Who rocked the sh*t out of radio in the mid-90s with powerful in-your-face rock-songs like "Weak", "All I Want" and "Charlie Big Potato"? Whose singer reminds you of Grace Jones if only she'd put a pair of combats on and rocked out every once in a while? Oh and they reformed last year and are now set to play V Festival and Sonisphere, two festivals you can't afford to go to?
Skunk Anansie, of course, and they've only gone and announced their first full UK tour for 9 years. Calm down. I'm coming to that bit
November sees Skin and her boys hit the road for a jam-packed set of classics and new songs, starting in Manchester on the 13th and continuing on to Newcastle (14th), Nottingham (17th), Sheffield (18th), Leeds (19th), Bournemouth (21st), Bristol (22nd) and the big one - Brixton Academy on the 26th. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 28th April at 9am, so make sure you are poised with that mouse in the morning.
Last year saw the release of "Smashes and Trashes", a greatest hits album that surprised me with how many times Skin and co bothered the chart-compilers during their heyday. Put together by their old label, One Little Indian, it scraped into the album chart, faring far better around Europe (Belgium, Holland and the Swiss got all excited about its release). But, you won't be able to deny the ferocity of their live performances, certainly not any longer - oh, and the new songs are not bad either - "Squander", "Tear The Place Up" etc etc.