Skunk Anansie (consisting of
Skin (Deborah Anne Dyer, a striking and bold
female on lead vocals), Cass (Richard Keith
Lewis on bass), Ace (Martin Ivor Kent on
guitar), and Mark (Mark Richardson on drums))
hail from England and formed in February,
1994. Their name is a combination of the
mammal (skunk) and a spider from Jamaican
folk stories (anansie). With a musical mix of
rock, funk, metal, and activism, Skunk
Anansie has gained a devoted and growing
Skunk Anansie was signed to a
local label, One Little Indian Records, just
5 months after they formed. They first found
success in their homeland with the singles
"Selling Jesus" and "I Can
Dream." Musician magazine said
of the band: ""With a sound as hard
as it is smart, Skunk Anansie smolders with a
passion that almost sounds anachronistic in
the ultra-ironic '90s..."
Skunk Anansie helped out with Björk's "Army Of
The band appeared in the film Strange
Days singing their U.K. hit,
Since their formation in 1994,
Skunk Anansie have toured extensively as
headliners in Europe and have toured with Lenny
And Sunburnt was released on Epic Records.
The group was also voted as the Best British
Band by the U.K. magazine Kerrang!
Skunk Anansie found increasing
chart success with each release from their
debut LP and hit the U.K. Top 20 with the
tracks "Weak" and
Their second LP, Stoosh, was released and
produced by Garth Richardson (who has worked
with Rage Against The Machine).
The first single from the LP was "Mike
Is My Sugar" and Musician magazine
said of the vocals: ""...Skin sings
like the illegitimate daughter of Johnny
Rotten and Sinead O'Connor, who got abandoned
at birth and was raised by porcupines
...impressive whether power chording,
riffing, or descending into the depths of
In Caught Magazine,
Skin said of their second LP: "...(Stoosh) is still quite
aggressive, but a lot more diverse than Paranoid
And Sunburnt which goes from really loud to
really quiet then really loud again. This one
takes you through a lot of different moods.
We've been listening to some strange stuff
and it's helped us develop. I think... (Stoosh) is probably just as
aggressive but I think it's probably slightly
more insular and a bit more emotional than
the first album."
Kerrang! named Skunk Anansie
the Best Live Band of the year.
Skunk Anansie performed at the
MTV Europe Music Awards where they were up
for 2 awards: Best Rock Band and Best Live
Chill, was released and Skin told Jam!Music:
"This record is the amalgamation of five
years of experience out on the road and in
the studios. We tried hard to be creative
here. We tried to make sure that we could
work with what experiences we had... This is
the most varied and most complete record we
have ever done."
Skunk Anansie will be touring in
the U.S. with Rammstein and Soulfy.