Industrial band Skinny Puppy, from Vancouver, Canada, are widely regarded as a forceful influence on the development of the genre in the late 80s, counting Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor among their loudest advocates. The principals behind the band are cEVIN Key (as this multi-instrumentalist prefers to call himself) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie), the bands singer and lyricist, who is not related to their producer, Dave Ogilvie (later a full-time member of the band). They met in 1983, and quickly discovered a mutual taste in esoteric film music. Skinny Puppys first release was a cassette, Back And Forth, before the Remission EP, released on the Canadian label Nettwerk Records in 1984. This introduced their dark electronics, textured by synthesizers, samples and tape loops. It was followed by Bites, again reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaires early experimentation and aural shock tactics. A more homespun component was the...
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