THE FLYING LIZARDS

Flying Lizards

… I’ve always toyed with the idea that the Flying Lizards represented rock and roll from some sort of alternative universe.

David Cunningham, Zigzag magazine, 1984

Formed: England, 1976

Featured album: The Flying Lizards (1980)

THEY MIGHT BE remembered as little more than one-hit-wonders for their robotic cover of Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)”. But there’s more to The Flying Lizards than a novelty single, albeit a brilliant one. Straddling the creative ferment of post-punk and the commercial appeal of new wave, The Flying Lizards resist easy categorisation, joining the likes of The Residents and Devo as avant-garde pop deconstructionists of a most peculiar nature.

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CROMAGNON

Cromagnon

I think it was Brian [Elliot] who said ‘You know, Elvis [was] shaking his hips with his acoustic guitar and people were freaking out. Ten year’s [sic] later there’s Hendrix spraying his guitar with lighter fluid and setting it on fire – what the hell is gonna happen in thirty years?

Salvador Salgado, Orgasm liner notes, 2009

Formed: 1969, Connecticut/New York, USA

Featured album: Orgasm/Cave Rock (1969)

CROMAGNON’S MUSIC MIGHT be as primitive as the band’s name suggests: an elemental stew of grunts, screams and people hitting things, with about as much structure as an amoeba. But these hedonistic barbarians were among the first to chart rock’s outer limits, mapping terrain that is still being explored to this day.

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