N*E*W*S‎ > ‎

Flawed is Beautiful on PledgeMusic

posted Dec 7, 2015, 7:11 PM by Vu Nguyen

You know I'm a huge S*M*A*S*H and love These Animal Men (TAM), so I was pretty excited to hear about the documentary Flawed Is Beautiful about the two band (and the whole "New Wave of New Wave" movement in the UK).

Even if you couldn't care less about punk music or NWONW, you should really appreciate the fact that the film reunited these two bands together under one bill to play at Heaven in London last 11 September 2015 (with TAM's first live show in 20 years!)

I have not seen the film, but I did live through it ... at least via Melody Maker and NME and buying all the singles I could get my hands on: S*M*A*S*H, These Animal Men, Compulsion, Elastica, Sleeper, etc. So I feel I know a little bit about the story of how it happened. Eventually some of these bands graduated to what is known as Britpop.

If you want to know more about S*M*A*S*H, check out this exclusive interview with singer/songwriter Ed Borrie from January 2015.

If you want to own Flawed Is Beautiful on DVD (sorry, no Bluray) the filmmaker has launched a PledgeMusic Campaign. If they don't reach their asking goal then the film will not be made available to the public to own. Typical of these UK-based projects, it seems expensive to buy and ship the U.S.A. ($43 for the standard boxset), but may be worth it if you are a diehard fan.

The boxset is limited to 1,000 copies. The 2 DVD set will include some commentary and TV and live show performances. It also includes two rarities CDs and a 48-page book.

I have about three months to decide what to get, but come January, I may just splash out and pay about $70 to get my name in the film. Since I'm somewhat gainfully employed, I will support the artists I love.

Note about the (new) artwork, I believe it is drawn by Sue Doe, in the style of the old S*M*A*S*H cover artwork and is a recreation of These Animal Men's (Come On Join) The High Society album. Of course, if you live in the USA, you may not recognize it, as we got a different cover, featuring Julian Hewings holding up boxing gloves with the American flag. I still have my copy (along with Taxi for These Animal Men and Too Sussed?) somewhere in one of 10 CD boxes in my basement.

S*M*A*S*H will be playing live at Gigantic Indie All Dayer Vol 3 in Manchester with headliner The Wonder Stuff on 28 May 2016.