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    Behalve zeer lollig met tintjes dadealisme (die schuivende grastapijtjes) kan je het werk van the Flying Lizards ook beschrijven als “important nonsense and irritant factors” … Wanneer hebt ù nog zo’n nummer in de hitparade gehoord of in Top of the Pops zien doorbreken ?

    Mark Allen (want van hem komen de citaten hier, klikmelink) beschreef het oeuvre van David Cunningham & Deborah Evans-St(r)ickland nog accurater als “a mischievous dis-information machine […] The information that spilled out of this machine… spelled out how to translate highbrow art through lowbrow pranks (via pop musik) and also the vice versa, for mere pennies on the dollar. These coded instructions (transferred subliminally through ‘songs’) spelled out a pragmatically illogical way of thinking about the business of entertainment and commerce of pop product, and how to make all four do somersaults in unison. At one point, this Flying Lizards machine even translated instructions on how to make a mega-popular hit song in a single afternoon for a mere 20 dollars(!). The Flying Lizards crashed disco and punk value systems with true screwball style.” […]

    “”TV” was released as a single before the album even hit the stores and was the first single released by The Lizards that wasn’t a cover version. [..] David [Cunningham, brein achter tFL] told Melody Maker in 1981: “‘TV’ was our own composition, but there’s something about cover versions. You can take them a bit further than the originals. It’s useful to focus in on the irritation factor when you’re doing a single. ‘TV’ is the only track that was written by us and is still irritating. I think singles are irritating by nature really though. They repeat so much […]. That’s my theory of pop singles which is why I selected the things I did to release.””

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    Wel als het leuk moet zijn, dan zou ik gaan voor hun coverversies. Dus hun singles en hun latere album “Top Ten”. De full albums uit 1980 en 1981 laten voornamelijk experimentele post-dub geluiden horen, meer in de stijl van Dome (Gilbert & Lewis) of zelfs “Consequences” van Godley & Creme.

    Overigens wil ik hier ook nog even de naam Peter Cook laten vallen.

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    Merely very very …

    Maar zeg eens Squire, jij die Ian Gomm en Duncan Browne en zo kent, die “Pinball” (klikmelink), heb jij die single geen UK hit weten wezen ? Nog maar pas ontdekt via ’n compilatie op Ace …

    Tut tut, cheerio !