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Today Belongs To Me - Complete Recordings 1977-1980

The Flys

CD  |  Punk  |  29 Nov 2019


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The Flys Today Belongs To Me - Complete Recordings 1977-1980 CD

 

 

 

After witnessing the Birmingham leg of The Clash’s White Riot tour in the spring of 1977, Coventry rock band Midnight Circus adopted a more streamlined, urgent sound and a more punk-friendly name. As The Flys, they issued a self-financed five-track EP at the end of the year before signing with EMI on the back of a tour with Buzzcocks.

Over the next three years, The Flys were responsible for a dazzling run of witty, supremely melodic, endlessly inventive singles and two superb albums, “Waikiki Beach Refugees” and “Own”, with the latter standing some forty years later as the Great Lost Album of the pop-punk era.

However, a lack of commercial success and endless internal bickering saw guitarist, singer and chief songwriter Neil O’Connor pull the plug in mid-1980 to join sister Hazel – who’d been spotted while supporting The Flys at a Marquee Club gig – during her rise to prominence with the film Breaking Glass.

Today Belongs To Me is the first complete anthology of a band that, despite critical acclaim and major label support, somehow fell through the cracks. It includes every known studio recording – including that early pre-EMI EP – as well as nine previously unreleased, from-the-masters studio demos, with two early versions of 1979 single ‘Living In The Sticks’ joined by seven previously-unheard late Seventies songs in the classic Flys tradition.

Presented in 2-CD digipak format, and featuring a new essay on the band that includes numerous quotes from Neil O’Connor, Today Belongs To Me is the definitive document of the greatest pop-punk band never to score a Top Thirty single.

DETAILS

Title: Today Belongs To Me - Complete Recordings 1977-1980

Format: CD

Release Date: 29 Nov 2019

Artist: The Flys

Sku: 2441206

Catalogue No: QCDBRED785

Category: Punk

TRACKS

DISC 1

1. WE DON’T MIND THE RAVE

2. BEVERLEY

3. LOOKING FOR NEW HEARTS

4. SHE’S THE ONE

5. MONSOON SKY

6. FUN CITY

7. DON’T MOONLIGHT ON ME

8. SOME KIND OF GIRL

9. I DON’T KNOW

10. WAIKIKI BEACH REFUGEES

11. SATURDAY SUNRISE

12. DARK NIGHTS

13. LOVE AND A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL

14. CAN I CRASH HERE?

15. ME AND MY BUDDIES

16. JUST FOR YOUR SEX

17. CIVILIZATION

18. FUN CITY (single version)

19. E.C.4.

20. WAIKIKI BEACH REFUGEES (single version)

21. BEVERLEY (edited single version)

22. NAME DROPPING

23. FLY V. FLY

24. ADRIAN (DON’T CALL ME JIMMY)

25. I’LL SURVIVE

26. LIVING IN THE STICKS (first demo version)

1-12 The album Waikiki Beach Refugees, EMI EMC 3249,

released October 1978

13-14, 17 Single, EMI 2747, released January 1978

15-16 From the EP Bunch Of Five, Zama ZA 10, released

December 1977

18-19 Single, EMI 2795, released May 1978

20 Single, EMI 2867, released October 1978

21 Single, EMI 2907, released January 1979

22-23 Single, EMI 2936, released April 1979

24-26 Previously unreleased

DISC 2

1. LET’S DRIVE

2. ENERGY BOY

3. FASCINATE ME

4. TALKING TO THE WALL

5. 16 DOWN

6. FORTUNES

7. NIGHT CREATURES

8. WHEN 2 AND 5 MAKE 9

9. UNDERCOVER AGENT ZERO

10. CHEAP DAYS

11. WALKING THE STREETS

12. THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN

13. FREEZING

14. FRENZY IS 23

15. WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES

16. LIVING IN THE STICKS

17. NIGHT CREATURES (single version)

18. LOIS LANE

19. TODAY BELONGS TO ME

20. WHAT WILL MOTHER SAY?

21. UNDERCOVER AGENT ZERO (single version)

22. COME ON STUPID

23. PROGRAM

24. DOWN YOUR END OF THE PHONE

25. HANG ON

26. I SAY

27. LIVING IN THE STICKS (second demo version)

1-14 The album Own, EMI EMC 3316, released

October 1979

15-16 Single, EMI 2979, released July 1979

17-19 From the EP Four From The Square,

Parlophone R 6030, released February 1980

20-21 Single, Parlophone R 6036, released May 1980

22-27 Previously unreleased