Skin (Peter Hammill album)

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Studio album by Peter Hammill
Released March 1986
Genre Art rock
Label Foundry
Peter Hammill chronology
The Margin
(1985)The Margin1985
And Close As This
(1986)And Close As This1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Melody Maker (bent on success) [2]
Vox (challenging) [3]

Skin is the 14th studio album by Peter Hammill, originally released on vinyl on Foundry Records in 1986 and later re-released on CD on Virgin Records. It was also released on CD by DaTE (a division of Line Music GmbH).

The album was notable for spawning that rare thing, a Peter Hammill single: "Painting by Numbers" appeared on both 7" and 12" formats. It was the eleventh (and until now last) single by Hammill. The B-side was the non-album track "You Hit Me Where I Live". This track later appeared on the Virgin CD release of the album. As usual, none of these releases entered the UK charts. The DaTE CD release included two extra tracks, the aforementioned "You Hit Me Where I Live" plus "Painting By Numbers (Extended Version)".

The album sees Hammill employing the Yamaha DX7, the first commercially successful digital synthesiser, an instrument which was typical for the sound of the 1980s and which he plays until today. He also made use of an Emu Drumulator drum machine.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Peter Hammill, except where indicated.

  1. "Skin"
  2. "After the Show"
  3. "Painting by Numbers"
  4. "Shell"
  5. "All Said and Done"
  6. "A Perfect Date"
  7. "Four Pails" (Chris Judge Smith, Max Hutchinson)
  8. "Now Lover"




  • Arun – cut
  • Coach – engineer
  • Neil Perry – engineer
  • Paul Ridout – engineer, cover art
  • Stephen Street – engineer


  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Skin > Review )))". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Peter Hammill Concerts". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  3. ^ Vox review
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Skin > Credits )))". Retrieved 2010-09-03.