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Lesley Rankine is Ruby. She began her career as the lead singer of noise band Silverfish in London, leaving after the release of the album Organ Fan (1993, Creation Records). She was involved in Pigface, the loose knit industrial noise collaboration of Trent Reznor and Martin Atkins of PIL. She subsequently moved to Seattle and joined producer Mark Walk, a former bandmate in Pigface, to create her solo project, Ruby. They decided on the name Ruby, as it was shared by both of their grandmothers.

Ruby’s first release was the acclaimed electronic-downtempo-trip hop album Salt Peter (1995, Sony/Work). The collection was created almost entirely electronically, employing computers without a band, though she did perform with a band in concert. The single “Tiny Meat” was a Modern Rock hit, with heavy support from major market alternative radio stations. The remix album, Revenge, The Sweetest Fruit followed in (1996). Ruby's second and last album was Short-staffed at the GenePool (2001), followed by Altered and Proud, the Short Staffed Remixes (2001).

Lesley’s other notable projects include an appearance on Monster Voodoo Machine's Suffersystem (1994, Chicago Trax), which won a Juno Award; a duet with Tom Jones on a cover of the “Kung Fu Fighting”, and a Mountain Dew commercial appearance singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", directed by Samuel Bayer.

2013 marks a renaissance for Ruby, taking touches from the past to emerge anew in the present. Always progressive with the use of technology in music, Lesley has more ways to play than ever. Her process will reveal regular audio and visual releases, collaborations, and connections with new fans and longtime followers.
 

Are you still here - could you not find the door
Do you still wonder what you're sorry for
The goal post's moved, it's not where it was before

And if I was stone - you'd inscribe me
Impervious - saturate me
If I could see - you would guide
If I was lush - you'd imbibe me

The mood has darkened - the way no longer sure
my heart has left me and my guilt is pure
I hope you find what you are looking for

'Cos I love you when you're not around

But if I was stoked- you'd entice me
If I were true - you'd indict me
It's obvious you ignite me
If I was lush
And if I was known - you'd describe
If I was strong - you'd sustain me
If I could see - you would guide me
If I was lush - you'd imbibe me

I love you when you're not around 

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