It doesn't make you right (oh no),
Just because you feel good,
Still want you here tonight..."
Skunk Anansie are a British Alternative Rock band formed in 1994. Their heyday was from 1994 to 2001 before they broke up. They reunited in 2009 with a lower profile. They attracted a lot of press at the time for having a singer who was black, female, bald and openly bisexual with a black bass player and white drummer and guitarist in contrast to the normal "four straight white guys" profile of 90s alternative rock bands. Skin, the outspoken lead vocalist often tackled racism and homophobia in both their songs and concerts.
The band is named after "Anansi", a spider-man Trickster God (no relation to the comic book character) from African folk tales and the slang term for a strong version of cannabis.
- Skin - lead vocals, guitar, theremin (1994-2001; 2009present)
- Martin "Ace" Kent - guitar, backing vocals (1994-2001; 2009present)
- Richard "Cass" Lewis - bass, guitar, backing vocals (1994-2001; 2009present)
- Mark Richardson - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1995-2001; 2009present)
- Paranoid and Sunburnt (1995)
- Stoosh (1996)
- Post Orgasmic Chill (1999)
- Wonderlustre (2010)
- Black Traffic (2012)
- Anarchytecture (2016)
Tropes applying to the band:
- Alternative Rock
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Skin is a Bald Black Leader Girl.
- Careful with That Axe: Skin, sometimes.
- Funk Rock / Funk Metal: Think a British, female-fronted Rage Against the Machine and you almost get the idea. Almost.
- Male Band, Female Singer: As was common for female-fronted bands in Britain at the time.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Everywhere from a 1 to a 7. But 5-6 was typical for them.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Frequently headed into this territory- while rooted in Alternative Rock and Funk Metal, they also dabbled in acoustic ballads, orchestration, Drum and Bass and Hip-Hop influences and more.
- Protest Song: Many, of which "Intellectualize My Blackness", "Little Baby Swastikkka" and "Yes It's Fucking Political" are merely the most obvious examples.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: "Intellectualise My Blackness" is a vicious attack on white male liberals whose claims of anti-racism and feminist allyhood are little more than hollow virtue signaling.