Monday, November 26, 2007

CATS CAN FLY - Cats Can Fly (1986)


"WOW THESE GUYS ARE GOOD !"


Country:
Canada
Genre:
Electronic, Rock
Style:
Pop Rock, Synth-pop


Members:
David Ashley - Bass, Lead Vocals
Peter Alexandre - Keyboards, Vocals
Eddie Zeeman - Drums, Lead Vocals
Mitchell James -Guitars, Vocals, Saxophone
Mark Stelmacovich - Keyboards

VIDEO
"Flippin' To The A Side"

http://www.1050chum.com/index_chumcharts.aspx?artist=7293



Tracklist:

01 Flippin' To The 'A' Side (3:41)
02 Lies Are Gonna Get Ya (3:51)
03 Cold Hands, Warm Heart (4:54)
04 Crazy Fever (3:05)
05 Lookin' For Love (3:46)
06 I Draw The Line (3:03)
07 Heavy Load (3:29)
08 Love You Like That (3:17)
09 Save It For The Next One (3:46)
10 One Way Or The Other (4:04)
11 Flippin' To The 'A' Side (Extended Mix) (5:32)

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/72035220/cats_can_fly.rar.html

"The songs are all relatively melodic and pleasant, if slightly unadventurous. However, there are a couple of good tracks which stand out. These include the impressive 'Lies Are Gonna Get Ya' which could have slotted onto the first Go West album with ease. The softer tracks such as 'Cold Hands Warm Heart' and the cruisy 'Save It For The Next One' are also worth a listen. "

"I like this record. Nice pop hitech AOR. Released on CD but very tough to find."

"One of the rarest CDs in Canada. (I heard somewhere that the lead singer doesn't even have it on CD.) I have only found 4 in over 10 years of incessant, cross-counting hunting. Poppy AOR for fans of Glass Tiger, Flip or World on Edge, "Flippin' to the A-Side" and "Lies are Gonna Get Ya" are guilty pleasures with nimble keyboards and lightweight vocalizing."

"When you look at what was going on musically in Canada at that time, this album was pretty impressive. I saw these guys live a few times....excellent musicians."

"I actually quite enjoy this one. Decent pop / high-tech AOR. If you're an 80's fanatic like me, you can't go wrong with tracks like "Flippin' To The A Side" and "Lies Are Gonna Get Ya". Decent stuff."
"With an image that looks slightly glam and slightly new romantic, you could forgive Cats Can Fly as being another Duran Duran clone. But that's where the comparisons end. They have more in common with bands like Go West, Wang Chung, Life By Night and fellow Canadian contemporaries Platinum Blonde.
(Saltyka added :by the way i wil post Platinum Blonde in the near future)



Biography:
Cats Can Fly was a Canadian synthpop band in the 1980s. They released one album in 1986.
The band formed in 1982, and consisted of vocalist-bassist David Ashley, guitarist Mitchell James, keyboardist Peter Alexandre and vocalist-drummer Eddie Zeeman. They were signed after winning a cross-Canada talent search sponsored by a cigarette company, Craven A. (The same talent search also led to a recording contract for Belinda Metz.)

Their self-titled album, released on CBS Records, contained the Top 40 hits "Flipping to the A Side" and "Lies Are Gonna Get Ya". However, despite their success, CBS dumped the band in a major housecleaning that preceded its 1988 takeover by Sony Music Entertainment. The band subsequently broke up
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_Can_Fly)
Mark added:
"Mark Stelmacovich was the original keyboard player. He is now a highschool teacher in Toronto and is active in the teachers union." (http://www.tsuoecta.org/executive.php)

More info:
http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/C/Cats_Can_Fly.html

http://www.1050chum.com/index_chumcharts.aspx?artist=7293 Chart positions of Cats Can Fly - Flippin' To The 'A' Side

and check the video on Youtube with comments of Cat Can Fly's members .Lot of info!!!!

...and of course ,if you have more info ,please...!:)

15 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

thanks so much for this, I've never actually heard their whole album! keep up the great work!

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Anonymous Sylvie said...

Being a Canadien myself, I can apreciate the talent and the music. Flippin to the "a" side was and still is one of my favorite song. Would you know by any chance where I can find the lyrics for the song? Thanks.


( sorry for the spelling)

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