The Flying Lizards
|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave post-punk experimental 80s electronic avant-garde|
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The brainchild of pianist David Cunningham, the Flying Lizards were a novelty UK act with a difference, taking and subverting classic pop songs in a unique and striking fashion. In the summer of 1979, they reached the UK Top 5 with an spoken, arrogant upper-middle class, English accent-version of the Berry Gordy classic, Money. The changing line-up, which included Julian Marshall, Deborah Evans-Stickland, Patti Paladin, Peter Gordan and Steve Beresford on Fourth Wall, enabled Cunningham to pursue his love of electronic pop. The Times newspaper writer and ambient experimentalist David Toop was part of the line-up at one point.
After an extended retirement, the Flying Lizards re-emerged in 1984 with Top Ten, which included eccentric versions of the work of Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and Little Richard. With the Flying Lizards put to rest once more, Cunningham concentrated on running his Piano label and recording solo material....