Monday, February 19, 2007

Minimalist Synth Biscuit

The Flying Lizards

This is another album I honestly don't know a whole lot about. I do know that it was on Virgin, from the late 70s, and in the dollar bin. That's why I own it. I also know it was on the NWW list of experimental recordings, so it's got pedigree.

I just found out that Patti Paladin is a (the?) female voice on here. It's quite different than the Johnny Thunders records I remember her from.

The music is very arty and minimalist synth in nature. In many parts, this feels like the Young Marble Giants, but with more of a sense of humor. Like YMG, this record feels very quiet, even at volume. I also hear some Slapp Happy here, and it wouldn't surprise me to find out there were some common members of these groups.

The first song is kind of annoying, and kept me away from this record for a long time. The covers (Summertime Blues, Money) are what will hook you on this record, so you might want to start there. Once you get these, the rest of the album should make more sense.

I've been consistently surprised by what gets a lot of reader comment. I thought the Farm Band would bring it on, instead it was the Homosexuals and the cult recording. Let's see if this one gets the comment box filled.

9 comments:

Mark said...

I remember this record in High School. Their cover of Money was a new wave hit! Patti would later take up with Johnny Thunders. She also sang with Judy Nylon in the duo Snatch. I believe she is good friends with Chrissie Hynde. Thanks for the memories!

verdantone said...

here's a youtube clip of the Lizards doing 'Money' live on UK TV:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kHs-6xnMEdE

the male half of the Lizards was David Cunningham who went on to make some interesting records in the dub/ambien/soundtrack vein...

Shane said...

Oh, man! This is a great album. Have you ever heard their 'Top Ten''? It's an all-cover album. They take the life and soul out of "Purple Haze," James Brown, Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," and a few others. Great stuff.

Disco:Very said...

The first two albums by The Flying Lizards have been favorites of mine for years. The 2nd album is especially difficult to find but worth tracking down.

TBA said...

Is that Dock Ellis?!?! Is he a fan of the blog?

Jeez, if there's baseball fans out there, I'll have to post the Jack Brickhouse record.

jeremy said...

Actually, the "singer" is Deborah Evans (Deborah Lizard) on this 1st LP. Patti was on the second (great!) LP, Fourth Wall.

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al3xand3r91 said...

File not found. Can you pls upload it again... thanks a lot!

Ben said...

Can I request a repost too?