Last Rights (album)

Last Rights
Studio album by Skinny Puppy
Released June 30, 1992
Recorded 1991 - 1992
Genre Post-industrial, noise
Length 52:54
Label Nettwerk
Producer Dave Ogilvie, cEvin Key[1]
Skinny Puppy chronology
Too Dark Park
Last Rights
The Process
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
LA Times[4]

Last Rights is the seventh studio by Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy, released in 1992.[7] The album included a ballad ("Killing Game"),[8] a first for the group, as well as the dance-floor friendly track "Inquisition", and dense sound sculptures like "Download" and "Riverz End" (a joint remix of two tracks from the Rabies album, "Rivers" and "Choralone"). Amongst the numerous samples on the album, there are two taken from "The White Album" by The Beatles, with Revolution 9 and Helter Skelter featuring on "Love in Vein" and "Inquistion" respectively.

The album was supported by a tour, which would be Skinny Puppy's last for over 12 years. This was Skinny Puppy's last studio release for Nettwerk.


Track 10, "Left Handshake", was omitted from the album because the band was unable to get clearance for the Timothy Leary samples taken from Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, a recording for recreational background settings during LSD parties.[9] Henry Saperstein, owner of the copyright on the recordings in question, denied the band use of the samples (even though Leary himself did not mind). Bootlegs of the track were highly sought by fans. It was later released by the band as a limited edition CD called "Track 10" in 2000.[10] Several different mixes of "Left Handshake" appear to exist, one of which does not have Ogre's lyrics and has a much denser instrumental mix.


Initial pressings of the disc released in Australia, and possibly elsewhere, were flawed because the track divisions were off by 4 seconds. This means the first 4 seconds are missing from the album, and there are an extra 4 seconds of silence at the end. Other copies released in North America had the same issue, except the first 39 seconds of the album were missing. It should also be noted, on this pressing, the track markers follow the original track times, and thus the first song ends 39 seconds before the end of track 1, and likewise, each song after starts within the track before it.[11] Canadian Columbia House releases were known to have the CD art from Tormentor, a single from their previous album, while the music and all other artwork is correct.

No lyrics are included in the packaging, as Ogre considered them to be too personal.[12] "Love in Vein" was a planned single by the band and was prepared for release, complete with remixes and b-sides, but was cancelled and not released. Some of the material intended for release on the single was later released on the Brap: Back and Forth Series 3 & 4 collection in 1996.

Track listing

All tracks written by Ogre/Key/Goettel. 

No. Title Length
1. "Love In Vein"   5:35
2. "Killing Game"   3:48
3. "Knowhere?"   4:18
4. "Mirror Saw"   3:51
5. "Inquisition"   5:17
6. "Scrapyard"   3:54
7. "Riverz End"   6:40
8. "Lust Chance"   3:54
9. "Circustance"   4:36
10. "Left Handshake" (See "Production")  
11. "Download"   11:01
Total length:


Chart positions

Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 193


  1. "Last Rights Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. Allmusic review
  3. "'Last Rights' Review (May 22, 1992)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  4. Gold, Jonathan. "Skinny Puppy 'Last Rights' Review (August 2, 1992)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  5. Morrison, Dave (July 1992). "Sound Bites: Skinny Puppy - Last Rights". Select (25): 75. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  6. Sputnikmusic review
  7. "Last Rights". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  8. Bogdanov, V (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (3rd Edition). Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-653-X.
  9. Wolanski, Coreen (2002). "Skinny Puppy: Every Dog Has Its Day". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  10. Lim, Stacy. "Brap...The Skinny Puppy Discography". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  11. The Capitol USA CD release (CDP 7 98037 2) does not have any shifting of tracks and has a Track 10 lasting 0:00.
  12. Blackburn, Mark. "Skinny Puppy—When There's Something Strange". SPIN Magazine. Spin Media LLC (June 1992).
  13. "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
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