Stoosh is the second studio album by British rock band Skunk Anansie, released on 7 October 1996.

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Studio album by
Released7 October 1996
StudioGreat Linford Manor
(Milton Keynes, England)
LabelOne Little Indian, Epic
ProducerGarth Richardson
Skunk Anansie chronology
Paranoid & Sunburnt
Post Orgasmic Chill
Singles from Stoosh
  1. "All I Want"
    Released: September 1996
  2. "Twisted (Everyday Hurts)"
    Released: November 1996
  3. "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)"
    Released: February 1997
  4. "Brazen (Weep)"
    Released: June 1997

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Robert Christgau [3]
Rock Hard (de)9.5/10[4]
Sputnik Music3/5[5]

In 2005, Stoosh was ranked number 367 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listingEdit

1."Yes It's Fucking Political"Skin, Cass, Ace3:51
2."All I Want"Skin, Cass, Ace3:52
3."She's My Heroine"Skin, Len Arran5:03
4."Infidelity (Only You)"Skin, Cass, Ace6:00
5."Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)"Skin, Len Arran3:29
6."Twisted (Everyday Hurts)"Skin, Len Arran4:13
7."We Love Your Apathy"Skin, Cass, Ace5:11
8."Brazen (Weep)"Skin, Len Arran4:38
9."Pickin' on Me"Skin, Len Arran3:18
10."Milk Is My Sugar"Skin, Cass, Ace3:48
11."Glorious Pop Song"Skin, Cass, Ace4:18

Skin gave a track-by-track guide to Select:

  1. Yes It's Fucking Political "The main criticism we have had is that you can't mix politics and music, which seems like quite a fascist idea from music journalists. This song is about how everything is fucking political, and we'll always have that element to our music."
  2. All I Want "We wrote this song in America. We just kept bumping into these people whose only religion was money. It's a song about greed. It's not typical of Americans – just people who like hanging around bands."
  3. She's My Heroine "There's quite a few melancholic songs on this album, like this one. This is a song about how some things that you think are really good for you can also really fuck you up. I discovered this with someone I used to go out with."
  4. Infidelity (Only You) "The title is what it is about. We have a string quartet on a few songs on this album, which was arranged by Michael McKeegan, who works with Therapy?. He also plays cello and he's fantastic."
  5. Hedonism (Just Because It Feels Good) "This is one of my favourite lyrics on the album, just because it is so simple but says so much. As a band, you are forced into so many situations where you are pushed to just have a good time all the time, and you sometimes have to take a step back and see what success is doing to you."
  6. Twisted (Everyday Hurts) "I'm really not sure what this song is about! I wrote it while I was in a bad situation and, now I'm out of it, the song means something different. The lyrics are quite depressive, which goes against the whole happy groove of the music. It's a bit of an oxymoron."
  7. We Love Your Apathy "This song is about how we keep voting in the same piece-of-shit government, and how the Labour Party are condoning this apathy. I always vote, though. I like to have a voice, even if it is a tactical vote."
  8. Brazen (Weep) "This opens with quite a demonic laugh, which fits in with the dark, violent mood of the song. Like 'Twisted', this is about the extremely sad situation I was in."
  9. Pickin' on Me "We have never done a song with just guitar and vocals before, but it works well on this song. It was inspired by someone I knew at school who really wound me up and was always up the teacher's arse. You just knew he was going to grow up to be a policeman, and he did. It's about how racism really starts in the classroom."
  10. Milk Is My Sugar "This is a fucking disgusting song about sex. My mum asked me what it's about and I said breakfast and she believed me. I bet some squirmy little bastard will show her a copy of Select now!"
  11. Glorious Pop Song "This song was originally called 'You're Still A Strange One'. It was so poppy that we got worried that the record company would release it and that we would become known for it, like Extreme did with 'More Than Words'. When we recorded it, we covered it with swear words, so it will never be a single."[7]

Hidden tracksEdit

The album contains a number of hidden tracks and surprises for the listener. The first is hidden before the start of track 1, it is an instrumental mix of the song "100 ways to be a good girl" taken from the first album. After track 3, 7 and 9 there is a short jam (lasting between 0:35 and 1:30; altogether 3:39) which can be accessed directly by rewinding from tracks 4, 8, and 10 respectively. Technically it exists in the pause between the end of one track and the beginning of another. CD players can sometimes be seen counting down to zero while they play these hidden tracks. Some rippers will often append these hidden tracks to the end of the previous song (for example, when ripping the CD).

The final track, "Glorious Pop Song", ends at 3:43 and is followed by two seconds of silence followed by a recorded conversation which is mostly laughter that lasts for around 30 seconds.


Skunk Anansie


Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[8] 28


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[9] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[10] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[12] Gold 93,500[11]
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[15] 3× Platinum 300,000[14]
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[17] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[18] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[19] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom. "EW review". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Skunk Anansie Reviews". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ Kress, Hanno. "Rock Hard review". issue 114. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  5. ^ Davey Boy (3 August 2008). "Stoosh Review". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 61. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Select, November 1996
  8. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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  10. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1996". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Les Albums Or". SNEP. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  12. ^ "French album certifications – Skunk Anansie – Stoosh" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Skunk Anansie; 'Stoosh')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ Berne, Terry (24 June 2000). "Virgin". Billboard. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Italian album certifications – Skunk Anansie – Stoosh" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "2000" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Stoosh" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  16. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Skunk Anansie – Stoosh" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 19 November 2018. Enter Stoosh in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  17. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  19. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Skunk Anansie; 'Stoosh')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Skunk Anansie – Stoosh". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 November 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Stoosh in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.