Rattle Those Pots And Pans

Crazy ass drummer in training.

Crazy ass drummer in training.

It’s time to get your week started off on the right note, with another annoying earworm from The Nest’s Top 30 Cover Songs of All Time countdown!  DJ Scratchy and Sponkies One and Two have got a real hoof stomping treat for you all today.  I promised that as we got higher up in the countdown, the music would begin to veer away from pop hit covers and more towards the truly obscure and eclectic… and I can’t think of two better words to describe this week’s honoree.  On with the freak show, Vinyl!


#14. “Money (That’s What I Want)” – The Flying Lizards

Motown is as iconic a U.S. recording company as you will find in the early decades of rock and roll history, and one of their first smash singles was a song written by founder Berry Gordy that would be performed by Barrett Strong.  In 1960, Barrett helped usher in the age of greed with this tune about how all he needed was money.  Ironically, maybe the best known cover version of this song was by a band that once sang about how money couldn’t buy them love… and that of course would be that fab group…. oh, what’s their name again?

Help me out here, Merby!

Help me out here, Merby!

While these lads may have revolutionized rock music in the 60’s, by the late 70’s, the British rock scene was truly a anarchistic hot mess… what with the advent of punk and new wave.  Somewhere in between those two genres, you’ll find The Flying Lizards.  In 1979, they did an amazingly fucked up take on “Money” that is so blatantly absurd, that it is impossible to not absolutely love the shit out of it…

Wow, right?

Now what in tarnation did I jest listen to there?

Now what in tarnation did I jest listen to there?

The Flying Lizards taught us that you can make music with more than just guitars, drums and kazoos.  You can use pots, typewriters, sonar, howling dogs…. whatever happens to be lying around the garage.  Who needs money when you can turn anything handy into a musical instrument?

Like the radiator!

Like the radiator!

Most people who consider themselves to be music aficionados will grimace and wretch at the very idea that The Flying Lizards version of this song even exists.  I love to rattle their cages (another fine instrumental idea!) by singing the praises of this most bizarre of new wave offerings.  Long live experimental rock!

Do The Lizards need a flautist?

Do The Lizards need a flautist?

Join me again next Monday for lucky song #13!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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24 Responses to Rattle Those Pots And Pans

  1. guess what …I love it… and if they want the squirrel, maybe they want me too … I can play on an egg slider :o)

  2. fanrosa says:

    Flying Lizard, who knew?

    And here I left was trying to figure out who redid Shake Rattle & Roll…..

  3. You post about all these obscure musical groups and I love that I have no idea what you are talking about. I do not have to hear the music rolling around me head, but I can laugh at your writing and wonderful illustrations 🙂

    • I try to appeal to all audiences… even those who have no idea what I’m talking about. Not that I have any idea what I’m talking about either… but I know how to use a squirrel for comedic effect.

  4. draliman says:

    That was great! When I clicked play I realised I’d heard it before. Maybe in a film, or possibly in an episode of Alias – for some reason I see Jennifer Garner when I hear this version.

  5. Merbear74 says:

    That there is The Beatles, silly squirrel.
    My ears are bleeding a little…

  6. Trisha says:

    This sounds a little familiar to me too but I doubt any of the radio stations whose air waves reached the valley in the distant boonies where I grew up would have played anything like it, so I’m not sure where I heard it. Maybe on Friday Night Videos.

    • That’s possible. Friday Night Videos was friggin’ awesome! Especially since we didn’t get cable until 1984, so I was happy to get to see music videos on regular TV before then!

  7. gentlestitches says:

    I remember when that cover came out. I had forgotten about it but I remember I loved it and thought it was big fun at the time. I probably saw the clip on a 20 minute show that was on the television once a week called “Countdown” with my hero Molly Meldrum. ❤

  8. markbialczak says:

    The Flying Lizards sure beat the pan flute, Bill. I recall their New Wave version. It rocks in all its Abusurdist Germanic glory, I agree. Still, no. I vote for the Mop Tops.

  9. I love that sing, that said I liked obscure when I was younger. ‘Waltzin Black’ by the Stranglers was another one.
    “The best things in life are free”…balls I’ll be humming this all day now lol

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