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There are four bands by this name. The first was a UK underground freakbeat band from the 1960s psychedelic scene. The second, a garage rock band from Boston in the 1980s. In 2006 alternative group The Flies formed in Bristol UK. Their debut album is “All Too Human”.

The mid 60s Flies are most well-known for their debut single,”(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone”, which is a hard rock treatment with plenty of crunching fuzz guitar of a number more associated with the Monkees. They were notorious for their sometimes outrageous live performances, particularly their appearance at the 14-Hour Technicolour Dream psychedelic festival in April 1967 in London, where they arranged to have hundreds of bags of flour explode and cover the audience at the end of their set.

The Flies from Boston consisted of Nat Freedberg (lead vocal, guitar), Jay Parham (bass, vocals) and Randall Gibson (drums). They had two releases on Homestead Records: Get Wise, from 1984, includes “All Hung Up,” which was released as a single (and was later re-made by the Titanics); and Get Burned, a six-song EP released in 1985. They split up sometime around 1987.

The current group of this name is lead by vocalist Sean Cook, who played bass with Spirtualized for 8 years before forming and fronting his own band Lupine Howl. He also sessioned for Jesus and Mary Chain, Massive Attack and Dr John. During this time he got to know Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk AKA ‘The Insects’. The Insects are well known for having worked with Massive Attack on their ‘Protection’ album (writing ‘Karma Coma’ and Eurochild).

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  • iantm

    christ, shut up idiot

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • natemcwilliams

    On a more serious note - who was deleted from the artist description? The current band is careful in the opening paragraphs to mention the 60s group of the same name. Bio notes referring to the current band do not even come up until you click on the "Read more" link. Which is interesting, as Spiritualized is not exactly obscure. So far the 'similar artists' listed seem to refer exclusively to the 60s group. I haven't heard the current band yet, but Spiritualized is a band that is definitely familiar with psychedelia, and whether or not they intentionally took a name that's been used at least a couple of times it's not like they did it to rip somebody off - "I know, let's name ourselves after a totally obscure band and see if we can steal their fans." Um, it was a band best known for covering the Monkees.

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • natemcwilliams

    There was also a pretty good late 70s power pop band called The Flies but I don't know enough about them to write a bio and edit this one. I was listening to a 60s anthology that included the 60s Flies and my last homepage showed numerous pictures of bands with the same names as those I'd been listening to. Clearly this sort of thing is going to occur on a computerized space that allows anyone to write or edit the bio; the fact that some apparently hiphop guy posing like my godson does is the picture I get for the longhaired hippies I was just listening to is pretty amusing. What I really don't understand is why so many groups would want some of these names.

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • tastyloaf

    i think it's inappropriate for the band itself (TheFliesmusic) to completely hijack a profile that has another group of the same name and delete them from the artist description. grow up and share the space.

    10 May 2008 Reply
  • Fresh_Garbage

    This page is conflicting..! There's a 60s freakbeat band called The Flies and they wrote I'm Not Your Stepping Stone and i'm sure the profile pic is them. But evidently there is another band of the same name which is in the description at the top... Shouldn't they have different band profiles??

    20 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Babs_05

    NNME - news of forthcoming album, and video for debut single - High.

    2 Sep 2007 Reply

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