Fane Flaws Profile

aka I Am Joe's Music
Gary Steel
21 Sep 2013

One of the most idiosyncratic and eclectic NZ artists, Fane Flaws’ discography spans the theatrical progressive jazz-rock of BLERTA, the nostalgic pure pop of The Crocodiles and the bizarre, Frank Zappa-like eccentricity of his one-off I Am Joe’s Music album.

More widely known for his quirky, surrealistic work as a visual artist, director of video clips for other artists and animations for the likes of iconic television music show Radio With Pictures, Flaws is the sort of ceaselessly creative spirit that doesn’t quite fit into any easy descriptive.

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I Am Joe's Music - The Way You Get Your Way (1981)
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SPATS recording 'New Wave Goodbye' at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977. L-R: Patrick Bleakley, Michael Knapp, Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent.
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Fane Flaws
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Fane Flaws + No Engine - My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
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Bend Featuring Don McGlashan - The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes
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I Am Joe's Music - Life In Asia (1983)
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I Am Joes Music - Talking About The Fridge (1986)
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Fane Flaws, 1979
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Spats - 'New Wave Goodbye' (1977)
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Fane's cover for The Holidaymakers 'Sweet Lovers'
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Tony Backhouse and Fane Flaws, Spats, 1977
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Bend featuring Chris Knox - The Underwatermelon Man
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BLERTA at the University of NSW, Sydney. Fane Flaws on left
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Fane, 1987
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Mike aka Fane Flaws with BLERTA at the Ngaruawahia festival, 1973 - from Affairs magazine
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Fane Flaws (animation) & Peter Dasent (music) opening sequence for Radio With Pictures (1987)
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Fane Flaws designed poster for BLERTA
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Fane Flaws with BLERTA
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I Am Joe's Music (1982
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The Muttonbirds - Dominion Road - Directed by Fane Flaws
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New Mistakes (2011)
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BLERTA in Australia: left to right:  Greg Taylor, Fane Flaws, Paul Murphy, Bernie McGann, Mick Lieber, Ian Watkin, Beaver
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Spats - New Wave Goodbye (1978)
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The Fane Flaws designed cover for The Narcs' 1984 self-titled album
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BLERTA with Fane Flaws on the roof and Bruno on drums
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Fane Flaws' original artwork for the debut BLERTA album, then named Organism
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Trivia:

In 1999, Flaws published his children’s book The Underwater Melon Man, which included a CD containing music by Flaws, Dasent and Baysting, and featuring cameos by Neil and Tim Finn, Don McGlashan, Chris Knox, Bic & Boh Runga, The Topp Twins, Dave Dobbyn and others.

Unsurprisingly, Flaws was drafted in to design the distinctive posters and other artwork for BLERTA, SPATS and The Crocodiles.

His first animation was an award winning title sequence for TV music show Radio With Pictures, in 1987. Its music was by former band mate (and now film composer) Peter Dasent.

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RCA


Mushroom Records

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