The Flying Lizards Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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while they are only remembered for their deadpan version of money with banjo accompanyment, there are many fun tracks on this disc. i really would like to hear the 3 bonus tracks too. other standout cuts include an electronic instrumental that would fit right in a fripp/eno record, the danceable funky "russia" the so bad it's funny opera "der song von mandelay" or the cheesy organ ballad "tv" that ends with the band playing "nose flutes".
i can clearly hear this album's influence in solex's second album "pick up". if you like flying lizards, you might like her too. she kind of sounds like a cross between lizards and portishead if it was fronted by cyndi lauper. if amazon has an audio file, check her out. it's really a shame that they don't have files for this lizards' album as it is an essential new wave classic of the same caliber as early devo or talkingheads.
i like the album so much, i've bought it THREE TIMES! really. i lost my first copy, wore out my second, and bought my third as an import at an auction for a clean copy and because of the full color inner sleeve.
if you like silly experimental music that makes you tap your foot, you can't go wrong with flying lizards' 1st album and the two album on one cd "daft" by the art of noise. solex sounds a little more detached and serious, but her off kilter vocal rhythms and cutesy voice are infectious.
i also have the flying lizards "secret dub life" which sounds nothing at all like "lizards it truly is a dub album. an instrumental dub album devoid of "lizards'" tongue in cheek playfulness.Read more ›
The album blew me away...the female vocalist has a distinct voice, well spoken with a tongue in cheek attitude. Her enunciation only adds to the stark but alluring beat of the songs. Money is perhaps the most accessible of all the tracks but the other tracks that stand out are TV,the line "I knew you'd go far in my white convertible car..." just ouses class and a certain seductive tone the way the lead singer intonates those words. One very unique feature of the Flying Lizards is to make the mundane interesting just by the nasal very slow pronounciation.
A very refreshing version of summertime blues, slowed right down to accentuate the boredom associated with "summertime blues". The interruption of US senator to announce there is nothing he can do if he can't get her vote is kind of out there but humerous.
The amazing thing about this album is the variety of themes and sounds on it. One song appropriately called guitars is just that, a lot of guitar noise. Something only the 'Lizards would get away with doing. Contrast this with the next song which is plain eery, called The Window. References are made to vampires and like adding a darker side to the album.
Following this is Tube, which is a very experimental song, light and cruisy in its intro then kind of blending into a mish mash of discordant sounds which somehow achieves a very funky sort of sound. The last song on the album is an extended version of Money - a brilliant one I might add
All I can say in wrapping up is this band were and still are extremely underrated.Read more ›
Dub techniques are used throughout the album to great effect, whilst the arrangements on the aforementioned four highlights are superb. The other songs like Her Story and The Flood are not as memorable and are mainly percussive explorations, sometimes with muffled vocal samples. Tracks like Trouble and Events During Flood fall into the ambient category, being quite moody and evocative instrumentals. This CD reissue contains three new tracks, including the single edit of Money. Those whose musical tastes include artists as diverse as The Residents, Material, Was (Not Was), Lene Lovich and Meredith Monk will definitely love this album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in excellent condition. This hard-to-find CD has the best rendition of "Money, That's What I Want" ever, I think.Published on October 18, 2008 by P. D. Woce
I won't drop the dough on the import, but I have dumped the old vinyl into the computer, and it has never, ever gone out of rotation at my house. Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by Andy
This 1979 album from the experimental band Flying Lizards contains at last four classics: Der Song von Mandalay, TV, Summertime Blues and Money (That's What I Want). Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by Peter Uys
Less a review than a testimonial. This was absolutely the most cutting-edge, coolest album I possessed in high school. Read morePublished on May 30, 2002 by Endstate
I bought this LP when I was in 5th grade. We used to be able to bring records to school on occasion. Read morePublished on October 26, 2001 by Richard L. Dillard
The Flying Lizards, basically, are David Cunningham and a cast of various players (notably vocalist Patti Paladin) who drift in and out during their troublesome and fun studio... Read morePublished on June 1, 2000 by DAC Crowell
Driving down a back road in a '74 Ford LTD, I remember first hearing Flying Lizards. It was on an 8-track tape I had gotten from the cutout section of the local record store. Read morePublished on March 18, 1999
I first started listening to the Lizards in about '84, and have been searching for this release on cd since the early nineties -- if for no other reason than for White Convertable. Read morePublished on March 15, 1999