Skunkworks (album)

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Skunkworks cover.jpg
Studio album by Bruce Dickinson
Released 19 February 1996
Genre Alternative rock, grunge
Length 47:29
Label Castle
Producer Jack Endino
Bruce Dickinson chronology
Balls to Picasso
(1994)Balls to Picasso1994
Skunkworks (1996) Skunkworks Live EP
(1996)Skunkworks Live EP1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Skunkworks is an alternative rock album released in 1996 by Bruce Dickinson.

Originally, Bruce intended for Skunkworks to be the debut album of a band by the same name. However, the label would not publish the record under any other name than Bruce Dickinson. The album moved even further away from the progressive sound of his former band Iron Maiden into an alternative rock sound similar to bands such as Soundgarden. However, the support tour for the album was the first time Dickinson included a song from his former band, a slightly reworked version of "The Prisoner." Many of the songs lyrics are about science and technology. The band didn't last and for his next solo project, Accident of Birth, he teamed up again with guitarist Roy Z (from Balls to Picasso). The album was produced by Jack Endino, best known for producing Nirvana's first album. The album name refers to the code name for the military testing program.

In 2005, Skunkworks was re-released and the 2005 extended version included previously unreleased songs, along with the full Skunkworks Live EP.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bruce Dickinson and Alex Dickson, except where noted.

Original track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Space Race"   3:47
2. "Back from the Edge"   4:17
3. "Inertia"   3:04
4. "Faith"   3:35
5. "Solar Confinement"   3:20
6. "Dreamstate"   3:50
7. "I Will Not Accept the Truth"   3:45
8. "Inside the Machine"   3:28
9. "Headswitch"   2:14
10. "Meltdown"   4:35
11. "Octavia"   3:15
12. "Innerspace" Dickinson, Dickson, Chris Dale 3:31
13. "Strange Death in Paradise"   4:50

Track listing for the 2005 expanded edition (2nd CD)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer" Dale 3:53
2. "Rescue Day"   4:09
3. "God's Not Coming Back"   2:16
4. "Armchair Hero"   2:42
5. "R 101"   2:06
6. "Re-entry"   4:05
7. "Americans Are Behind" Dale 2:51
8. "Inertia (live)"   3:53
9. "Faith (live)"   3:23
10. "Innerspace (live)" Dickinson, Dickson, Dale 4:10
11. "The Prisoner (live)" (Iron Maiden cover) Adrian Smith, Steve Harris 5:44