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The Flying Lizards

14 April 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 14 April 2008
  • Release Date: 14 April 2008
  • Label: Zonophone
  • Copyright: (C) 1980 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:09:45
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  • ASIN: B002A5XAVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,870 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
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). The first is a camp ballad with a gripping female vocal, the second is a weird and hypnotic pop song sung partly in French that reminds me of the artist Cristina of the famous Ze label. It ends in a series of atonal vocal loops. The third and the fourth are minimalist deconstructions of the old classics; the first with an aloof female lead vocal with male vocal infusions and strange innovative percussion, the second quite similar but with more charming electronic bleeps and found sounds.

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, The Slits, Nina Hagen and Meredith Monk will definitely love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pjr VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the summer of 1979, during the height of the new wave movement which ushered itself in on the coat tails of punk, a record hit the top 5 which quite literally sounded like nothing else around at the time. Warped drums, clunking pianos, eerie saxophone lines, all topped with a crystal cut British accented female idly declaiming. The Flying Lizards' version of "Money" didn't so much cover, it deconstructed the pop song. The fact that it sold so many copies is remarkable. A novelty hit which was just too interesting for the joke ever to wear that thin.

Recorded on a shoestring, the album that followed was more of pretty much the same strange, slightly avant garde pop music. Its chief interests seemed to be pop music, done in an experimental way. There is a lot of dub experimenatalism here but there are still melodies and some of it is even music you could possibly dance to. The opening tracks mix covers with some attempts at song. Kurt Weil's "Mandalay Song" sounds like Edith Piaf at 78rpm whilst their take on "Summertime Blues" follows the "Money" blueprint and comes out sounding almost darkly humourous. "TV" gives the impression that there is a sound they're trying to perfect and it is curiously compelling. The second half of the album is more instrumental and spacey, the tracks almost blending into each other in some cacophonous experiment in sound and rhythm. Even here things remain interesting and the end result is an awful lot better than you would expect - "Trouble" and "Window" are the highlights. Tagged onto the end are the single edit of uber hit "Money", a b-side, and the extended dub mix of "TV" to entice anyone who may own this on vinyl.
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