Fly Ashtray

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Fly Ashtray
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock, noise rock, lo-fi
Years active 1983–present
Labels Marble Moat, Dark Beloved Cloud, Shimmy Disc, See Eye, Hemiola, Vital Music
Associated acts Uncle Wiggly
pHoaming Edison
Gimme 5
Members Chris Thomas
James Kavoussi
Dave Abel
Eric Marc Cohen
Past members Mike Anzalone
Eric Thomas
John Beekman
Glen Luttman

Fly Ashtray is an American rock band, formed in 1983 in the Bronx, New York, by Chris Thomas, James Kavoussi, Eric Thomas, John Beekman and Mike Anzalone. At some point, Thomas and Anzalone left the band which led to Beekman moving from lead vocalist to bassist/guitarist, and then Kavoussi switched from keyboard to guitar. Glen Luttman joined the band at this juncture to play the drums.

Spoog, a side project, resulted with impromptu gigs when one or another member of the band was out of town. Anzalone and Kavoussi also played in Uncle Wiggly. Kavoussi has made solo records billed as Phoaming Edison. The line-up of Thomas, Kavoussi, Beekman and Luttman was stable for a lengthy period until Beekman's duties were taken over in 1998 by Dave Abel.

In 2003, Luttman requested a leave of absence from Fly Ashtray, and in the same year Eric Marc Cohen took over drum duties. [1]

The band released two records on Shimmy Disc and worked with Kramer.

Most recently, the band's music was featured in “Responsible Ballet and What We Need Is a Bench to Put Books On”, a dance piece choreographed by Jon Kinzel, and performed at The Kitchen in New York City.[2]



  • 1990 - Nothing Left to Spill
  • 1991 - Clumps Takes a Ride
  • 1993 - Tone Sensations of the Wonder-Men
  • 1998 - Sawgrass Subligette
  • 2007 - Pantswind Folder
  • 2009 - Reports
  • 2012 - Fly Ashtray
  • 2016 - We Buy Everything You Have
  • 2016 - Grit Is The New Privilege

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1987 - The Day I Turned Into Jim Morrison
  • 1990 - Extended Outlook
  • 1991 - Soap/BIP/Feather
  • 1992 - Let's Have Some Crate
  • 1997 - Flummoxed
  • 2002 - Stop the Zockos
  • 2008 - Doodnat Mahadeo


  1. ^ Huey, Steve Fly Ashtray artist bio entry on Allmusic [accessed October 19, 2015]
  2. ^ La Rocco, Claudia. "Meditations on What Happens When Two People Share a Space." New York Times January 31, 2010

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