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Biography

Borne from the ashes of the much troubled JAGGED EDGE, who split in 1992 with the departure of vocalist Matti Alfonzetti and drummer Fabio Del Rio. The remaining members - guitarist Myke Gray, (following a brief 1987 liaison with UFO) and ex-TOKYO BLADE bassist Andy Robbins - quickly enlisted ex KOOGA vocalist Neville McDonald and former BRUCE DICKINSON and VAMP drummer Dicki Flizcar. The new group initially went under the names PHOENIX and the equally brief OBSESSION. In fact, prior to adopting the SKIN tag, as OBSESSION the band toured Britain in 1993 supporting KISS OF THE GYPSY.

As SKIN the quartet flew in the face of the Grunge fad by peddling a potent mixture of youthful aggression married to classic Rock stances, not a million miles away from 80's era WHITESNAKE. The formula worked and SKIN benefited from a string of hit singles and useful television appearances.

Having been seen to pay their dues with a wealth of live appearances all over the country, SKIN, never afraid to hit the road, appeared at the Castle Donington 'Monsters Of Rock' festival in 1994. UK shows throughout July and August saw BABY STAFFORD as openers. The band then toured Britain once again headlining sell out shows with support act CROWN OF THORNS in December. By the end of the year the band had performed over 100 live shows.

SKIN started 1995 by appearing as special guests to THUNDER on their spring British tour and, interestingly, earlier in the year SKIN released an extremely limited edition live CD featuring many cover versions from their Borderline shows.

Sadly, SKIN have marred their progress with an overkill of cover versions. Songs covered include 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' (THE CLASH), 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' (IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS), 'Pump It Up' (ELVIS COSTELLO), 'This Planet's On Fire' (MONTROSE), 'Speed King' (DEEP PURPLE), 'Unbelievable' (EMF) and to cap it all 'The Muppet Song'.

split from EMI in 1996, but undaunted were soon back into the recording studio with producer Andy Reilly to record the 'Big Fat Slice Of Life' album for Japanese release. The album was re-released, rejigged and re-named 'Experience Electric' for a British release the following year with new material and re-recorded songs.

In 1997 the band released the new studio album 'Experience Electric' and would tour with WHITESNAKE in Europe during October.

contributed to JEFF PARIS's 1997 album 'Smack' and the following year both Gray and McDonald guest on JEFF PARIS's 'Freak Flag' record.

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