Skunk Anansie

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades: 1990s 2000s


This London, England-based quartet, formed in 1994, was led by the stunning singer Skin (Deborah Dyer, Brixton, London, England). After attending a furniture design course at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesbrough, she returned to the capital and started meeting musicians on the local circuit. Her original band was shelved for being too ‘rockist’, but she retained the services of bass player Richard ‘Cass’ Lewis and in January 1994 began rehearsing with Skunk Anansie, alongside guitarist Martin ‘Ace’ Kent and drummer Robbie French. After signing to One Little Indian Records they released their debut single, ‘Little Baby Swastikkka’, available only through mail order from BBC Radio 1’s Evening Session programme. March 1995’s controversial ‘Selling Jesus’ single was followed by work on labelmate Björk’s ‘Army Of Me’ single. The band’s debut album contained the predicted brew of agit...

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