“Skum Rocks!” to Premiere at Colony Theatre March 5th to Benefit CHARLEE

Miami Premiere Flyer

On Thursday March 5th, the long awaited World Premiere of “Skum Rocks!” narrated by Alice Cooper will finally screen for the fans!  In what Michael Wench has called ‘the most important rock and roll film of the past thirty years,” “Skum Rocks!” will unleash its stark look at one of the most controversial bands of  the past forty years.

The night, all to benefit CHARLEE of Dade County will bring the stars out in Miami.

With an old Hollywood style premiere, complete with celebrities, red carpet, spotlights and limos will give Miami a night to remember. “What they are doing here is really amazing,” said film director Clay Westervelt. “This film deserves a large premiere, just the scope of the celebrities in this film is astounding and to launch this massive project and doing something great for CHARLEE, well, to me thats just what this band is all about.”

“CHARLEE has been serving children and families in Miami-Dade County for almost 32 years.  We are extremely grateful that CHARLEE was chosen as the beneficiary of the Skum Rocks premiere and after party,” said Executive Director Suzy Schumer.  “The funds raised from the event will allow us to continue to provide vital services in our community..”

The film premiere and red carpet will be at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road with the after party concert at Miami’s Grand Central.

“We wanted to do something for the city which has embraced this band.” said rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook. “This city is like a second home to me and this just feels good to do.”

In typical Skum fashion, the after party will be over the top with Quiet Riot and Eddie Money  on stage with Skum as well as special guest The Urge. “This will be the homecoming people will be talking about for years, to finally show this story and play on stage with the likes of Eddie and QUIET RIOT. You can make this up,” said lead bassist Pat Burke.

“Charity is a passion of mine,” said Guitarist John Eaton. “To do this event and have this all benefit CHARLEE, who is not going to go to a classic time and hear some great rock and roll. Anyone who knows us will be there to show the country what this city can do for this great cause.”




Hart and Wayne Newton Rock Out in Miami


Hart-Wayne Nov2014

Saturday Night at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami was the glitzy and glamorous Miami Make a Wish Foundation 20th Annual Ball. And if you looked into the corner of the massive ballroom, away from all the glitz and pomp, you would have seen none other than legendary performer Wayne Newton, sharing some laughs with Skum’s lead singer, Hart Baur.

Wayne and Hart were out at the star studded event in support of the Make a Wish Foundation, the organization whose mission it is to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions, a mission that Wayne Newton describes as “fabulous”. They were also there to in support of fellow performer Diana Ross, who starred in the evening’s “Oz Reimagined” theme.

“What can I say?” asked Hart. “Wayne is a legend, and when I learned he would be at this event, it was all the more reason to attend. We were able to catch up, and had a great conversation.”

Wayne was excited about the upcoming Miami premier of “Skum Rocks!“. “I love Alice Cooper,” he said. “Alice is in the rock and roll hall of fame for a reason, and anything he signs on to is a must see. And I’m proud of the Skum guys. There’s is a great rock and roll story, and I wish them all the best.”

“I was joking about Skum playing Vegas next year, and told Wayne we could stay at his house,” said Hart. “He laughed.”

“Not happening, ” added Wayne. “I heard what the guys did during their stay in Memphis. Besides, have you seen Tommy Craig’s house?”

“It was a great night for a great cause,” added Hart.  “Plus, hanging with Wayne was special. Hope he can make the premiere.”

Skum Rocks in Hollywood’s Vampire Lair


Lair of the Hollywood Vampires

Lair of the Hollywood Vampires

After the sold out Dances With Films premiere of their film “Skum Rocks!”, narrated by Alice Cooper and held at Hollywood’s fabled Chinese Theatre, the Skum guys headed off to the only place fitting to celebrate, the famed Rainbow Bar and Grill, on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Skum members John Eaton, Tommy Craig and Hart Baur, joined by a few select fans, were whisked away for a special night upstairs at the Rainbow, in the exclusive Lair of the Hollywood Vampires, where Alice Cooper once presided over one of the most infamous private clubs in Hollywood folklore.

Hart with long time fan Jonas Cedergren in the Lair

Hart with long time fan Jonas Cedergren in the Lair

“Not too many people know this is here,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “I  used to come to the Rainbow all the time back in the 80’s but never went up there, so this is a special night.” The story of the Rainbow’s Vampire Lair is a true Hollywood legend. It’s where Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Mickey Dolenz, and others, would come to hang out, and talk, and do other things. “Alice had told us about the Lair, and we wanted to see it, but to get the VIP treatment was unexpected, and much appreciated,” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “We are now among the few who have been in the Lair and lived to tell about it.”rainbow

The guys spent about 2 hours there, relaxing after the Skum Rocks! premiere, and were able to kick back and talk with the fans who managed to get in with the band. “It was a great day,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “The film premiere rocked, we played to a packed house, and the crowd loved it!  And then to come to the Rainbow, and to have Mike just totally take care of us and get us into the sacred room, was the icing on a great week here in Hollywood.”

Famed rock journalist Johnny LeRue, who was also at the Rainbow that night covering the band, and for a sit down with drummer Tommy Craig, said, “These guys, Skum, are adding another rock and roll chapter to the legend of the Lair. They don’t let a lot of people up there, much less party there.” “We’re coming back here soon,” said Eaton. “Once we sign this TV deal, we’re playing the Hollywood Whiskey. That will be episode one.” —

Pat Burke Hosts Brunch and Richard Petty at Charlotte Speedway

Richard Petty with Pat Burke and friends.

Richard Petty with Pat Burke and friends.

Even the casual Skum fan knows that Pat Burke is a huge NASCAR fan and can often be seen in the VIP areas of all the major race tracks, so it was only fitting that he hosted his annual ‘Summer’s Here Brunch’ at one of his favorite race tracks the Charlotte Speedway.

Joining Pat was bandmates John Eaton, Tommy Craig, famed attorney Walter Bruning and Pat’s guest of honor, good friend NASCAR legend Richard Petty.

Pat went all out in honor of the band’s film “Skum Rocks!” narrated by Alice Cooper about to premiere in Hollywood at the world famous Chinese Theatre and brought in celebrity chef’s Chefs Buddy and Nicole Barker of Blowing Rock as well as Chefs and Todd and Kim Hartley of Watauga Culinary Kitchens to cater the event and they put out a  spread that was well worth the travel.

With a menu that included Chilean tiger shrimp over grits, Orleans style chicken wings, pan seared scallops topped with Virginia sugar cured bacon,  carving and omelet stations and a wide selection of desserts, the guests were in good hands.

“It was great to have my bandmates here, and also to see Richard again and that he took the time to stop by meant a lot to me,” said Pat. “I have been a huge fan of his since the 70’s, so pretty cool. I was telling him about the premiere and he was excited about it.”

“Pretty exciting,” said Petty. “I wish I could be out there, but I have some commitments I have to honor but can’t wait for it to hit the theaters. I love Alice Cooper!”

Afterward everyone watched the All Star Race from Pat’s private suite on the first turn and enjoyed the open bar sponsored by Ridge Wines and Plantika Vodka.

“Outstanding event,” said John Eaton. “This just gets me in the right mood for Hollywood. Seeing Richard and joking with him that I want to race him, great guy.”

“I have been coming to Pat’s annual brunch for years,” added drummer Tommy Craig. “But this one blew them all away. You had Richard Petty and Cam Newton stops by, I mean it is crazy. Can’t wait for the world to see this film.”

“It was a great day,” added Pat. “I love hosting and Ridge and Plantika Vodka not only ran a great open bar, but their hostess looked great and that really makes an event.”

Limo service for the ‘ Pat Burke’s Summer’s Here Brunch’ was provided by Blowing Rock Shuttle Service.



John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood – Country Cooking!

John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood

John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood

On Sunday Skum’s lead guitarist John Eaton joined friend and country superstar Trisha Yearwood at her country style brunch held at the Loew’s Miami Beach.  The brunch was a highlight of the Miami Wine and Food Festival, an annual event that attracts scores of celebrities and celebrity chefs from around the world,

Trisha not only hosted her brunch, but many of her dishes were on display for all to taste and to top if off and she even played a five song set for sold out event. Tickets were impossible to get, but the band was well represented as John was there to support Trisha with her event.

“Brunch on the beach with Trisha? Are you kidding me? Great way to end the Food Fest”, said John who even got behind the table and whipped up some omelets for thrilled guests.

“I couldn’t believe John Eaton was cooking my omelet”, said Food Fest patron Robin van Calcar who flew in from London, England for the festival. “I look up and he asks me if I want some mushrooms and salsa. “Only in Miami!”

“I told Trisha that next year we should do something special with the whole band and she was all in. She was giving me a hard time that we didn’t ask her to join us on stage last month.”

“Martika is great and I love her but I would have loved to do it,” said a smiling Yearwood.  “But I did hear it was a great compilation.

“I met Trisha a few years ago at her wedding to Garth and always loved her music,” said John. “When our friends come into town we always make it a point to get out and support them.  It is what makes this band great.”

MFW INTERVIEW: Skum Rocks! Boys Just Want to Have Fun

Skum Rocks!: Boys Just Want to Have Fun
Posted on October 11, 2013 by Andy Markowitz on Musicfilmweb.com

Alice Cooper with Skum

Skum Rocks! narrator Alice Cooper with (from left) John Eaton, Hart Baur, Todd Mittlebrook, and Pat Burke of Skum.
Malcolm McLaren famously declared that the Sex Pistols couldn’t play, which (except for Sid Vicious) was patently untrue. Skum actually couldn’t play, and that was kind of the point.

Skum was launched in 1984 by Hart Baur and Todd Mittlebrook, soccer players at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Another teammate was Jon Leibowitz, who later changed his name to Stewart and tried his hand at comedy.) Lacking any musical background, they gained a regional following despite – or perhaps because of – their skill at not performing at their own booze-soaked gigs.

After graduating Baur and Mittlebrook moved the band to Miami, this time with some guys who could play. They partied with celebs, got courted by record labels, separated investors from their money, and flirted with actual fame – until the tapes of their would-be debut album, Lost at the Circus, were lost in an automotive mishap. By ’91 Skum was done, a footnote to the mad excess of the hard rock ’80s.

That’s the tale told in Skum Rocks!, a music documentary directed by Clay Westervelt that had its world premiere late last month at the Raindance Film Festival in London. And if it sounds implausible, Skum is back to tell you it’s all true, as Baur and Mittlebrook told me in a phone interview the day after the movie’s London debut.

The band – frontman Baur, “rhythm bass player” Mittlebrook, guitarist John Eaton, bassist Pat Burke, and drummer Tommy Craig – has remade Lost at the Circus, adding bonus covers recorded at the world’s two most famous studios, Sun in Memphis and Abbey Road in London. They’re looking for a distributor for the movie, which is narrated by Alice Cooper and features cameos from dozens of rock, entertainment, and adult-entertainment personalities of Skum’s acquaintance, including Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Traci Lords, and members of KISS, Ratt, and Motley Crue.

And judging by their website and the media links dotting it, they’re not taking any of it too seriously and having a roaring time self-promoting, which seems to fit what Baur says has been Skum’s metier all along. He calls Skum Rocks! “a story about a bunch of guys who pursued the American dream in a very unorthodox fashion.” Cooper’s narration puts it more directly: “These guys may have been naive, they may have flat-out sucked, but nobody can say they didn’t go for it.”

MFW: When I first heard about this I was a little skeptical – I lived on the East Coast all through the ’80s and never heard of you guys. Now, I was in Maryland, and I understand you were mainly working Virginia to Florida, so maybe I was just a little too far north.

Hart Baur: We were a band that wouldn’t play clubs. We’d play our own events. We always wanted to be in control. We would book our own shows where we would get a yard, get a couple of bands to open up for us, put the money up for the kegs, and then suddenly you’ve got a thousand people and you’ve got a huge night going on. In the early days we never even really wanted to play. It was a lot better to be the headliner and then have some reason not to play, because we weren’t that good back then. It became more of an urban legend, did-you-actually-see-them-play thing. That completely countered anything that a real band would try to do. A real band would try to actually get there and play. We wanted to get on the bill, headline, and then not play.

Which begs the question, why be a band?

Todd Mittlebrook: If you lived in Maryland you’ve probably been to Williamsburg, Virginia. [William & Mary] is a great academic school, but it’s a boring town. There wasn’t even a damn bar. We were pretty close on the soccer team, and we wanted to meet more girls, and the way to do that is to form a band. The drummer, Hart, and myself formed a band, and then we quickly realized that we needed some help in the guitar area, so we brought on another guy by the name of Jon Tarrant. The band was around for eight years, and there’s a clear delineation. For the first three years in Virginia it was kind of a college band, a house band. We had a great time, got bigger in sort of a grass roots fashion.

HB: When we’d play it would be an event. We’d spend four or five weeks promoting the event. It would have a theme. Some bands play every weekend, three times a weekend – that defeats the purpose. We had a show. It was like, “Oh my god, they’re actually gonna play!” We might not play because the cops came and broke it down, or something would happen. Things would happen that would go wrong before the show, or after the second song the power would get cut. It was all planned out to get out of actually playing.

Did that piss people off?

HB: Not really. The band was fun. There’s no pretension, there’s no egos, there’s no “we’re writing songs that are gonna save the world.” People who would go see our shows had a freakin’ blast, whether we played or not. They’re there, they’re getting beer. We had some shows where we had a two-shot cover charge – you didn’t have to pay, but you had to take two shots at the door to get in. People were getting laid, it was just crazy. And we took that attitude to Miami when we got the real musicians.

Hart Baur (left) and Todd Mittlebrook in Skum’s early days.
There’s footage in the film of some of those shows. Did you guys shoot stuff? Was it just sitting around in boxes?

HB: It was all on VHS tapes. We dug through, we found it. It was amazing, all the photos we found. I was thinking, how in the hell did someone take all these pictures? I didn’t have a camera. There are some tapes of stuff that happened, I’m watching the tapes – oh my God, my wife’s in the next room, I’ve got to get this off. It’s like some orgy thing that we filmed. I didn’t even remember that being filmed.

It sounds like there might have been a lot of stuff going on that you wouldn’t remember.

HB: Oh, yeah, yeah. That’s what I’m saying. You went to the show and we didn’t play, but you woke up and you’d scored with a hot chick. “Man, I’m coming back. [Laughs] I don’t know what happened but I’m coming back. That was the best rock show I’ve ever been to.”

But at a certain point you guys did have actual musicians and started writing proper songs.

HB: Correct. A lot of the songs we wrote in the early days were restructured a little bit. We wrote them and we didn’t know what we were doing when we were writing them, but when John Eaton came in, he’d say, “This is a great song, let’s put this bridge here, let’s move the verse here.”

We’re really proud of [Lost at the Circus]. It’s a really good rock album. From a musical standpoint, it stands on its own in terms of hard rock, a punk, funk, poppish kind of sound. John Eaton is a brilliant guitarist. Tommy Craig is probably one of the best unsigned drummers in America. He session-ed with Duff [McKagan] and Slash a couple of times out in LA. When Steven Adler was getting run out of Guns ‘n’ Roses, he was in the pool of drummers to possibly replace Adler, but they went with Matt Sorum. But he’s at that level. And Pat Burke, the bass player, is just a straight up – he’s the quarterback of the musical team.

Todd, you’re credited as rhythm bass player. What’s a rhythm bass player?

TM: It’s a bass player who’s not too good but still wants to be in the band, so the band needs a better bass player to function.

Why did you decide that you wanted to become an actual band, as opposed to this performance art project of putting on gigs but not playing?

TM: That’s a good term, “performance art project.” I think the answer is, we were always the same people. We have always been friends first and a band second. We were always just a fun group of guys. But as soon as we started playing in Skum, the perception of who we were changed. Suddenly we were, for some cosmic reason, a lot more interesting to speak to. That’s pretty addictive. We wanted more.

The fact that you guys went to Florida, and primarily Miami – is that where you came into contact with all these celebrities who are in the film?

TM: Miami used to be a small town. When we moved down there South Beach hadn’t happened, there weren’t that many places to party. There was a place called Fire and Ice that was off the hook. We played a lot there. When people were in town they came there. It’s not like we went out to find these people. We didn’t seek some of the porn stars, we just became friends with them.

So everyone who’s in the movie is actually someone who did see the band or knew you guys back in the day?

TM: That’s right. Obviously we were closer with some people than other people. When people came into Miami, they came to Fire and Ice, and that’s how we got to know everybody.

HB: We had connections with a company called Cellar Door Productions [a major East Coast promoter in the ’80s and ’90s]. We had an in with one of the guys who worked with them, he would get us backstage passes to all the shows. We almost opened up for a couple of big acts. At the end it didn’t go through, but we’d be backstage, hanging out with these guys. It was a lot different back then. Now all the acts are a lot older. They get offstage, get on a bus, and go. Back in the ’80s it was a party. Backstage was backstage. People who hung around our group had fun, and that was really what the thing was all about. It never was about the music.

So how did it end? And what happened to the album?

HB: The tapes were being taken to be mastered. The guy who was driving ‘em, he never – his car was stolen, and the tapes were [supposedly] lost. The band at that point, people were like, it’s time to get a real life, time to get jobs. It wasn’t as driving as it had been two or three years before. You get older and decide, I’ve maybe got to be more realistic here.

Why did you start up again?

HB: It was the tapes. This guy called me, I guess it was five years [ago] now, and said, “I have a box with a bunch of shit in there, and your name’s on the side of it.” I go, “What’s in the box?” “Well, there’s boxes in the box.” “What’s in the boxes?” He opened them up and said, “Looks like there’s tapes.”

Was this the guy who had the car that was stolen?

HB: No, no – they’d put the tapes in the wrong car. It was a clusterfuck. This guy drove around with the box in his car for, like, 10 years, and he sold his car and put the box in his bathroom. Then one day he cleans his bathroom and he goes through the box – what’s in this thing? You know how boxes accumulate, it’s just there, you don’t ever look in it. So we went and looked at ‘em, and yeah, those are the tapes all right. The tapes were not in good condition. Pat, being the quarterback, said, “If we’re gonna do this we’ve got to re-record everything. If we’re gonna do it, let’s do it the best we can, because this is now our legacy, this album.” So we re-recorded everything, and we did the Sun studio thing, which was cool, because we’d never recorded a cover before. The only cover we ever did live was, we played a federal prison in Miami and we opened the show with “I Fought the Law.”

How did the movie get rolling? Whose idea was it?

HB: We started to film the remaking of the album. Someone got wind of that out west, then Clay Westervelt got wind of that. He started doing some research. He picked this up, we had a long talk, he read a lot of the old press clippings. He was like, this is really, really interesting. He started realizing who we knew, and from that it kept growing and growing and growing. It became much bigger than any of us expected. But we are guys who just sort of roll with it. As long as it didn’t interrupt our real world and our real lives and our families, we loved it and embraced it.

From the stuff I’ve seen on your website and the trailers, you guys are almost pushing it as a comedy.

HB: It is a comedy. We poke fun at ourselves. We revel in the fact that we were basically, from a musical standpoint, a bunch of fuckups who had a good time and didn’t take it seriously. It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do from a professional perspective, but it was what we did.

Are you going to try and make it stick now that you’ve gotten back together?

HB: Well, we’re gonna release the album. There’s talk of a TV show in the US, we’ll see what happens. I’m not gonna get on a tour bus, [do] 50 shows. Unless they throw an incredible amount of money on the table. But I’d love to play a couple shows here and there, and go from there.









Media Contact:
Elliott Stares
Tel: (305) 490-1985
Email: Elliott@esprinc.com

London Contact:
Todd Mittlebrook
Tel: +44 074 294 68711
Email: toddmbrook@gmail.com

“SKUM ROCKS!” narrated by Alice Cooper to premiere at Raindance International Film Festival

Date: September 26, 2013

Time: 8:45pm

Location: VUE Apollo Piccadilly Circus, Theater #5, 19 Lower Regent St, London, SW1Y 4LR

SKUM ROCKS! chronicles the unbelievably true story of SKUM, the band who gained substantial popularity on the East Coast of America in the 80’s despite the fact that none of its members knew how to play their instruments. An overwhelming manipulation of the media led to their rapid rise in popularity, such that their main objective became inventing new and creative ways to get kicked off stage without actually playing.

 Alice Cooper with Skum

SKUM treated their shows like parties, booking venues in residential neighborhoods or near hospitals and libraries – where they’d expect to get shut down for noise ordinances. If that didn’t work, they’d throw out free beer to the college crowd while calling the cops to report underage drinking. Either way, they timed their stage appearance moments before the sirens and flashing lights arrived, guaranteeing a “good show” for their fans.

SKUM founding band mates Hart Baur, Pat Burke, John Eaton, Tommy Gunn and Todd Mittlebrooke all tell their side of the story, an absurd tale of the quest for the American Dream – fame without talent, effort, or ability.


Directed by Clay Westervelt (producer of Popatopolis, HBO’s Miss You Can Do It, and other documentaries), SKUM ROCKS! attempts to sift truth from twenty-years of urban legend surrounding SKUM. A veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood and Rock royalty weigh in on the legend of SKUM, including Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper who appropriately narrates this bizarre story of fame before feat. Cooper’s narration in the film claims, “These guys may have been naïve, they may have flat-out sucked; but nobody can say they didn’t ‘go for it’.”

SKUM ROCKS! takes a hilarious look at everything that can go wrong when a group of guys with no real direction gets into a position of power. With an amazing ability to garner investors, combined with no ability to deliver on empty promises, their rock and roll train derails quickly.

This film is a sordid tale of a rock band growing bigger than it should have, scamming their way into the hearts and wallets of hundreds of investors. SKUM was a band that couldn’t be bothered with such musical banalities as “practice” and “learning chords”, yet they managed to make it to the cusp of fame and fortune… only to watch it implode.


The filming of SKUM ROCKS! led to the band reuniting more than twenty years after they disbanded. They have recently appeared on the cover of US Rockstar Magazine (March edition), “Good Morning Phoenix”, “Big 105.9 FM Miami’s Paul and Young Ron Show” as well as others. They plan to finally release previously unheard tracks on a new album, along with brand new “comeback” tracks recorded at fabled Sun Studios.


All territories worldwide are available for this film.


The band will be recording a bonus track for their upcoming album “Lost at the Circus” at London’s Abbey Road Studios on September 25th. They will also be filming the pilot for their upcoming TV Show during their week in London. The band will be available for interviews in the studio during their recording session. Later that night they will walk the Red Carpet in support of Raindance International Film Festival at VUE Cinemas Leicester Square, London.

Pre-screening interviews can be arranged at either location or by phone with any member of the band and the director, L.A.’s Clay Westervelt.

Please make early interview requests for Abbey Road as these slots will fill up quickly.





Skum Featured in ‘Brevard Live’!

John Eaton, Walter Bruning, Hart Baur, Tommy Craig, Pat Burke, Todd Mittlebrooke

Skum was recently featured in the September edition of Brevard Live, with an in depth article article written by Brevard Live’s Music Editor Heike Clarke. Clarke recently visited with the band while they were in the studio at The Zone Productions in Melbourne, Florida putting the final touches on the long awaited album ‘Lost at the Circus.’

The boys took some time off to sit down with Clarke who was there as a guest of lead bassist Pat Burke. Clarke, who covered Pat, John and Tommy when they played in the Scoobee Doos in the mid 90’s, is a mainstay on the Space Coast music scene.

Clarke listened to the story of the making of the film, and listened to a few tracks and had a great time hanging out with the guys. She asked questions about the past and more importantly the present as the band is in the final stretch with the album.

Producer Mark Brasel was upbeat with the article and visit. “It was great to see Heike, she is such a good friend to the music community here and she learned about what these guys are doing, which is pretty cutting edge if you ask me.”

The Brevard Live article is the first to feature the band in the studio as they are usually very secretive about their recording methods. Explained Burke “we have been friends with Heike for years when she used to cover the Scobbess. She is totally cool and a great writer, so it worked out great.”

Rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrook added ‘it was great to do a sit down with Heike and we all enjoyed the break. Awesome article, she did a great job with it and I can’t wait to get back to The Zone to finish this up.”

You can check out the article at www.brevardlive.com –

Joanna Angel to Star in First Video for ‘Lost at the Circus”

Joanna Angel Models Skum Tank Top on Lincoln Road

Joanna Angel has agreed to star in Skum’s first video for the song “Bad Checks” in what will be the first single off their long awaited album “Lost at the Circus” in what already is raising controversy in music circles.

“I would love to be in the video,” said Angel looking great in a Skum Tank Top while in Miami for Exxxotica 2012. “I hope we are able to workout the schedule when they are ready to shoot it.”

Kym Whitley

Not everyone one is on board. Comedian Kym Whitley when asked if she will also appear in the video was a bit more direct. “Fuck no I’m not going to be in the video! What the fuck is wrong with those guys?” said an exasperated Whitley.

The video, which is in its fourth re-write, has drawn wide criticism from several mental health, family and media based organizations for it’s controversial theme after a copy of the script was leaked though an unnamed LA based website. A MTV executive who asked that his identity not be disclosed, said he read the stolen copy of the script and stated “there is no way MTV will play this as it is written now. This is simply a disturbing take on the modern music industry and frankly I am offended that this has even made it this far.”

Countered rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrooke “who cares what MTV says. I mean do they even still play videos? I haven’t watched that channel since 1991 when they stared doing those lame skit shows. This is more a VH1 vechile anyway.”

With no shoot scheduled, the video clearly is still in the developmental stage, but that hasn’t stopped the ferocious writing and re-writing that is taking place.

“This is going to be an epic album and we want to launch it with an epic video,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “This isn’t going to be a bunch of guys in Members Only jackets standing behind venetian blinds strumming their instruments. This is going to make people take notice.”

The video, as it is shown in the third re-write is timed at 7:45, of which it can be cut down to 4:15 for TV play.

“The intro lead in is non-negotiable,” said lead guitarist John Eaton.”That stays and we are all 100% on board with that. It is a brilliant lead in, that is all I am allowed to say. This is going to set the bar for modern video making the way Bowie did with “Blue Jean back in 86′. Just a little edgier and the girls will be much better looking.”

“I haven’t seen the fourth draft yet, but I sent in my recommendations,” added lead bassist Pat Burke. “OK, I can see some people getting a bit unnerved with the scene behind the 7-11, but as far as the taxi cab shoot and the rest of it, well it seems pretty straight up rock and roll if you ask me. I really can’t see the issues with some of this. People are going to just have to deal with it.”

“We’re shooting a video? Are you sure? When is this happening?” asked Tommy Gunn. “Nobody told me anything about this. No one ever tells me anything. Does Tommy Craig know about this?”




Bruning and Martindale Shoot Scene for ‘Skum Rocks!’

On Saturday morning the ‘Skum Rocks!’ film crew headed over to Miami Beach for the shooting of a hilarious scene for the upcoming the movie ‘Skum Rocks!’. The scene entails two members of the band’s entourage that are caught abusing their power of access granted by the band, to get young girls. What else is new?
The band’s tour manager, Steve Martindale, was in bed wearing his colorfully printed boxers totally mesmerized by Errabella Victoria’s sexy attire. “They told me I would be with someone hot, and they weren’t kidding. It’s just like the old days with these guys, never a shortage of beautiful women. I hope we tour again.” But sparkling sequenced bras and tight black miniskirts were not the only highlight of the day, witnessing Victoria jolt across the room in 6 inch heels as Martindale chased after her to no avail, was quite an experience.
“[It was a] great shoot with the guys. This film is over the top, I can’t wait to see this. ” Errabella further explained her past experiences running in heels, saying “its not easy.”
If this didn’t already have you bursting into laughter, Walter Bruning and Tiffany Hayden’s simultaneous and morally questionable emersion from the bathroom in scanty attire would surely have you in tears.
Hayden said she “[absolutely] loved it. Being a part of this is totally cool.” Her cheetah print corset and matching heels had the whole crew salivating, “The shoot went well, Errabella and Tiffany looked hot as hell, and Walter is the best” said Erix Mercedes, camera man and editor.
The shoot was a definite success and Bruning’s words summarized the day perfectly, “I loved the ladies, and this was all about them. Its always about them.”
Andrea Rey