Song 1980-55: The Flying Lizards, “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Covering Barrett Strong’s 1966 Motown classic, British band Flying Lizards took “Money (That’s What I Want)” to #50 in 1980. Their punk-rock cover version hardly sounds like the original, or even The Beatles’ 1963 take on the song. In their homeland, the song reached the top 10, as it did also in Canada and New Zealand.

Memorable lyric: “The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees.”


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