31st December 2012
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It’s hard to believe but this month has marked the 30th anniversary of the recording of what would be the first song given the Skinny Puppy name: Meat Flavoured Factor a.k.a. Meat Flavour. Produced in December 1982, it was released in an edited version on Puppy’s first, homemade release, Back and Forth series 1 in early 1984, which was reissued as Back and Forth series 2 in 1992. 2003 saw release of a much longer version, Meat Flavoured Factor, on Back and Forth 6. I figured we’d celebrate this occasion by taking a look back at the making of the track with cEvin Key. Here’s what he has to say about this piece of history:::
This song was initially made sometime in late 1982 with Joe Vizvary after a rehearsal for Images in Vogue one night. The jam was kind of basic and I recorded it to cassette and took it home. That month, I think, someone had just purchased a Lexicon PCM41 Digital delay and for me I kind of saw this box as a spaceship. I had no idea at the time what it was doing and this lead to me wanting to see what it would do to sound. I borrowed Don Gordon’s delay and took it home and I had purchased a 4 track cassette recorder. I used the basic track from the jam and fed it through the PCM41 and recorded the fx on its own track. This was how the song was created. The equipment used at the time was a DMX drum machine with a Pro One synth and Joe was jamming on his Prophet 5 and Yamaha strings. Then all fed through the PCM41. The voice added later is John Hurt from a film I can’t recall. The original length of the jam was quite long and most of it appears on Back and Forth 6 version. The piece used was much smaller and pitched again on the Back and Forth cassette. I called it Skinny Puppy after a promise to make a band of the name one day At the time I had then thought about a band which I made membership cards for and I gave one to Joe and one to Dale Plevin who was our fretless bass guitar player in the beginning on Glass houses and other tracks. It reads Skinny Puppy official member.
I did record some other songs after this track. 2 tapes were made by digital delay and guitar called 60 and 90 which I have but have not released. They are pretty much pure noise. Then I started 4 track recording on reel to reel which is where Film and Love come from. I started some others there are a few recordings from that era I have. One called Salty Dog I may be able to dig up.
It’s hard to believe this is now 30 years old this month. Happy birthday Meat Flavoured Factor!
Thanks to cEvin for the memories and to Joe Vizvary for the images of his membership card. On behalf of Litany, I want to wish you all a fantastically happy new year. Whatever 2012 brought you, go make 2013 the year in which at least one of your dreams comes true.
5th October 2012
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Mark Spybey of Download’s Dead Voices on Air will be performing as part of Providence, Rhode Island’s Halloween Industrial Festival, November 2nd through 4th, also featuring FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mark Hosler of Negativland, Otto Von Schirach, Controlled Bleeding and many others. It’s been a busy year for Mark, who has released a DVOA album, Mawson Will and Other Stories, for the Russian label Ewers Tonkunst, further entries in his series of collaborative 7”s via Tourette Records, and further releases via the DVOA bandcamp site. Visit here for festival tickets and info.
8th May 2012
Preview clips are now available for the upcoming Skinny Puppy live album, Bootlegged, Broke, and In Solvent Seas at iTunes. If you’re at all like me, and I’m sure that down in the deepest hidden crevices of your tender soul you pray that you are, you’re waiting with baited breath at the chance to again bathe your ears in the majesty of these songs as performed live with the incomparable Justin Bennett on drums. Listen and preorder right here.
15th March 2012
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Set for release on June 12th via Metropolis is Bootlegged, Broke, and In Solvent Seas
, and album of recordings made on the phenomenal European tour of 2010. As someone lucky enough to work on that tour and experience these performances first hand as mixed by Ken Marshall, I think this record will prove to be the definitive live document of Skinny Puppy. Visit here to preorder
01. Prelude (Warsaw)
02. Rodent (Warsaw)
03. Dead Lines (Bratislava)
04. Dogshit (Warsaw)
05. Addiction (Bratislava)
06. HateKill (Warsaw)
07. Worlock (Hildesheim)
08. Morpheus Laughing (Warsaw)
09. Assimilate (Warsaw)
10. Shore Lined Poison (Budapest)