A rather odd band, Skatenigs rose to prominence after
lead singer Phil Owens got together with
mainman Alain Jourgensen, the two working together in Revolting
Cocks for a time.
A 1991 single ("Chemical Imbalance") got the ball rolling, and
a short time later the band signed to Megaforce Records.
As the story goes, Jourgenson produced the debut
album Stupid People Shouldn't Breed
, but refused to
take credit for it, causing a rift between Owens and
Jourgensen that apparently lasted for some time (though
this has changed in recent years, with the two working
together in a new incarnation of Revolting Cocks).
A second album, What A Mangled Web We Weave
was released two years later, but the band never recorded
again, though as late as 2000 a new album was promised.
Stupid People is an intriguing listen, if a bit uneven.
It merges both industrial and rap metal (two influences
that aren't often together) in a rather interesting manner.
In certain places the Ministry influence is quite obvious --
in particular, "Loudspeaker" and "Poundsauce" sound like
Psalm 69 outtakes, right down to the drum sound, samples,
and Owens' vocal style.
Elsewhere ("I Got It Made") the rap influence is far greater,
and other tracks show the band experimenting with some
On Mangled Web the band seems a bit more focused, resulting
in an album that is less diverse but perhaps more consistent,
still fusing rap and Ministry-style industrial metal.
Lance Von Moulder
Stupid People Shouldn't Breed
- Chemical Imbalance
- I Got It Made
- Stand Tall
- Shit Authority
- Horny for Evil
- Fight da Suckas
What A Mangled Web We Leave
- Passion for Destruction
- Texas Tattoo
- Family Values
- Sign the Dotted Line
- My Carmel Cookout
- Ranch Apocalypse
- Rip Off
- Phil Owens
- Billy Jackson
- Mat Mitchell
- Lance Von Moulder
- Wendy Nelson
- Chip Fisher