THE FLYING LIZARDS – The secret dub life of… – LP


Pépite de dub analogique/expérimental avec des touches d’electronica datant de 1978 réalisé par David Cunninghman,  du groupe culte New Wave  Flying LIzards.

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Jah Lloyd meets David Cunningham – the legendary recordings from 1978 for the first time available on vinyl.

« The source tapes for this LP were recorded in Jamaica by Jah Lloyd (Patrick Francis) as part of a series he made for Virgin Records’ Front Line label. The original tapes were not released and were offered to me by Front Line’s Jumbo Vanrennen with the suggestion that I should « remix » the music. I accepted the project, expecting lots of time in one of Virgin’s studios to play with the music and the equipment, only to be presented with a mono master tape.

So I began to invent (or perhaps re-invent) techniques of editing, looping, filtering and subtraction to deal with unremixable mono material (these were the days before samplers). The subsequent work took a long time: as I thought it might be something of an indulgence I worked on it at weekends and evenings rather than let it interfere with other projects. The techniques used here expanded my vocabulary of musical electronic (as opposed to electronic music) treatments and appear in a very different form on records made at that time. Notably « Fourth Wall », my collaboration with Patti Palladin, and my production work on Michael Nyman’s records. The original players remain unidentified. Jah Lloyd used various combinations of musicians but did not include who played on which tracks. »

(David Cunningham)

The Flying Lizards were an experimental English new wave band, formed in 1976. They are best known for their eccentric cover version of Barrett Strong‘s « Money » featuring Deborah Evans-Stickland on lead vocals, which reached the UK and US record charts in 1979.[2][4] They followed with their self-titled album that year, reaching number 60 in the UK albums chart.[5]

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