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The Flying Lizards were an rock group that recorded several albums. Formed by and led by David Cunningham, the group included avant-garde and free improvising musicians like David Toop and Steve Beresford as instrumentalists and Deborah Evans, Vivien Goldman and Patti Palladin as vocalists. It also boasted the late Michael Upton.

The group released an album titled The Flying Lizards in 1979; their singles include of songs such as Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” 1978 , “The Laughing Policeman” 1980 (which was not featured on an album, but was released under the name The Suspicions),”Move On Up” 1981, “Sex Machine” 1984 and “Dizzy Miss Lizzie” (1984) and several originals. Their cover of Barrett Strong’s “Money” remains popular, and is used in Empire Records, the first Charlie’s Angels and Lord of War. Their album The Flying LizardsTop Ten consists entirely of covers, done in a deliberately , and style.

After the band’s break-up, a posthumous album of dub instrumentals, The Secret Dub Life of the Flying Lizards, appeared.


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