In 1982, four young singers and musicians with big dreams came together in Canada to form a group called Cats Can Fly. The members were bassist David Ashley, drummer Eddie Zeeman, keyboardist Peter Alexandre, and guitarist and saxophone player Mitchell James. They played popular pop/rock tunes from other artists, appearing in local clubs and wherever else they could land a gig.
Three years after their formation, Cats Can Fly got their first real break in a talent contest sponsored by a cigarette company. The group began to tour, and recorded a debut single, "Lies Are Gonna Get Ya," released under the Epic Records label. In 1986, a full-length self-titled album followed, along with one other single, "Flippin' to the A Side." Shortly after the one album hit the market, Cats Can Fly were cut loose by the label. The guys held things together for a while, but soon called it quits.