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Image used on the group's page on Amorphous Records
Background information
Origin Lost Kingdom of Achtensfjord
Years active 1977 - 1991
Label(s) Amorphous Records
Website (Through
Former Members
Gootch and Kluskinsutch

Skuraiipeare (also written as Skr'prr, Skrieeuaipeur, Skeruipeupr, Skrieapr, Sckraypiuer, Skraper, Skrapuer) is a musical duo consisting of two sub-Arctic men named Gootch and Kluskinsutch. They hailed from the lost Kingdom of Achtensfjord, eventually coming to London to spread their bizarre and foreign music to the world.


The history of Skuraiipeare is archived by Amorphous Records on their (now defunct) index page:

Skraupier (a.k.a. Skr'prr, Skrieeuaipeur, Skeruipeupr, Skrieapr, Sckraypiuer, Skraper, Skrapuer.) These are various attempts at spelling in English the impossibly gutteral name of this musical duo who emerged on the pop music scene of the mid 70's just as glam, punk, disco, and new wave music were exploding. Skraipir consists of 2 very strange sub-Arctic men, Gootch and Kluskinsutch (they apparently do not possess last names.) Their music is an essentially futile yet beautifully complex attempt to capture their bizarre native music with Western technology and musical idioms, which were completely foriegn to them prior to their exposure to Western society in 1976.

At present, Amorphous Records is in the process of sorting out their unique tale, and preserving their baffling story and bizarre yet beautiful music. Fans of the band guard their rare bootlegged recordings, aware thay in many cases they possess the only known recording of a major Skraipuer track. Amorphous hopes to collect their most important works from their most prolific period, 1977-1991, into the first such collection known. This period covers all the known phases of the group's output, from their first performances on UK pirate radio, to the London disco scene, to the excess of the 80's, and subsequent triumph in the world of techno/industial/house where they broke all the rules (social and musical) and were breifly worshipped for it.

Skraipeur have an incredible history, starting with their mysterious origins as citizens of the lost Kingdom of Achtensfjord. When a British oil tanker stumbled across the island after a vicious storm threw it off course in late 1975, the Brits were astounded to discover a small yet fully functional society of arts and culture the likes of which no one had ever seen, a land where tall pointy hats, furry bare breasted ululating arctic queens and utterly incomprehensable musical instruments were the norm.

When the Brits convinced Skraipouer to come with them to London, they not only unwittingly brought their astounding music to the rest of the world, they also quite literally saved the only remaining scraps of the Achtensfjordur society. They were to be their Kingdom's heralds, intending to spread their culture to the rest of the world, and absorb and bring back what they found to share with their villiage elders. But it was not to be. For this completely isolated Arctic island culture was tragically decimated by secret Soviet nuclear tests, which were set off scant minutes after Gootch and Kluskinsutch had left. Witnessing this horror from the deck of the oil tanker mentally scarred them and introduced a dark and savage element to their work which would both inspire and eventually nearly ruin them. Amorphous Records is working closely with the surviving personell of the Skraipeuir story in an effort to document what is surely the world's last known truly unique culture, and its stunning music.

Snow Lust

Snow Lust is most likely a result of Amorphous Records' efforts to discover and archive the performances of Skuraiipeare during their most prolific period (The late 1970's, after travelling to London, through the early 1990's). By collecting and searching through UK pirate radio broadcasts as well as rare bootlegged performances from the 80's, the label was able to compile enough tracks to release a full album of Gootch and Kluskinsutch's work. In early 2003, the compilation was added to the Amorphous Records catalog labelled "(title TBA)", and by October of the same year, the name Snow Lust was added.

The album recieves a review from Amorphous Records executive director himself, Blantiss Fliangshemp, in which he states:

"What is Skkkraipr? The guardians of a lost culture? Madmen? Songs about Grandma Kluskie's ram's milk and molded cabbage chips are filled with an intensity that I sense today's jaded culture would "get into". Kluskinsutch and Gootch's unique and bizarre cultural backround permeates the music which is forced into a western model. The result is confusing and bizarre, but the adaptation of the 4/4 time signature brings the classic compositions of Ackhtennsfjyordland into the realm of intelligibility. They can be filed under: alt rock, world music, techno, new wave, disco and heavy metal. I look forward to getting them into a real recording studio."
An AllThingsWeezer post from Karl Koch confirming the titles of two Skuraiipeare songs

While the album has been officially released by Amorphous Records, it has never been available for purchase by the general public as all copies of it were reportedly "seized by border patrol". Two Skuraiipeare song names (likely to have been included in the compilation) were revealed by Amorphous Records affiliate, Karl Koch, in 2014, being "Khemikalsludj" and "Runn Ur Hend Thru Mi Furrest". A clip from the banned 1990 Skuraiipeare documentary was also slated to be added to the Amorphous Records website, however this has yet to be seen, and is unlikely to be added in the near future.

It is hinted at in Fliangshemp's review that there were plans to have Skuraiipeare record a second album at some point, however it is unclear if anything has come of this. There has been no further updates from Amorphous Records or the duo about a comeback.




  • Banned Skrapiuprier Documentary (1990)

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