Skoptzies was the first Industrial Rock band in Memphis, Tennessee. The band got its name from an heretical 19th Century Russian Christian sect that practiced genital mutilation in order to avoid the temptations of the flesh.
Skoptzies, which operated from 1983 to 1985, dealt with themes such as gore movies, drug and alcohol abuse, Elvis Presley, Deep South Chrome-like dark psychedelia, and Southern-fried Gothicism.
After two cassette albums on which the band was trying out different approaches and personnel lineups, Skoptzies hit its stride with their third album, Working My Hand Thru The Wheel, which documented their live performance at the Antenna Club in Memphis on November 4, 1984.
On a special page devoted to Working My Hand Thru The Wheel you can read a review by Jerry Kranitz, a 2019 interview with Skoptzies band leader Chris Phinney, listen to the album, and view 18 newly-published vintage photos from live shows and promotional gore pics.
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I used to run Harsh Reality Music, started the label in 1982 releasing my own music in various groups. They were Mental Anguish, Pungent Odor who became The Skoptzies, Misfeasance, Macroglossia, RSVP which became Cancerous Growth, Viktimized Karcass, Planet Zero.