Manic Eyes

SKIN  YARD

Manic Eyes
Fist Remixed Album Cover

Skin Yard (ST)


- 1986 -

Skin Yard's self-titled debut was among the earliest records from the Seattle grunge scene, and while the band regularly shared the stage with the other bands associated with that scene, they were in their very early stages, a unique amalgam of the strange brew that was churning in Seattle then with another influence not typically associated with grunge: the more complex textures and elements of some of the artier bands of the time like King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Killing Joke. Skin Yard's first record stands alone as considerably tighter, more polished and cerebral than the bulk of the heavy music coming out of Seattle at that time. Anchored by the rhythm section of Matt Cameron (later to play in Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) and Daniel House (who had been in a previous band with Matt, a three-piece instrumental outfit called FEEdbACK), the band included up-and coming producer/guitarist Jack Endino and singer Ben McMillan. Skin Yard's early sound is almost impossible to compare to anything then or since. Between Cameron’s razor-sharp precision on the drums, Endino’s savage guitar psychedelia and McMillan’s Bowie-esque croon, Skin Yard quickly became one of the bigger-drawing live bands in Seattle. These recordings have been completely remastered from the original source material and are available digitally for the very first time.

The Players: Other Albums:
Ben McMillan: vocals, sax on 6 Skin Yard (1986)
Jack Endino: guitar and slide, fuzz-wah-slide bass Hallowed Ground (1988)
Daniel House: bass, piano on Bleed, fuzz bass on She Shook Me Cold Fist Sized Chunks (1990)
Matthew Cameron: drums, percussion Fist Remixed (1990/2012)
*Jason Finn: drums on Bleed and Out Of The Attic 1000 Smiling Knuckles (1991)
  Inside the Eye (1993)
  Start at the Top (2001)
  The Perfect Lawn (Live)

The Players

Ben McMillan: vocals, sax on 6
Jack Endino: guitar and slide, fuzz-wah-slide bass
Daniel House: bass, piano on 11, fuzz bass on 16
Matthew Cameron: drums, percussion OD's on 6
Jason Finn: drums

Other Albums

Skin Yard (1986)
Hallowed Ground (1988)
Fist Sized Chunks (1990)
Fist Remixed (1990/2012)
1000 Smiling Knuckles (1991)
Inside the Eye (1992)
Start at the Top (2001)
The Perfect Lawn (Live)