Skinny Puppy: Past and Present

I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I was ever a gigantic Skinny Puppy fan. Truth is, up until The Process came out there wasn’t a Skinny Puppy album that I could listen to from beginning to end. I liked the club hits well enough, but outside of that, I had no use for Skinny Puppy. As you might imagine, this was complete blasphemy in the goth/industrial scene but it was what it was. Then in ’96, The Process came out and I “got” Skinny Puppy. As luck would have it, most Skinny Puppy disciples hated the release. After The Process the band dissolved and over the years I moved away from the industrial scene, sold or lost The Process, and basically forgot about the band….and eventually the entire genre.

The other day I was in my local record store and I see that they have a Skinny Puppy cd at the listening post. I assumed it was a greatest hits collection, hoping to listen to Killing Game, only to see it was a new release. So I figured WTF? I was in there looking for a reason to spend 20 bucks anyway. This was as good as anything else so I picked it up along with a used copy of Last Rites so I could hear Killing Game. I really wasn’t expecting to like this cd as much as I do. I suspect it works like this, if you hated The Process you are not gonna like this cd, and if you were into The Process then you are gonna “dig it.” It seems to me that they took the more accessible direction they were heading in with The Process, made it more electronic and meshed it with what Nivek was or is doing with ohGr. Mythmaker would make for a perfect jumping in point for people who have always heard of, but never actually heard Skinny Puppy. It has kind of rekindled my interest in a genre I long ago quit paying attention to.

Editor’s note: This is the first post I’ve edited that got my blood flowing. Yeah, I admit, I’m a huge SP fan. They were before my time, but I did manage to see them live after they regrouped several years ago. I drove all the way to Atlanta and then Jacksonville to see ohGr, and was able to meet both Nivek and cEvin Key backstage thanks to my girlfriend knowing the right people. I loved the work ohGr did with KMFDM, and what cEvin did with Download. I liked The Process. Then I moved on. I’ve listened to Mythmaker several times and it’s not a bad album. I honestly like The Process more, maybe out of sentimentality. Still, when I listen to SP now, I always go back to VIVIsect VI. I LOVE that album. It’s full of all the horror and frustration at the sickness in the world, fueled by heroin, and breathes an intensity that few albums in the genre have ever managed to achieve. It could also be called the beginning of the end for SP. Three albums followed VIVIsect VI; Rabies, Too Dark Park, and Last Rights in 1991, all brilliant in their own way, complex, and not for the faint of heart. The band imploded with the death of Dwayne Goettel in 1995 and from complications in the recording of The Process. Their defining years behind them, a reconciled Ogre and Key released a somewhat disappointing The Greater Wrong of the Right in 2004. Mythmaker may in fact be a great jumping in point for a remarkable band, but to a true SP fan you can’t help but miss the down and dirty sound of those past albums.

Skinny Puppy – politikiL
Skinny Puppy – jaHer
Skinny Puppy – pedafly

Skinny Puppy – Killing Game
Skinny Puppy – Dig It

Skinny Puppy’s Official Site, Skinny Puppy on myspace, Buy Mythmaker

Here are some videos of the Skinny Puppy hits thanks to youtube. Nostalgia for old school fans or a quick history lesson for SP newbies….enjoy but be warned, some of these these are not work safe and probably not for the weak of stomach:

This is the original video for Worlock:

This is the original video for Testure:

This is the original video for my second favorite Skinny Puppy song ever, Smothered Hope:

and finally, the video of my favorite SP song, Killing Game:

4 thoughts on “Skinny Puppy: Past and Present”

  1. i am 19 years old i have listened to sp for over 9 yeaars i still enjoy there music, if it wasent for all that hardcore if your face industrial music over the years i would never started a semi- successful band, i contacted Ogre ( ya i even talk 2 sp shows how fan crazy i am haha ) after they made greater wrong of the right in 2000 and asked if they could try to make it on a lighter side like Process but more with a electronica wave to it i geuss they took that into concederation and came out with this one exacally what i wanted oh yea

    R.I.P DWAN

  2. I have all the songs and I’ve seen them play twice at St Andrews hall in Detriot and saw them last in 04, I missed them on my way to Utah in 2004-2005-ish. Most creative sounds I’ve ever heard! I hope to see them again sometime. Can’t design scary fast cars without them. My favorite band period!

  3. Yep, blasphemy. lol.

    I’m quite a few years from getting upset at folks choice in music, except for that crap that the kids are calling music these days! (kidding) To be fair, I think you understand the reason you liked the process and the old guard didn’t really care for the new direction. I was a huge, HUGE fan in teh 80’s, but got so anti-guitar music in the early 90’s that I pretty much abandoned the whole genre.

    Nice to see some appreciation for what is a quality act, even if I don’t listen to that stuff anymore.

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