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4 March 2021

Skin Tings, The New Podcast From Skunk Anansie Lead Singer and Absolute Radio Host, Skin

If you’re looking for a podcast that brings you closer to your musical heroes, from Debbie Harry to Paul Weller and Arlo Parks, then look no further than ‘Skin Tings’, the brand-new podcast from Skunk Anansie’s Skin.

Having been in the industry for over 30 years, Skin is a real authority on the music scene. Fronting a highly influential band, making records and headlining festivals, Skin has also become known for challenging stereotypes within the music industry, including the lack of opportunities for black women. Now acting as a crucial role model for the future generation of aspiring female musicians, Skin continues to make music and tour with Skunk Anansie while also hosting her new weekly Absolute Radio show every Sunday evening.

New podcast ‘Skin Tings’ which launches today (March 4th) is an extension of her radio show, featuring full-length interviews with famous friends, musical heroes and the most exciting up and coming talent. Listen in as Skin and a special guest each week relive past experiences, swap stories from on and off tour and look ahead to new music.

Speaking about the podcast, Skin said “My Absolute Radio show has been a brilliant opportunity to catch up with friends old and new and have a real heart to heart. But there’s only so much time on the radio! With each discussion so touching, interesting and inspiring, I wanted to give listeners the chance to hear the full uncut conversations in all their glory.”

Rock royalty Debbie Harry, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage’s Shirley Manson each feature in the first three episodes that have been released simultaneously today. Other upcoming guests include Paul Weller, Arlo Parks and Joan Armatrading.

Skin Tings is available to download every Thursday from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the Absolute Radio app,, and all mainstream podcast providers.


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Episode 1) Debbie Harry – released March 4th
An avid viewer of Top of the Pops when she was younger, one performance caught Skin’s attention so much it made her want to be a singer. In this episode of Skin Tings, Skin gets to chat to the very person who inspired her all those years ago, Debbie Harry.  

Skin and the Blondie icon discuss the term ‘punk’, Studio 54 and unexpectedly, the London Dungeons. 

Episode 2) Billy Corgan – released March 4th

In this episode of Skin Things, Skin caught up with her old mate, 90s music legend Billy Corgan.  

They spoke about Billy’s love for wrestling, the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Cyr, as well as the 25th anniversary of their legendary Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness record. 

Episode 3) Shirley Manson – released March 4th

Shirley Manson, lead singer and writer for rock band Garbage, and one of the world’s greatest redheads, joined Skin for this episode of Skin Tings. 

Skin & Shirley address what it was like being a woman in the 90s rock scene, they compare their experiences as frontwomen of male-dominated rock bands and Shirley chats about her acting career! 

Episode 4) Arlo Parks – released March 11th
Skin’s guest on this episode of Skin Tings is someone whose music she fell in love with when she burst onto the scene a year or so ago, Arlo Parks. 

Skin asks Arlo about her early influences, how she came to write plays when she was younger and being an up and coming artist during a pandemic. This, plus they look ahead to Arlo’s debut album release.  

Episode 5) Paul Weller – released March 18th
A legend of British music joined Skin on this episode of Skin Tings. Paul Weller has an incredible back catalogue and continues to release excellent records, as he and Skin discuss.  

They chat about the ways Paul experiments in the studio when making new music, how he developed his exquisite fashion sense and his experiences being a dad. 

Episode 6) Sam Bettens – released March 25th

In this episode of Skin Tings, Skin was joined by her friend Sam Bettens of K’s Choice to talk about his new project, Rex Rebel. 

Skin & Sam also discuss the necessity to cross genres as a musician, the benefits of taking music in fresh directions and how Sam’s band Rex Rebel mesmerised Skin when they first met. 

Episode 7) Joan Armatrading – released April 1st

Hugely influential and successful singer songwriter, Joan Armatrading, joins Skin for this episode of Skin Tings. 

They discuss how important observing people is to their success in songwriting, Joan also tells Skin how comedy records got her into music when she was growing up, and how she still struggles to plays in front of crowds. 

About Absolute Radio:
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