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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.

TRACK LISTING 

DISC ONE

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 TWO

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

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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

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