edited about 1 month ago
Killer music band, especially till The Process who signed a turn in SP's sound. However, they've not sold their souls neither to marketting nor fashion devils alike Front Line Assembly. Even if I'm not so enthousiast about their latest releases because it's too clean and postproducted, I still believe they can be surprising. After all, Weapon and The Greater Wrong Of The Right albums have some cool moments. I'm just more fan of their original sound like a mix of cold wave, punk rock & EBM.
For me, "Too Dark Park" is their best album ever, followed closely by "Remission", "Bites", "Back And Forth Series 2" and "Last Rights". "Rabies" is also nice but comes a bit after.
Some of their titles are very experimental, like moody instrumentals with distorted vocal sounds, but add some welcomed chilling moments among the more radical and brutal tracks.
Their Art is obviously a social and political act, often displaying the worst and weakest in us. Watching them performing live scenic sessions is also memorable and probably more understandable than their complex lyrics, worth the experience at least once.


February 2, 2012
edited over 10 years ago
The true pioneers of the Electro-Industrial genre and most electronic music to come. Skinny Puppy were a band I needed at a certain time in my life. While many so called artists from the 90's took their sound(just listen to the compilation Rivet head culture. No wonder they called themselves raw dog on that release whether it wasn't the full band or not, I wouldn't wanna be associated with all those posers either. Traded success and cash for making truly dark masterpieces like Last Rights or their magnum opus Too Dark Park. They rose above all the copycats, disbanded, lost Duck to a heroin O.D.(R.I.P. Dwayne) and have reformed to boot. While not as genius as they once were still far more innovative than anyone else trying to make creative electronic music.


April 21, 2011
For some reason Skinny Puppy has a distinctive touch that no one ever did manage to copy or recreate. Its true that many bands got influenced by them but to this day theres no one comparable in terms of creativity. Their weird synthesis, their arrythmias, the mysterious, decadent and vicious atmospheres they imprinted in their tracks were and still are really special and unique. I remember the many dark images that this music projected in my mind, premonitions of a world sinking into pure darkness as product from implacable forces falling down upon it. Skinny Puppy created really obscure soundtracks for the industrial age, the post modern reality or whatever term you may want to use for describing the dystopia adjacent to "the future is now" commandandment from the civilized world.

Truly revolutionary in all sense of the word, chaotic and mesmerizing SP did not just paved the way for EBM but created a singular gap in which only its own presence its allowed, a perfect conjunction of darkness that resembles a disjointed and destructive world of fantasy which its own picture is our own world.
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