Real Name : Deborah Anne Dyer

Born: 03/08/1967 (55 yo)
Birth place: Brixton, London (England)

Citizenship : United Kingdom

Occupation : Singer


Deborah Anne Dyer, known by the stage name Skin, is an English singer and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough and they later honoured her with an honorary degree. She is currently the lead vocalist of English band Skunk Anansie. Mavis Bayton, author of Frock Rock, an academic book about women musicians in Britain says that "women like Skin, Natacha Atlas, Yolanda Charles, Mary Genis, and Debbie Smith are now acting as crucial role models for future generations of black women."


Skin began her music career in Skunk Anansie who were a band often grouped as part of the britrock movement in the UK.Joining Skin in the line up for the band were Ace on guitar, Cass on bass guitar, and Mark on drums.

After forming in 1994, the band released three albums. Paranoid & Sunburnt, Stoosh and Post Orgasmic Chill sold over 4 million copies worldwide. They are best known for their single "Weak", but have had a series of other hits including "Charity", "Hedonism" and "Charlie Big Potato".

In 2001 the band decided to split. Ace released a solo album entitled Still Hungry, Mark became a replacement drummer for the band Feeder and Skin went on to pursue a solo career.

In 2008 drummer Mark Richardson confirmed reports that the band was reforming in an interview with Drummer Magazine (2008, November Issue), and said that the band planned to release a 'Best Of' as well as new material.

On 2 and 3 April 2009, two shows took place at the Monto Water Rats (the former venue of the Splash Club) in London under the alias SCAM (Skin, Cass, Ace, Mark).

A greatest hits album, Smashes and Trashes was also announced. The album includes three brand new tracks; "Because Of You", "Tear The Place Up" and "Squander". Videos of these new tracks are officially available on various sites.

Solo career

After Skunk Anansie split, Skin released her debut solo album Fleshwounds.[citation needed] The album was toned down from her Skunk Anansie days and did not gain the same acclaim from Skunk Anansie fans. She even ditched her trademark bald look and grew her hair into a boyish crop.[citation needed] While the album was not a massive success in the UK, two singles were released from it: "Trashed" and "Faithfulness". "Lost", a double A-Side with "Getting Away With It", was a planned third single but was pulled shortly before release;[citation needed] promo CDs were sent out to radio stations but it received no airplay. Elsewhere in Europe the album's success was greater. For example, in Italy it peaked at Number 6 in the album chart,[citation needed] and in Germany at Number 18.

After releasing Fleshwounds, Skin went on to perform various solo gigs around Europe. She was also support for the European leg of Robbie Williams' and Placebo's world tours.

Soon after touring she began to record her second album, Fake Chemical State, which was released for sale on 20 March 2006, preceded by new single Just Let the Sun two weeks earlier.[citation needed] The first single actually issued from this album was Alone in My Room, a download-only track released on 7 November 2005. 'Alone In My Room' was also the name given to Skin's first UK solo tour in two years, which commenced in Berlin in November 2005. For this album she shaved her head bald again, returning to the look she had in her Skunk Anansie days.

Skin's next solo outing was a small promotional 'Fake Chemical State' tour.[citation needed] It started in Glasgow on 17 March 2006. She went onto perform many festivals around Europe including Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Southside/Hurricane festivals in Germany. She performed on the main stage at most of these festivals.

In February 2008 she announced that she was working with Timo Maas and Martin Buttrich on a side project called "Format-3".[citation needed] Her 2008 song "Tear Down These Houses" was released as a part of the soundtrack to Parlami d'Amore, directed by Silvio Muccino.

Personal life

Skin is openly bisexual.

Websites & Social Networks




  • Fleshwounds (Initial release) - UK Number 43
  • Fleshwounds (Re-release)
  • Fake Chemical State



  • "Trashed" (June 2003) - UK Number 30
  • "Faithfulness" (September 2003) - UK Number 64
  • "Lost / Getting Away With It" (2003) Double A-side
  • "Alone In My Room" (November 2005) (Download only)
  • "Just Let The Sun" (March 2006) UK Indie Chart Number 27
  • "Purple" (Limited release in the Netherlands and download)
  • "Nothing But" (Promotional release in Italy only)
  • "Tear Down These Houses" (January 2008) (Italian release only) Italian Singles Chart Number 7


With Skunk Anansie


  • Paranoid & Sunburnt - UK Number 8
  • Stoosh - UK Number 9
  • Post Orgasmic Chill - UK Number 16
  • Paranoid & Sunburnt 2005 re-release with DVD
  • Stoosh 2005 re-release with DVD
  • Smashes and Trashes 2009 Best of Compilation including 3 new songs
  • Wonderlustre
  • Black Traffic



  • "Little Baby Swastikka" (1995) (Limited to 2000 copies released)
  • "Selling Jesus" (March 1995) - UK Number 46
  • "I Can Dream" ( July 1995) - UK Number 41
  • "Charity" (September 1995) - UK Number 40
  • "Weak" (January 1996) - UK Number 20
  • "Charity re-release" (April 1996) - UK Number 20
  • "All I Want" (September 1996) - UK Number 14
  • "Twisted (Everyday Hurts)" (November 1996) - UK Number 26
  • "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)" (February 1997) - UK Number 14
  • "Brazen (Weep)" (June 1997) - UK Number 11
  • "Charlie Big Potato" (March 1999) - UK Number 17
  • "Secretly" (May 1999) - UK Number 16
  • "Lately" (August 1999) - UK Number 33
  • "You'll Follow Me Down" (October 1999) - Ineligible to chart
  • "If This Ain't Love feat. Erick Morillo (January 2012)