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Entertainment Skunk Anansie’s Skin on being shunned in the Britpop era: 'I felt very outside of it'

14:45  23 october  2020
14:45  23 october  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Skin stood out in the 'four white guys and guitars' scene – bald, with thinly-plucked brows They were also deemed Britpop outsiders from the very first few lines of early tracks like “Selling Jesus” How do you feel vulnerability is shown in Skunk Anansie ’s songs? I think vulnerability is key to being real.

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In 2004, Skunk Anansie were named as one of the most successful UK chart acts by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, after racking up a total of 142 weeks in the charts. Yet, singer Skin says she felt like an outsider during the whole Britpop era of music.

Skin et al. standing in the grass: Skunk Anansie, group portrait, London, United Kingdom, 1995. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images) Skunk Anansie, group portrait, London, United Kingdom, 1995. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

Speaking on White Wine Question Time, the 53-year-old singer said she decided to write her new memoir It Takes Blood And Guts, so she could tell her alternative view of that time.

“I think this is a good time to tell an alternate story,” she told host Kate Thornton.

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Skunk Anansie has cultivated a successful career outside of the rigid parameters of mainstream popular Well, I think that our fans are very passionate about us. We are not a nostalgic band, in the sense Yes, it is , but a lot of early music from Skunk Anansie could address what is happening now.

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“It's a good time to kind of like say what was happening from someone who probably at the time – well, definitely at the time – wasn't really included in it and felt very outside of it and thought that was quite a deliberate move.”

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Even though Skin was the first Black woman to headline Glastonbury in 1999, she said that many people at the time just didn’t get her.

“I would be in situations all the time where I knew that people didn't get me and people didn't understand me,” she revealed.

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“You've got something in front of you that you don't understand and you have the power, so it's actually easier to ignore it and to pretend it doesn't exist because then you lose that feeling of uncomfortability and vulnerability and you have all the power and you feel good again.”

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Skunk Anansie is a British rock band whose members include Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (bass, guitar, backing vocals), Ace (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Richardson (drums and percussion). Skunk Anansie formed in 1994, disbanded in 2001 and reformed in 2009.

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Mark Richardson et al. posing for a photo: LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 4: Martin Kent, Mark Richardson, Skin and Richard Lewis of Skunk Anansie, group portrait, backstage at Brixton O2 Academy on 4 February 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Entertainment UK LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 4: Martin Kent, Mark Richardson, Skin and Richard Lewis of Skunk Anansie, group portrait, backstage at Brixton O2 Academy on 4 February 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)

She continued: “People were like ‘Skunk Anansie have sold millions of records, but I just don't like her voice’. They couldn't say we weren't good. They couldn't say we weren’t popular.

“They couldn't say we didn't write great songs, so they just kind of didn't write about us because they didn't know how to write about us.”


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For Skin, being different was something she had to deal with from a young age as she explored the music that meant something to her.

“I had to find my way to rock music because nobody handed me a guitar at five years old and said, ‘Play that love’,” exclaimed Skin.

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“And nobody played me a Beatles record at 10 and said, 'Why do you like this?’ I had to find these things and go search for them because my community was black music and was R&B and was reggae.”

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She also had the added pressure of “trying to be a good Christian girl” and finding herself among people who wanted her to “be religious in their way.”

“I had all those questions and I had to leave Brixton,” she told Thornton. “I had to leave everything and just go and be a new person with a new bunch of people and find myself.”

Another reason Skin was keen to write her memoir with pal Lucy O’Brien was to give a different perspective about the music of the ‘90s.

a man wearing a suit and tie: There was more to '90s music than Britpop including artists like Bjork and Goldie (Image: Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Entertainment UK There was more to '90s music than Britpop including artists like Bjork and Goldie (Image: Getty Images)

“There were all these books coming out about Britpop, Britpop, Britpop, Britpop  and I was like, 'Do you know, there's something else to say about what was going on in the nineties?'” the former Masked Singer said.

“It wasn't just Britpop. Of course, Britpop was massive, but there were so many other things going on at the same time. There was Bjork, there was Goldie, there was RnB all black girl groups, there was drum and bass, there was trip hop.”

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“There are other stories and those stories are just as right as Britpop story. Not that I hate Britpop – I love Britpop!”

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Having had time to reflect over the life and career for the book, Skin says she has no regrets about choosing the career and life that she did.

David Bowie, Beverley Knight, Skin are posing for a picture: Mick Jagger, David Bowie And Pete Townshend At The David Bowie Party At Pop, Soho Street, London - 1999, David Bowie, Beverley Knight And Skin (Of Skunk Anansie) At The David Bowie Party At Pop, Soho Street, London (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Entertainment UK Mick Jagger, David Bowie And Pete Townshend At The David Bowie Party At Pop, Soho Street, London - 1999, David Bowie, Beverley Knight And Skin (Of Skunk Anansie) At The David Bowie Party At Pop, Soho Street, London (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

“I love that I've created a life where I wake up every day and it's like, 'What's today going to be like? What's the fresh new challenge?',” she laughed.

“There's a lot of mistakes and there's a lot of failure in that, but then there's also fun and I always kind of feel that it's worth it”

Hear Skin talk about headlining Glastonbury, finding love and the lessons she learnt in lockdown on the latest episode of White Wine Question Time. Listen now on iTunes and Spotify.

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