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Fat post-grunge pop from The Flys

The Flys were a post-grunge pop band that formed formed in Hollywood, CA in 1994. They released only 3 albums before going on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2002. In 1998, they released “Holiday Man.” This whole album was hit-or-miss with me. A lot of the songs didn’t reach me at all for various reasons. However, several of the songs were absolute pop genius.

Clever.

  • Got You (Where I Want You) – This is a pleasing pop love song. It’s got the simple, fat guitar hook, steady percussion, and a vocal performance that is alternately scratchy and sweet. It got some radio play, so you may have heard this one.
  • Afraid – The verses are stripped down and pretty plain, really, but the chorus absolutely sparkles. In fact, the chorus is so cool that somehow the verses sound cooler after you come out of it.
  • Girls Are the Cruelest – Another great guitar hook that has “pop single” written all over it and great lyrics (“Girls are the cruelest of them all.”) delivered with pleasing but edgy style.

As I listened to these 3 songs again, I tried to figure out what happened to The Flys. Granted, not every song on the disc is a dessert. The title track, ‘Holiday Man,’ for example, sounds a little too much like The Red Hot Chili Peppers circa “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” Still, the disc has at least three great songs and that is often more than enough to push a band over the top. Plus ‘Got You (Where I Want You)’ was used in the soundtrack to Disturbing Behavior with Katie Holmes. It sounded like they were on the way up.

A quick Google search shows singer Adam Paskowitz has bounced around without landing anywhere in particular and guitarist Peter Perdichizzi got into a project called SixLifter7 in Eugene, OR. The Flys got back together in 2008 – though with some different personnel –  and released 3 tracks I know of: a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude,’ a cover of Sparks’ ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us’ (which is a freaking brilliant choice), and a re-release of their own hit ‘Got You (Where I Want You).’ No new material, so I don’t know what that means for the future of the band.

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August 4, 2010 - Posted by | Popular, Rock

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