I wasnâ€™t exactly looking for a nonsensical east coast heir to THE FUGS and the HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS who played sideways pop tunes in an absurdly playful, demented manner, but when this 7â€ arrived in my mailbox in 1991 I immediately pronounced it one of my favorite records, and FLY ASHTRAY one of my favorite bands. I quickly interviewed them by mail for my fanzine; I struck up a â€œpen palâ€ friendship with Glenn Luttman, the bandâ€™s drummer; and I pimped them to the pals and non-pals wherever I could. For a couple years there Fly Astray, on the strength of some excellent 45s and EPs (â€œLetâ€™s Have Some Crateâ€ from 1993 being a particularly good one), built up a nice foaming head of underground steam. Sure, you could quibble with the â€œsillyâ€ aspects of the band â€“ the meaningless song titles, for instance â€“ or with the sometimes directionless timbre of the music itself, but when the band were hitting on all cylinders, they made a joyful, strange noise. Believe it or not, they soldier on in 2007. Check out both their web site and MySpace page for evidence. Me, I think this 45 is their â€œapotheosisâ€, and Iâ€™m pleased as punch to broadcast it to the World Wide Web this morning.
Play or Download FLY ASHTRAY â€“ â€œSoapâ€ (A-side of 1991 single)
Play or Download FLY ASHTRAY â€“ â€œBipâ€ (B-side, Track 1 of 1991 single)
Play or Download FLY ASHTRAY â€“ â€œFeatherâ€ (B-side, Track 2 of 1991 single)