Doug Skinner: An Archive on Your Gizmo

Doug Skinner header image 1

Cabinet 55

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments


The latest issue of Cabinet, #55, is devoted to love. It contains a postcard with an excerpt from my book Horoscrapes. You can buy a copy, and send a Horoscrape through the U.S. postal system!

→ No CommentsTags: *Words · C


February 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Here’s a bio, for anyone who’s curious.

Doug Skinner has contributed articles and cartoons to Black Scat Review, Oulipo Pornobongo, The Fortean Times, Strange Attractor Journal, Fate, Weirdo, The Anomalist, Crimewave USA, Nickelodeon, Zuzu, Cabinet, and other fine publications. A collection of his comics and picture stories, The Unknown Adjective and Other Stories, was published by Black Scat Books in 2014.

His translations include Three Dreams (Giovanni Battista Nazari, Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 2002),  Considerations on the Death and Burial of Tristan Tzara (Isidore Isou, Black Scat, 2012), How I Became an Idiot (Alphonse Allais, Black Scat, 2013), Captain Cap (Alphonse Allais, Black Scat, 2013), Merde à la Belle Époque (various, Black Scat, 2014), and Selected Plays (Alphonse Allais, Black Scat, 2014).

He has written music for several dance companies, including ODC-San Francisco and Margaret Jenkins; his scores for actor/clown Bill Irwin include The Regard of Flight, The Courtroom, The Regard Evening, and The Harlequin Studies.

His own theatrical productions have included Starlight (1980), Pay Attention (1984), An Attractive Production (1985) and Eddie Unchained (1993). His puppet shows with Michael Smith have been seen everywhere from Caroline’s Comedy Club in Manhattan to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; a DVD is available from 2nd Cannons. In the ’90s, he often performed with the trio White Knuckle Sandwich (with Anne Shapiro and Jen Perez), their exploits included a CD and a jingle for MTV. Nowadays, he often performs his songs with Doug Roesch (guitar), David Gold (viola), and Ralph Hamperian (tuba).

TV and movie appearances include Great Performances, The ’90s, Martin Mull’s Talent Takes a Holiday, Ed, Crocodile Dundee II, and a smattering of commercials.

Nowadays, he lives in Manhattan, venturing from his garret occasionally to teach music lessons and to perform his music in discerning clubs and cabarets.

→ 3 CommentsTags: *Bio

Index Cards (75)

February 2nd, 2015 · 4 Comments


Place this in a stereoscope, blink your eyes rapidly in alternation, and watch what this young man can do.

→ 4 CommentsTags: *Index Cards

A Few Essential Principles

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

A song about the few essential principles that guide our nation.


→ No CommentsTags: *Music · F

Film Crew

January 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments

A song deploring the existence of film crews.


→ 2 CommentsTags: *Music · F

Birthday Show 2015

January 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Every year, I do a show around my birthday (January 7th). This year, I turned 60, and celebrated the aging at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater on January 10. Doug Roesch and Ralph Hamperian joined me, on guitar and tuba respectively. We played a program of my songs and instrumental music, with a couple of covers.

I’m Still Bitter
Oh Dear, Oh Dear
How Pleasant to Know Mr. Skinner
Love Me Unconditionally

A Few Essential Principles
Let’s Ridicule the Nightingale
Your Parents
Son of a Gun
Peepee Caca Fucky Fuck

Bread and Honey
Get on the Grid
The Workman’s Friend (words by Flann O’Brien)
Film Crew

Descriptive Pieces
Waltz (from Barbara’s Album)
Strike a Match in the Morning (from The Donner Party)
Stumbling Block (from The Regard of Flight)
Jackpot (from Hungry for Fun)
Bugs, Not Drugs (from White Knuckle Sandwich)

Don’t Talk to Me
Poor Papa (by Billy Rose and Harry Woods)
People Like You

encore: Please Go Away and Let Me Sleep (by James T. Brymn and R. C. McPherson)

→ 2 CommentsTags: *Music · *Stage · B

The Workman’s Friend

January 5th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Here’s my setting of Flann O’Brien’s poem “The Workman’s Friend,” from At Swim-Two-Birds, with viola and tuba accompaniment. Stirring, I hope.


→ 3 CommentsTags: *Music · W


January 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments

Here, if anyone’s interested, is an alphabetical list of the rounds I’ve written.

The Animals
The Bigot
Blackwell’s Isle
Captain Manning’s Catch
A Christmas Song
Common Sense
Ding Dong Bell (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Dr. Quack (verses from a card game)
Election Day (William Butler Yeats)
Give Me Clouds! (Remy de Gourmont)
Government Without Religion
Hero, Sword, and Fame (Ambrose Bierce)
Herrick 1-4 (Robert Herrick)
Homo Sapiens
The Imponderable Pillar of Worlds (Benjamin DeCasseres)
A Leaf (Remy de Gourmont)
A Martyr
Merdrigal (Léon-Paul Fargue, my translation)
The Moron (traditional)
Nature’s Way
No Noel
People Like to Lie
Philosophy: The Last Phase (Benjamin DeCasseres)
The Pigeon
Proverbs 1-7 (traditional)
Remember Me
To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing (William Butler Yeats)
To the Lions With Them! (Aleister Crowley)

→ 2 CommentsTags: *Music · R

Drops of Red

December 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Christmas is over, but the holidays are still with us. Be careful.


→ No CommentsTags: *Music · D

Homo Sapiens

December 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments


→ 2 CommentsTags: *Music · H