T.O.T.W – Fun Boy Three

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Fun Boy Three were an English new wave pop band, active from 1981 to 1983 and formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

The Fun Boy Three reduced the ska sound that they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success with The Specials and initially took a more minimal approach with the focus on percussion and vocals. For their second album they assembled a six-piece backing group including a cellist and a trombone player, allowing the record to feature more diverse and expansive arrangements, and also enabling them to play live instead of being a purely studio group as previously. 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 follow-up album Waiting, produced by David Byrne, was well-received critically 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 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 “It 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”.

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Well l would NOT be surprised if there are very few who knew of this band or even just  Terry, Neville or Lynval although The Specials were known of, as they were quite big, but so too for the short time FB3 was in circuit they still produced some cracking tracks. So big question, did you know of them? Did you follow them, and what were your favorite tracks? Here are my Top Twelve Fun Boy Three

It Ain’t What You Do

The Telephone Always Rings

Three faith hope & charity

Sanctuary

The Lunatics (have taken over the Asylum)

Our Lips Are Sealed

The Tunnel Of Love

Summertime

The More I See

The Farmyard Connection

Summer Of 82.

Gangsters

BONUS

So there we go folks Fun Boy Three!

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