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Skeletal Family is the name of an English Goth Rock and band which was formed in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in December 1982.

Note the present tense "is": like most of the original "positive-punk" bands, they haven't remained intact throughout all these years. The five-man lineup disbanded for the first time in 1985, when Anne-Marie Hurst left to form the band Ghost Dance with Gary Marx, who is better known for his work as guitarist and co-founder of The Sisters of Mercy. The band re-formed with the same name sometime in the mid-2000's (once Goth had become cool again), but with a bad case of both The Band Minus the Face and It's the Same, Now It Sucks! which caused them to disband again in 2009. Then Anne-Marie Hurst made a comeback in 2010, released one solo album, and rejoined Skeletal Family along with the other two founding members and two new musicians, so that the current lineup is now three-fifths the original band.


Not to be confused with Skeletal Tropes:

  • Broken Bird: Possibly the girl sung about in "Streetlight."
  • Cover Version:
    • "Stand By Me."
    • Ghost Dance examples: "Heart Full Of Soul," "Can The Can," and "Radar Love."
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Some pronouns about a love interest were changed from female to male for the aforementioned cover of The Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul."
  • Dem Bones: They call their logo "Skellie Man."
  • The '80s:
    • Don't forget the subcultures!
    • '80s Hair: Anne-Marie Hurst sported the "deathhawk" variant throughout most of the decade, but the cover of Ghost Dance's album Word to the Wise shows her with a more conventionally huge hairdo.
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "The Night."
    • Every single Ghost Dance song ever released is this.
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness:
    • All over the place, but tops out around level 8 prior to breakup #1.
    • The lyrics of Anne-Marie's material from Ghost Dance tend to sound considerably Lighter and Softer than those she released with Skeletal Family. They still mentioned sex and angst, but the sex was very much romantic and the angst was always in the process of being erased by The Power of Love.
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  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: As could be expected from an early gothic rock band.
  • Shout-Out: They took their band name from David Bowie's song "Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family."
  • Step Up to the Microphone: The version of "So Sure" appearing on Burning Oil is sung (growled?) by some of the male band members.
  • Woman Scorned: "She Cries Alone." Anne-Marie doesn't take on this role, though; the song is written about in third and second person ("she cries, she'll get you, she'll tantalize").


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