The Flying Lizards – TV (1979)

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The Flying Lizards were an English experimental rock band, who were formed in 1976 in England. They are best remembered as New wave one-hit wonders, thanks to their deliberately eccentric cover of Barrett Strong’s “Money”, which became a UK and US chart success in 1979. Formed by and led by record producer David Cunningham, the group was a loose collective of avant-garde and free improvising musicians, such as David Toop and Steve Beresford as instrumentalists, plus Deborah Evans-Stickland, Patti Palladin and Vivien Goldman as main vocalists. It also included the painter Michael Upton. Cunningham’s recording contract with Virgin Records was for only two singles, but when “Money” started to climb the charts they signed him to a new contract. The group released their debut album The Flying Lizards late in 1979. The album included two songs – “HerStory” and “The Window” – written and sung by Goldman. Their single issues included their postmodern cover versions of songs such as Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” and “Money”.

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