Cleanse Fold and Manipulate

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Cleanse Fold and Manipulate
Studio album by Skinny Puppy
Released June 25, 1987
Recorded 1987, Vancouver
Genre Post-industrial, electro-industrial, dark ambient, synthpop
Length 42:13
Label Nettwerk
Producer Dave Ogilvie, cEvin Key[1]
Skinny Puppy chronology
Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse
Cleanse Fold and Manipulate

Cleanse Fold and Manipulate is the third studio album by electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released in 1987.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Tim DiGravina of Allmusic said the album was "hard to recommend".[4] He went on to say while it did contain one of the band's best songs, "Deep Down Trauma Hounds", much of the album was ambient and fragmentary.[4] Still, he added, fans of industrial music will appreciate the album's formidable beats and coarse sound samples that seem to be generated from warping the sounds of heavy machinery. Perhaps more than other any place in Skinny Puppy's discography, Ogre's vocals work like spoken-word stream-of-conscious dementia, with more emphasis on evil tones than on any relation to their music. He concluded by saying the album was primarily recommendable to die hard fans.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All information from Allmusic.[1]

All music composed by Skinny Puppy.

No. Title Length
1. "First Aid"   4:29
2. "Addiction"   6:01
3. "Shadow Cast"   4:18
4. "Draining Faces"   5:12
5. "The Mourn"   2:41
6. "Second Tooth"   4:06
7. "Tear or Beat"   4:42
8. "Deep Down Trauma Hounds"   4:41
9. "Anger"   4:53
10. "Epilogue"   1:10
Total length:


Cleanse Fold and Manipulate is a cyclical album, the end of the track 10, "Epilogue" segues into the beginning of track 1, "First Aid."

In response to the cover's source image by Gilmore: "It is an image from the original 1960's movie of Village Of The Damned. There is a little tongue-in-cheek history behind using that image as the manager for Images In Vogue, a band that C. Key used to be in before Skinny Puppy, was a former child model from England and had a role in the movie. But the face on the cover was another child actor from the movie."

The song "The Mourn" is based on the extreme horror Guinea Pig film Flower of Flesh and Blood, and when it was written, they thought it was real. Footage from the movie has since been used in their live shows.

"Draining Faces" was featured on The Blair Witch Project soundtrack.


All information from Allmusic.[1]


  • Nivek Ogre – voices, lyrics, objects, audio sculpture
  • cEvin Key – synthesizers, guitar, drums, bass, voices, lyrics, sampling, sequencing, sounds, objects, radio, tapes, sequencers
  • Dwayne Goettel – synthesizers, guitar, drums, background vocals sampling, tape, sequencing, radio, sequencers
  • Peter Rave – guitar


  • Producers – cEvin Key, Dave Ogilvie
  • Engineers – cEvin Key, Dave Ogilvie
  • Mastering – Pete Norman
  • Cover artwork – Steven R. Gilmore


  1. ^ a b c "Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kern, Jay (2010). Skinny Puppy: The Illustrated Discography (Second Edition). Mythos Press. p. 25. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b c DiGravina, Tim. "Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 29, 2010.