Skunkworks (album)

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Skunkworks cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 February 1996
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
ProducerJack Endino
Bruce Dickinson chronology
Balls to Picasso
Skunkworks Live EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

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

The singer had intended Skunkworks to be the debut album of a band by the same name. However, his label would not issue the record under any name other than Bruce Dickinson. The album moved from Maiden's progressive style to an alternative rock sound similar to bands such as Soundgarden, with lyrics about science and technology. Its name refers to the code name for a military testing program. It was produced by Jack Endino, best known for producing Nirvana's debut album Bleach.

"I had this argument with [Maiden manager] Rod [Smallwood]," Dickinson recalled, "and he told me, 'You're a heavy metal singer. You can't change. You can try, but you're stuck with it.' I object to that… I don't mind being a heavy metal singer, but I object to anyone telling me I can't fucking change… Anyway, off we went into the Skunkworks thing… At the end of it all, I was gutted. I should have had a grunge career right then, because I was very angry, very disaffected and I was poor."[2]

Despite his musical evolution, the tour for the album was the first on which Dickinson included a song from his former band: a slightly reworked version of "The Prisoner." The band didn't last and, for his next solo project, Accident of Birth, Dickinson reunited with guitarist Roy Z (from Balls to Picasso).

A 2005 rerelease of Skunkworks included previously unreleased songs, and the Skunkworks Live EP.

Track listing[edit]

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

Original track listing
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 Dale3:31
13."Strange Death in Paradise" 4:50

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

1."I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer"Dale3:53
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"Dale2:51
8."Inertia (live)" 3:53
9."Faith (live)" 3:23
10."Innerspace (live)"Dickinson, Dickson, Dale4:10
11."The Prisoner (live)" (Iron Maiden cover)Adrian Smith, Steve Harris5:44



  1. ^ Skunkworks at AllMusic
  2. ^ Classic Rock #36. January 2002. p. 44. Missing or empty |title= (help)