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'''These Animal Men''' were formed in Brighton in around
1990, signing to Hut records, an offshoot of Virgin Records
in 1993. They gained fame and/or notoriety with their first
few singles which featured many drug references on the sleeves
and in the lyrics.
Their first album "(Come on Join) The High Society"
was described by the music press, notably the NME, as being
part of the "New Wave of New Wave", (alongside contemporaries
S*M*A*S*H with whom they shared their first significant release
"Wheelers, Dealers, Christine Keelers").
Although this press attention undoubtedly contributed to
their initial success (even including a hosting spot on Top
of the Pops) the band tried to distance themselves from this
movement in interviews. This was perhaps because they realized
that when the press interest moved on to the next big thing,
Britpop, they would be left behind.
After a three year hiatus, punctuated by only one EP "Taxi
for These Animal Men", they returned with their second
album in 1997. "Accident and Emergency" had a remarkably
different sound with a prevalent hammond organ and a more
falsetto vocal style, with Alex almost completely eschewing
his previous punk sneer. The band image was also completely
changed from skinny-fit Adidas t-shirts and jeans to tight
leather jackets and pinstripe trousers, accompanied by matching
high feather cut haircuts.
Despite the reported difficulties encountered during recording,
including the firing of Stevie (and his replacement by Rob
from S*M*A*S*H), "Accident and Emergency" received
some critical acclaim, however it had little commercial success
and so, by 1998, the band were no more.
For what happened next, see the Now?