Funboy Five

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Funboy Five
Origin Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1979 (1979)–1981 (1981), 2014 (2014)-
Members Mick Sinclair
John McRae
Bob Brimson
Robert Radhall

Formed in January 1979, the Funboy Five were an English post-punk band from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and originally had four members, Mick Sinclair (guitar and vocals), John McRae (Keyboards), Bob Brimson (bass) and Robert Radhall (drums).[1]

While gigging sporadically in London and south-east England, the band recorded a three-track demo which earned them a review in Sounds[2] and a session for the John Peel Show. First broadcast in October 1979,[3] the session was followed in January 1980 by a single, "Life After Death"/"Compulsive Eater", which also saw the debut of the new rhythm section of Dave Tyler (bass) and Paul Ingram (drums), released on the band's own Cool-Cat-Daddy-O record label.[1] Also released on the label in 1980 was a 7-track cassette Funboy Five Shall Inherit The Earth, which included demos and other material.[4]

Although the band ceased recording and playing live in 1981, the single became a sought-after rarity among collectors of DIY vinyl[5] and was listed in journalist Johan Kugelberg’s 100 best records of the post-punk DIY-era, first published in Ugly Things magazine.[6] During the 1990s and 2000s, "Life After Death" featured on two unofficial vinyl compilations, Teenage Treats Vol.10 [1] and Killed By Death #007.[7]

During 2001, the band gathered their recorded material together for a 13-track CD, Very Hush! Hush!, shared with Milkshake Melon, Mick Sinclair’s solo alter-ego.[1] In 2007, the band were represented by two tracks on Messthetics #101: DIY 77-81 London, a CD retrospective with "Compulsive Eater" on the main release and "Haircut Bob Dylan 66" as a mp3 bonus track.[8]

In 2009, "Life After Death" was included on Universal’s four-CD tribute to John Peel, Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel On The Radio.[9]

A cover version of "Life After Death", by Talya Cooper, appeared as a digital download in 2011.[10]

Two original members, Mick Sinclair and John McRae, revived the band and the Cool-Cat-Daddy-O label in August 2014 releasing a vinyl single, 'Save the World'/'What Did You Do With The Body?'.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Official website. Retrieval 16 August 2014.
  2. ^ Bushell, Garry (14 July 1979). "Cassettes and Drugs and Rock and Roll". Sounds: 32–33. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Keeping It Peel". BBC. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Naylor, Tim (October 2011). "C30, C60, C90, C21!". Record Collector (393): 52. 
  5. ^ Funboy Five at Retrieval 29 December 2012
  6. ^ It Was Easy It Was Cheap? Go And Do It!. Retrieval 28 December 2012
  7. ^ "45cat". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ MESSTHETICS #101: London D.I.Y. Retrieval 28 December 2012
  9. ^ Universal Boxed Set Store: Kats Karavan, Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the Radio. Retrieval 28 December 2012
  10. ^ Cool Cover Comps: Life After Death by Talya Cooper. Retrieval 28 December 2012.

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