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These Animal Men were a UK band achieving minor fame in the 1990s as part of the New Wave of New Wave and splitting, after 2 albums, in 1998.
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.