The beginnings of Hollywood-based rockers the Flys
lay in informal jam sessions between eventual members James Book
(bass), Peter Perdichizzi (guitar), Adam Paskowitz
(vocals), and Nicky Lucero (drums). Eventually another singer/rapper, Joshua Paskowitz, joined, and the band found themselves signed to Trauma Records. By merging alt-rock and post-grunge with retro sounds, the Flys
took a far more original approach than the majority of other late-'90s alternative bands. Prior to the August 1998 release of their debut album, Holiday Man
, the band had already appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Disturbing Behavior and played at the Bethel/Woodstock site for the A Day at the Garden show. The Flys
' sophomore album, Outta My Way
, which featured the hit single "Losin' It," followed in the spring of 2000, but by 2002 the band had gone on indefinite hiatus.