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Fane Flaws


Rodney and Juliet

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Fane Michael Flaws (born 1951) is a New Zealand musician, songwriter, and artist. He was a member of bands including Blerta, Spats and The Crocodiles. Until joining Blerta he was known by his second name Michael: Bruno Lawrence insisted Fane was a better name.


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When he was in The Crocodiles, he wrote the song "Tears" with Arthur Baysting . The single reached number 17 in the New Zealand charts .

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He wrote songs for the films Braindead and Meet the Feebles .

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He animated the titles for Radio with Pictures, a Television New Zealand programme featuring popular and alternative music.

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He is co-author, with Arthur Baysting and Peter Dasent, of the children's book The Underwater Melon Man and Other Unreasonable Rhymes. The book was published in 1998, a CD in 1999. In 2011, an edition was published with a DVD. Musicians appearing include Chris Knox, Jenny Morris, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Renée Geyer, Tony Backhouse, Bic Runga and Boh Runga, the Topp Twins, Che Fu & King Kapisi and Dave Dobbyn.

He also designs rugs, paints and creates assemblage art works from found objects such as demolition timber and building fittings.

Short film

  • Rodney and Juliet (1990)
  • Music videos

    Directed unless otherwise noted


  • Best Video at the New Zealand Music Awards, 1985 for The Narcs: Diamonds on China
  • Best Video at the New Zealand Music Awards, 1988 for Holidaymakers: Sweet Lovers
  • Best First Film at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival for Rodney and Juliet
  • Best TV Graphics, 1989 NZ LIFTA Awards for Radio with Pictures
  • Commercials

  • Lemon & Paeroa soft drink. (1991)
  • McDonald's (1991)
  • New Zealand Police – community service commercial on babysitting. (1981)
  • NZ Post (1991)
  • Rexona Dry Solid anti perspirant (1990)
  • References

    Fane Flaws Wikipedia