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Skunk Anansie is a British rock band, led by vocalist / guitarist Deborah Anne Dyer (b. 3 Aug 1967, Brixton, London, UK - aka Skin). Other members included Richard Lewis (bass - aka Cass), Martin Kent (guitar - aka Ace), Mark Richardson (drums - replaced Robbie France). They débuted with the track Little Baby Swastikkka (1994, One Little Indian). The group broke up in 2001 and reformed in 2009. Their latest release is the album "Black Traffic" (Sep 2012)Read More...
They were named after the West-African folk tales of Anansie the spider-man, with "Skunk" added to "make the name nastier". They were sometimes grouped as part of a Britrock movement, running alongside Britpop. They were labelled a "political" band, but the group has emphasized that they would prefer to be labelled simply as a "rock band". Skin herself, however, has described Skunk Anansie as a "clit-rock" group, which All Music Guide clarifies as "an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage". Members Skin and Ace have mentioned the Sex Pistols, Blondie, dub music, reggae, electronica, hip-hop music and world music as significant influences.
Since the breaking up of the band, Skin has gone on to a solo career - releasing two albums: Fleshwounds, and Fake Chemical State. Ace has followed a more low-key solo career with Still Hungry, an album with collaborations with many different rock artists. Mark Richardson went on to drum for British band Feeder.
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- LyricsI've been biting my tongue
Been so subtly kind
I've got to think so selfishly
'Cause you're the face inside of me
I've been biding my days, you see
- LyricsLost in time I can't count the words
I said when I thought they went unheard
All of those harsh thoughts so unkind
Cause I wanted you
And now I sit here I'm all alone
- LyricsI hope you're feeling happy now
I see you feel no pain at all, it seems
I wonder what you're doin' now
I wonder if you think of me at all
Do you still play the same moves now?
- LyricsI awake, from blood thick dreams, washing blame, from my knees,
softly done, so secretly, I'm awake as charlie sleeps
a lone brother, a lone sister, a home cover, alone
I awake, dry the scream, spit the vile breath, till my tongue bleeds,
thinks it's all gone, famously, broke the hard girl, good to please
- LyricsSurvived, tonight, I may be going down,
Cause everything goes round too, tight, tonight,
And it, you watch him crawl, you stand for more.
And your panic stricken, blood will thicken up, tonight
Cause I don't want you, to forgive me,
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