Why Don’t You Like The Flying Lizards?
By: Derek Hixon – Cambridge, MA USA
The Flying Lizards need the rose of history glasses gleamed their way. Cornered in the late 70’s and early 80’s as a novelty and experimental act, they’ve seen themselves remembered by time as a joke band, something like Weird Al covering Kraftwerk – but jokes they’re not, and listening to tracks like “Her Story” help me understand why I never got the joke – they’re incredible.
Labels such as DFA and Italians Do It Better are born from the same branch The Flying Lizards grew on. Their weirdo brand of punk, electronic, and new wave are what Lou Reed would have banged out of the Factory if he’d had access to synthesizers. The simple music’s off-putting, haunting, and endlessly vibing – leaving you in a stoned out hazy trance (“The Window, “Trouble”). Get strange with their deadpan & droning vocals, a four-to-the-floor beat, and enough wink, nod, and weird to make their brief catalog a pleasure to dream down.