Paranoid & Sunburnt

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Paranoid & Sunburnt
Skunk Anansie Paranoid and Sunburnt.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 September 1995
StudioGreat Linford Manor
(Milton Keynes, England)
GenreAlternative rock, punk rock, Hard rock, alternative metal
LabelOne Little Indian, Epic
ProducerSylvia Massy, Skunk Anansie
Skunk Anansie chronology
Paranoid & Sunburnt
Singles from Paranoid & Sunburnt
  1. "Little Baby Swastikkka"
    Released: November 1994 (promo)
  2. "Selling Jesus"
    Released: 25 March 1995
  3. "I Can Dream"
    Released: 17 June 1995
  4. "Charity"
    Released: 2 September 1995
  5. "Weak"
    Released: 27 January 1996
  6. "Charity"
    Released: 27 April 1996 (reissue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(neither)[3]

Paranoid & Sunburnt is the first studio album by British rock band Skunk Anansie, first released in 1995 via One Little Indian Records. It was re-released in 2005 with a DVD featuring the videos to the singles. This album was recorded with the band's original drummer, Robbie France, but he is not featured on the cover. The album, featuring a mix of controversial protest songs (mainly about politics and religion), peaked at #8 in the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Skin, Len Arran; except "Weak" and "And Here I Stand" written by Skin, Ace, Richard Lewis, Robert France.

# Title Length
1. "Selling Jesus" 3:45
2. "Intellectualise My Blackness" 3:45
3. "I Can Dream" 3:51
4. "Little Baby Swastikkka" 4:04
5. "All in the Name of Pity" 3:23
6. "Charity" 4:33
7. "It Takes Blood & Guts to Be This Cool But I'm Still Just a Cliche" 4:12
8. "Weak" 3:34
9. "And Here I Stand" 5:14
10. "100 Ways to Be a Good Girl" 3:58
11. "Rise Up" 4:05


Five singles were taken from Paranoid and Sunburnt, four of which were commercially released.

"Little Baby Swastikkka" was the first release from the album. It was not a commercial release, however. It was a radio single and only 2,000 copies were pressed.
"Selling Jesus" was the first commercial single release from the album. Released on 25 March 1995, the single peaked at #46 in the Official UK Singles Chart.
"I Can Dream" was the follow-up single released on 17 June 1995, and charted at #41.
"Charity" was the third single released on 2 September 1995, and charted at #40. It was re-released in 1996 (see below).
"Weak" was the fourth single released on 27 January 1996, and charted at #20.
"Charity" was re-released on 27 April 1996 and its peak chart position was greater than the original release. It peaked at #20.


All tracks written by Skin and Len Arran, except:

All tracks produced and recorded by Sylvia Massy and Skunk Anansie. Mixed by Andy Wallace. Recorded at Great Linford Manor Studios.


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[4] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Platinum 300,000^

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


  1. ^ Parisien, Roch. "Review: Paranoid and Sunburnt - Skunk Anansie". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  2. ^ Langer, Andy (16 November 1995). "Review: SKUNK ANANSIE - Paranoid & Sunburnt (Epic)". Nick Barbaro. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. ^ Consumer Guide: Skunk Anansie
  4. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Skunk Anansi – Paranoid & Sunburnt" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 19 November 2018. Enter Paranoid & Sunburnt in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Skunk Anansie – Paranoid & Sunburnt". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 November 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Paranoid & Sunburnt in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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