Fly & the Swatters
Silk Torpedo is a trashy glitter proto-punk rock & roll band featuring the work of 1970s artists such as T Rex, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, the Stooges, Slade, Sweet, and others.
Back when I was in the Dummy Club, my friend Crazy John (rest his soul) said if I ever have my own band I should call it Fly & the Swatters. A couple of years later I formed a new band and gave it that name. Members were rotated among my friends who were available at the time and we mostly played Quarters and other Riverwest haunts. I went on to be in several bands including The Alewives and Immortal Plants. Then I talked my way into Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine which lasted over 18 years. With the departure of singer/songwriter Frank Chandek I was in the position to keep our garage rock attitude going. Chow’s drummer Dan Glaser and bassist Joe Polizzi agreed to stay on and we added our friend Jessica Erin to grace us with her sultry vocals. -Fly (Paul Lawson)