Fun Boy Three

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


When the Specials topped the UK charts in June 1981 with the spellbinding ‘Ghost Town’ few would have guessed that three of their members would depart immediately to form an offshoot group. By October, Terry Hall (19 March 1959, Coventry, England; vocals), Neville Staple(s) (vocals/drums) and Lynval Golding (b. 24 July 1951, Coventry, England; guitar) had launched the Fun Boy Three. Their UK Top 20 debut single was the extraordinary ‘The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)’, a haunting protest against political conservatism, made all the more effective by Hall’s deadpan, languid vocal. The single effectively established the trio as both original and innovative commentators, whose work compared favourably with that of their mother group, the Specials. For their follow-up, the Fun Boy Three teamed-up with the then unknown Bananarama for a hit revival of band leader Jimmie Lunceford’s ‘It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way...

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