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Skinny Puppy's Music Was Used for Torture, So They Invoiced the Government

Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 when cEvin Key, inspired by punk-dance grind of Throbbing Gristle and darker edge of Cabaret Voltaire, left his band Images in Vogue to create music with "big sounds" beyond the current crop of new wave synthesizer-forward bands. Working with singer Nivek Ogre, Skinny Puppy's industrial sound garnered immediate underground support.

Constantly pushing the sonic envelope, the band eventually proved a strong influence on acts including Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. Ironically, Skinny Puppy's music was also an influence on U.S. government interrogators, who co-opted the band's music (without permission) to sonically torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

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Glenn BurnSilver
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