New Skin


About New Skin

"New Skin" is a song by American alternative rock band Incubus and was released as the second single from its second album, S. C. I. E. N. C. E.. It reached #21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1998. This song originally appeared on the demo Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout Root Beer in 1995. It was featured as the intro song to the PC game Motocross Madness 2 developed by Rainbow Studios. The song's bridge quotes Buckminster Fuller's quote, "Up to the Twentieth Century, reality was everything humans could touch, smell, see, and hear. Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality." The song was covered by The One Hundred for the Metal Hammer Goes '90s cover album. 


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At first I see an open wound
infected and disastrous
It breathes chaotic catastrophe
it cries to be renewed
Its tears are the color of anger,
they dry to form a scab
To the touch, its stiff and resilient,
underneath, the new skin breathes
As outwardly cliche as it may seem,
yes, something under the surface says,
"C'est la vie"
It is a circle, there is a plan
dead skin will atrophy itself to start again
Look closely at the open wound
see past what covers the surface
Underneath chaotic catastrophe,
creation takes stage.
Its all been saved
with exception for the right parts
When will we be new skin?
Its all been seen with exception for what could be
When will we be new skin?
Fallacious cognitions
spewed from televisions
do mold our decisions.
So stop and take a look,
and you'll see what I see now

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An incubus (nominal form constructed from the Latin verb, incubo, incubare, or "to lie upon") is a demon in male form who, according to a number of mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon sleepers, especially women, in order to have sexual intercourse with them. Its female counterpart is the succubus. An incubus may pursue sexual relations with a woman in order to father a child, as in the legend of Merlin. Religious tradition holds that repeated intercourse with an incubus or succubus may result in the deterioration of health, or even death. more »

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Song Details
"New Skin" is a song by American rock band Incubus from their second studio album "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." released in 1997.
Album Success
Though "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." didn't chart high initially, it gained popularity over time and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2001.
Musical Composition
"New Skin" stood out for its amalgamation of nu-metal, funk, and alternative rock, highlighting the band's versatility.
Emotional Connection
"New Skin" is often interpreted as a song about personal growth, change, and the shedding of past identities - symbolized by the metaphor of changing skin.
Live Performances
"New Skin" is a staple in Incubus live performances and is often noted for sparking high energy and audience participation.
Music Video
The music video for "New Skin," directed by Gavin Bowden, features a low budget, DIY-style aesthetic with the band performing in a swamp-like setting.
Chart Performance
Despite being one of the most popular songs by Incubus, "New Skin" didn't chart on the Billboards. However, it features on many fan-favorite lists.
Incubus went on to use a similar musical style found in "New Skin" as a template for their future works, helping them secure a distinctive sound in the rock industry.
"New Skin" embodies the band's love for experimentation since the song's release, Incubus has consistently maintained an edge in their sound by fusing together different genres.
Over two decades post-release, "New Skin" endures as an important work in Incubus' discography, spotlighting their ability to craft unique and compelling soundscapes.

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