Skum Rocks! To premiere at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival

Skum Rocks! To premiere at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival

Skum – The Greatest Band You Never Heard Of

Skum Rocks! Is a new film which 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.

The film is narrated By Alice Cooper, and stars Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Jon Stewart, Ron Jeremy, Steve-O and, of course, Skum + many other Hollywood stars from film, music and porn!

Global Film Premiere at Raindance International Film Festival, VUE Apollo Piccadilly Circus, London 26th September 2013

SKUM treated their shows like parties, booking venues in residential neighbourhoods 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 Rocks! To premiere at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival

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, SKUM ROCKS! attempts to sift truth from 20yrs of urban legend surrounding SKUM. A veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood & Rock royalty weigh in on the legend of SKUM, including Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper who appropriately narrates this bizarre story of fame claims, “These guys may have been naïve, they may have flat-out sucked; but nobody can say they didn’t ‘go for it’.”

The film takes a 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.


The 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”, – From the road crew they recruited from a soup kitchen, to the guitarist who was obsessed with Traci Lords, to the vast array of drummers that no body seemed to remember, to the original bass players who never learned notes; yet they managed to make it to the cusp of fame and fortune… only to watch it implode.

Coasting on critical acclaim as well as financial success the band embarked on a series of wild financial and business decisions. They turned down several offers from record companies and started recording under their own label: Refuse Records. Three years and several hundreds of thousands of dollars later (raised from friends and family) the band went bust.

Skum Rocks! To premiere at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival

The filming of SKUM ROCKS! led to the band reuniting more than twenty years after they disbanded. The “missing White Album” of their generation has been found and one of the most absurd acts of their time and place are back and planning to make a comeback as only they know how. New tracks have also been recorded at fabled Elvis haunt Sun Studios, and the band hope to be recording more music at Abbey Road Studios (a Kickstarter fund has been started) as they make their way to London for the world premiere of what has to be the craziest and funniest rockumentary of all time! Skum Rocks takes the rock documentary to a new level.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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