In case you didn’t know yet, Skunk Anansie is an English alternative rock and crossover band that was formed by the young British artist, Skin.
The early career of the band started in 1994 and lasted until 2001. The band’s members went on different musical paths and started their own side projects from 2002 until 2008. However, the band reunited in 2009 and has been active ever since.
Together, the band released six different studio albums, with a difference of 11 years between the third and the fourth albums. The most recent album signed Skunk Anansie is entitled “Anarchytecture” and was released in 2016.
However, there are plenty of things you might not know about Skunk Anansie, so I figured I would make a list of everything that might interest you regarding this UK band.
The lead singer
Skin, born Deborah Anne Dyer, is the lead vocalist of the band and, before getting into music, she was planning to become an interior designer. She became passionate about rock music in her teen years and she always wanted to be part of a rock band.
She started mixing as a DJ in college and was even invited to join a musical project. After one year, Skin accepted the proposal but the band was a failure and split up soon after.
After leaving the band for a while, Skin released two solo albums, in 2003 and in 2006. She also acted as a judge in the Italian version of The X Factor alongside Simona Ventura.
In 2013, Dyer began a civil partnership with billionaire heiress Christiana Wyly.
Little after Skin met her future band colleagues, Cass, Ace, and Robbie France, they had to decide over the band’s name. The unusual name choice was inspired by Anansi, a spider god present in the African legends.
The addition of “skunk”, which is an English jargon for marijuana, had the purpose to make the name sound more “indecent”.
Skunk Anansie gained its fame in the mid-1990s when it started touring alongside famous world bands such as U2, Aerosmith, Rammstein, Lenny Kravitz or Muse.
However, in 2001 they decided to go different ways in their musical careers. Skin was the first one to embark on a solo career and released her first album in September 2003. “Fisherwounds” was co-written alongside songwriter and partner Len Arran and was followed by “Fake Chemical State” that was released in 2006.
In 2002, Cass decided to join Gary Moore and Primal Scream drummer Darrin Mooney to form a band called Scars. They released a 2002 album also called Scars, featuring compositions inspired by great blues players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan.