By 1987, music show Radio with Pictures was 12 years old — and producer (and future MTV Europe boss) Brent Hansen was looking for ways to inject some of the visual style now being exhibited by MTV. So he approached artist and musician Fane Flaws, and gave him carte blanche to create a new opening sequence. Animation was a new field for Flaws; but using the Eastern tinged, koto-driven composition ‘The Calamity Music’ (by his former Crocodiles bandmate Peter Dasent) as his theme music, Flaws created a unique and strikingly surreal piece that won two awards.
It was really primitive animation because I didn’t really know what I was doing. I animated by instinct which is kind of nice but it’s definitely not sophisticated.– Fane Flaws