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Brixton Academy, London 26 November 2009
and Midge, Dennis and Gnasher, Crystal Tipps and Alistair, Roobard and
Custard, Dastardly and Mutley, my childhood was overrun with bizarre
So, when I
first heard about Skunk and Nancy, my immediate reaction was, cool...Pepe
le Pew finally got a girlfriend. Then I saw the exemplary cyberpunk movie
'Strange Days', with cyberskunk 'Selling Jesus' prominently featured and
still a hopelessly single malodorous romantic and what we had was a
deeper, darker and certainly sweeter smelling proposition. Here was a band
with a sound and a soul that was all its own, with a name inspired by the
dark West African folk tales of Anansi the spiderman (I'd love Sam Raimi
to turn that into a movie) and the voice of a renegade angel who had long
since abandoned her birth name of Deborah, for something decidedly
seen the band almost 10 years ago, I was hoping that the power and passion
that I witnessed back then hadn't been diluted with the passing of time
and solo endeavours.
came the reply, as the opening salvo of the debut album hit the crowd as a
lightning ball of kinetic energy hit the stage. Covered from shaved head
to manicured toe in shimmering ball of metallic fronds, although she was
at first skinvisible, there was no doubt what lurked beneath when that
voice erupted as the oversized pom-pom darted across the stage.
their long overdue comeback with a 'Best of' album and set-list, all bases
were covered from the heartfelt-balladry of 'Brazen (Weep)' to perfect
power pop of 'Twisted (Everyday Hurts)' the manic punkdom of 'On my hotel
careered towards an appropriate set-closing 'Tear the place up', it was
clear that this wasn't simply the Skin in Bacofoil show, this was a true
band performance, with Cass Lewis' bass in particular impressing in both
sheer volume and raw groove.
was the men at the back that propelled the show's intensity as Skin
communed with the adoring crowd, at one point walking off the stage,
carried on unflinching shoulders without missing a note.
for an extended series of encores, the band were clearly psyched by the
rapturous homecoming reception at what was the final date of their
encouraging was their confidence to include 4 new tracks in the set-list,
3 of which feature on the Greatest Hits compo and all of which fitted
seamlessly into their already impressive songbook.
hoping for a full album of new material before long. Compared to the
manufactured pap of Cowell's clowns, this was the real deal; music with
meaning delivered with power and passion, led by a decidedly hairless
angel with genuine XX and XY factor to match.
Intro (Yes, It's F*cking Political) / Selling Jesus / Charlie Big Potato /
Because of You / Charity / 100 Ways to Be a Good Girl / I Can Dream / I
Don't Want To Kill You / Weak / Brazen (Weep) / Twisted (Everyday Hurts) /
Cheap Honesty / On My Hotel TV / Tear The Place Up / The Skank Heads /
ENCORES: Hedonism / Squander / Little Baby Swastikkka / Secretly
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