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Skin performing live
Background information
Birth name Deborah Anne Dyer
Born 3 August 1967 (1967-08-03) (age 42)
Origin Brixton, London, England
Genres Indie, Rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1995 - Present
Labels One Little Indian, Virgin, EMI, V2
Associated acts Skunk Anansie

Deborah Anne Dyer, better known by the stage name Skin, (born 3 August 1967, Brixton, London) is a singer and occasional model. She is the lead vocalist of English band Skunk Anansie. Mavis Bayton, author of Frock Rock, an academic book about women musicians in Britain says that "women like Skin, Natasha Atlas, Yolande Charles, Mary Genis, and Debbie Smith are now acting as crucial role models for future generations of black women."[1]


Skunk Anansie

Skin began her music career in Skunk Anansie who were a band often grouped as part of the britrock movement in the UK. They were noted for being a multi-racial band, and having Skin, a black female as their lead singer. Joining Skin in the line up for the band were Ace on guitar, Cass on bass guitar, and Mark on drums.

After forming in 1994, the band released three albums. Paranoid & Sunburnt, Stoosh and Post Orgasmic Chill sold over 4 million copies worldwide. They are best known for their single "Weak", but have had a series of other hits including "Charity", "Hedonism" and "Charlie Big Potato".

In 2001 the band decided to split. Ace released a solo album entitled Still Hungry, Mark became a replacement drummer for the band Feeder and Skin went on to pursue a solo career.

In 2008 drummer Mark Richardson confirmed reports that the band was reforming in an interview with Drummer Magazine (2008, November Issue), and said that the band planned to release a 'Best Of' as well as new material.

In fact, on April 2 and 3, 2009, two shows took place at the Monto Water Rats (the former venue of the Splash Club) in London under the alias SCAM (Skin, Cass, Ace, Mark). The band is supposed to begin a 'Greatest Hits' tour on October 2009.

A greatest hits album, Smashes and Trashes was also announced. The album includes three brand new tracks; Because Of You, Tear The Place Up and Squander. Videos of these new tracks are officially available on various sites.

Solo career

Fake Chemical State

After Skunk Anansie split, Skin released her debut solo album Fleshwounds. The album was toned down from her Skunk Anansie days and did not gain the same acclaim from Skunk Anansie fans. She even ditched her trademark bald look and grew her hair into a boyish crop. While the album was not a massive success in the UK, two singles were released from it: "Trashed" and "Faithfulness". "Lost", a double A-Side with "Getting Away With It", was a planned third single but was pulled shortly before release; promo CDs were sent out to radio stations but it received no airplay. Elsewhere in Europe the album's success was greater. For example, in Italy it peaked at #6 in the album chart, and in Germany it peaked at #18.

After releasing Fleshwounds, Skin went on to perform various solo gigs around Europe. She was also support for the European leg of Robbie Williams' and Placebo's world tours.

Soon after touring she began to record her second album, Fake Chemical State, which was released for sale on 20 March 2006, preceded by new single Just Let the Sun two weeks earlier. The first single actually issued from this album was Alone in My Room, a download-only track released on 7 November 2005. 'Alone In My Room' was also the name given to Skin's first UK solo tour in two years, which commenced in Berlin in November 2005. For this album she shaved her head bald again, returning to the look she had in her Skunk Anansie days.

Skin's next solo outing was a small promotional 'Fake Chemical State' tour. It started in Glasgow on 17 March 2006. She went onto perform many festivals around Europe including Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Southside/Hurricane festivals in Germany. She performed on the main stage at most of these festivals.

In February 2008 she announced that she was working with Timo Maas and Martin Buttrich on a side project called "Format-3". Her 2008 song "Tear Down These Houses" was released as a part of the soundtrack to Parlami d'Amore, directed by Silvio Muccino.


For Skin's full discography, including tracklistings, see Skin discography.
For Skunk Anansie's full discography see Skunk Anansie discography.



With Skunk Anansie

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With Skunk Anansie

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  • Vocals on "Carmen Queasy" from Maxim's (of The Prodigy) 2000 solo album, "Hell's Kitchen" - UK Chart #33
  • Vocals on 'Serial Thrilla' by The Prodigy from the album The Fat of the Land
  • Vocals on "Licking Cream" from Sevendust's second album, "Home"
  • Vocals on "you can't find peace", by Pale3, which was made for the Tom Tykwer film "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" (the Princess and the Warrior)
  • Vocals on "Good Times", by Ed Case. UK Chart #49
  • Contributes vocals to "Still Standing" from "Unity – The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album"
  • Performs on "Kill Everything" from L'Empire des Loups OST.
  • Contributes vocals to "La Canzone Che Scrivo Per Te" on the album Che Cosa Vedi by Marlene Kuntz.
  • Contributes vocals on "Stagioni D'Amore" (Seasons of Love) from the sound track to the Italian film "Rent".
  • Vocals on "Meat" from Tony Iommi's album "Iommi".
  • Vocals on "Comfort of Strangers" on the OST to Time Code
  • Contributes to charity single "It's Only Rock and Roll"
  • Not an addict (with K's Choice)
  • Army of me (with Björk) - Live version on Top Of The Pops, May 5, 1995
  • Anti Love Song (Betty Davis cover) (Live on Taratata with Lenny Kravitz)[4]


  1. ^ Bayton, Mavis (1998). Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 191. ISBN 019816615.  
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 506. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 505. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  4. ^ Taratata n°119 - March 10, 1996 - (Video mistitled "He was a big freak")

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