Thursday, 7 December 2017
Can't You Feel/Doin' The Mod/Tell Her That/Ain't That Just Like Me
The Flies were the first Aussie band to consciously ape The Beatles. The band supported The Rolling Stones on their first Australian tour and released a number of singles; Tell Her That (July 1964), Doin’ The Mod (July 1965) and Can’t You Feel (September 1965).
Doin' The Mod charted in June-July 1965 #23 Melbourne and was followed onto the Melbourne charts in September-October by Can't You Feel, an original song by Ronnie Burns and John Thomas of The Flies (#26 Melbourne).
He was replaced in the band by Peter Nicol, who had previously been with a group called The Wild Colonials.
Lead guitarist John Thomas also departed, following some musical dissension, leaving The Flies a trio of Peter Nicol (vocals and guitar), Themi (short for Themiststocles) Adams (bass) and Hank Wallis (drums).
The band called it a day in 1966 with Nicol returning to The Wild Colonials.