Skinny Puppy

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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Skinny Puppy Discography Tracks


Skinny Puppy Remission (MiniAlbum, Album, EP) Nettwerk Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
none Skinny Puppy Back & Forth(Cass, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Skinny Puppy Self-released) none Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Bites (Album) Nettwerk Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse (Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Cleanse Fold And Manipulate (Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk UK 1987 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Chainsaw (MiniAlbum, EP) Nettwerk Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy VIVIsectVI (Album) Nettwerk Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Rabies (Album) Nettwerk Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Too Dark Park (Album) Nettwerk US 1990 Sell This Version
C1-94683 Skinny Puppy Too Dark Park(Cass, Promo) Capitol Records C1-94683 US 1990 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Ain't It Dead Yet? (Album) Nettwerk Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Last Rights (Album) Nettwerk US 1992 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy The Process (Album) American Recordings, Sub-Conscious Communications US 1995 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Remix Dystemper (Album) Nettwerk US 1998 Sell This Version
DPRO 39813-2 Skinny Puppy Selections From Remix Dys Temper(CD, Promo) Nettwerk DPRO 39813-2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Doomsday: Back + Forth Vol 5, Live In Dresden (Album) Nettwerk America, Sub-Conscious Communications US 2001 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Puppy Gristle (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications US 2002 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy The Greater Wrong Of The Right (Album) Synthetic Symphony, Hell-O Deathday Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Mythmaker (Album) Synthetic Symphony, Hell-O dEathday Records Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy hanDover (Album) Synthetic Symphony US 2011 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Live: Bootlegged, Broke And In Solvent Seas (Album) Metropolis Germany 2012 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Weapon (Album) Metropolis US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Skinny Puppy Dig It (Single) Nettwerk, Nettwerk US 1986 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Stairs And Flowers (Single) Capitol Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Skinny Puppy Addiction (Single) Nettwerk, Nettwerk Canada 1987 Sell This Version

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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 over 3 years 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 as Front Line Assembly. So if I'm not interested in their last releases anymore because it's too postproducted and less punk rocked & EBM, I respect them.
For me, "Too Dark Park" is their best album ever, followed closely by "Rabies" and "Remission". Such Artists capable of writting songs of so different kinds like punchy EBM, gothic cold wave, ballad, experimental instrumental are very rare. Watching them performing live scenic sessions is also memorable...


April 4, 2012
There are So many EBM bands that have tried to copy Skinny Puppy. Evil's Toy comes to mind.


February 2, 2012
edited over 5 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.


March 6, 2008
edited over 5 years ago
As your attorney I recommend 1 copy of 'Ain't It Dead Yet?' A live album of SP at their best, almost an industrial orchestral piece, and 1 copy of 'Back and Forth Vol. 3 & 4' (3 is awesome dark electronica, 4 is SP more live wickedness) shut your eyes, play loud & feed your head - experience SP properly!

Edit: don't do it whilst playing online poker, or you'll lose $7,000


October 13, 2007
edited over 7 years ago
I was introduced to Skinny Puppy as being a sort of "poor man's Front Line Assembly", though to be fair I have to admit that now it's more the other way around. I once read in an interview with Gary Levermore from Third Mind Records that he turned down the band's first cassette Back & Forth because it was "too much like Portion Control". Skinny Puppy for me seemed to be (and still are to an extent) an industrial band marketed towards metal fans. Even though I loved the band's music until my early twenties, listening to the band these days is more of a chore than anything, the post "Last Rites" material is particularly dreadful.


May 4, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Skinny Puppy has served as inspiration for many groups, the responsible minds behind this project of Elektro-Dark are the multi-instrumentalist cEvin Key and the vocalist and composer Nivek Ogre, they have produced interesting sonic works, in those that one notices the creative use of the synthesizers and the tapes.

In most of their songs the orchestration is anti-rhythmic and the voices are distorted.

"Assimilate" is one of my favorite songs. The albums “Bites & Remission”, “Too Dark Park” and “12 Inch Anthology” are absolute classics. Perhaps Skinny Puppy is the most great Elektro band of America, in my point of view.

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