Fun Boy Three

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Fun Boy Three

Terry Hall (left), Neville Staple (centre) and Lynval Golding (right)
Background information
GenresPop, New Wave[1]
Years active1981–1983
LabelsChrysalis
Associated actsThe Specials, The Colourfield, Bananarama
Past members
Terry Hall
Lynval Golding
Neville Staple
 
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Fun Boy Three

Terry Hall (left), Neville Staple (centre) and Lynval Golding (right)
Background information
GenresPop, New Wave[1]
Years active1981–1983
LabelsChrysalis
Associated actsThe Specials, The Colourfield, Bananarama
Past members
Terry Hall
Lynval Golding
Neville Staple

Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful English New Wave pop[1] band, active from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

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History

The Fun Boy Three dispensed with the ska, pop and lounge sounds that they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success with The Specials and went into a more eclectic phase, still retaining elements of ska and pop. The band enjoyed six UK Top 20 hits, including "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" and "Tunnel of Love" and created two albums of which the eponymous Fun Boy Three was the most successful. The followup album Waiting, produced by David Byrne, was well-received critically[2][3][4] but did not sell as well.

The trio's last UK hit was "Our Lips Are Sealed", co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, who had scored a U.S. hit with the song a year earlier. They then toured the United States and split afterwards.

They were also credited with helping launch the career in 1982 of Bananarama, whom Hall first saw in The Face magazine. The three women provided credited chorus vocals on the hit "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)"; the Fun Boy Three later sang on the Bananarama song "Really Saying Something".

Discography

Fun Boy Three discography
Releases
Studio albums2
Live albums1
Compilation albums6
Singles9

Albums

YearAlbum detailsChart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[5][6]
NL
[7]
NZ
[8]
US
1982Fun Boy Three71017
1983Waiting
  • Released: February 1983
  • Label: Chrysalis
144711104
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums

Compilation albums

Singles

YearTitleChart positionsAlbum
UK
[5][6]
AUSIRL
[11]
NL
[7]
NZ
[8]
US Club Play
1981"The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)"202846Fun Boy Three
1982"It Ain't What You Do...." (Fun Boy Three with Bananarama) (UK Certification: Silver[10])4[12]55533749
"Really Saying Something" (Bananarama with Fun Boy Three)5[13]7491616Deep Sea Skiving (Bananarama album)
"The Telephone Always Rings"172949Fun Boy Three
"Summertime"1813
"The More I See (The Less I Believe)"68Waiting
1983"The Tunnel of Love"101438
"Our Lips Are Sealed"713
"The Farm Yard Connection"
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References

External links

Media related to Fun Boy Three at Wikimedia Commons