Fun Boy Three

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Fun Boy Three
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Terry Hall (left), Neville Staple (centre) and Lynval Golding (right)
Background information
Genres Pop, new wave[1]
Years active 1981–1983
Labels Chrysalis
Associated acts The 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 formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.


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 follow-up 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 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".


Fun Boy Three discography
Studio albums 2
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 6
Singles 9


Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1982 Fun Boy Three 7 10 17
1983 Waiting
  • Released: February 1983
  • Label: Chrysalis
14 47 11 104
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

  • Live on the Test (1994) (recorded 1983)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Fun Boy Three (1984)
  • Fun Boy Three - The Best of (1996)
  • Really Saying Something: The Best of Fun Boy Three (1997)
  • Fun Boy Three/The Colourfield The Singles (1994)


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Club Play
1981 "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" 20 28 46 Fun Boy Three
1982 "It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" (Fun Boy Three with Bananarama) (UK Certification: Silver[10]) 4[12] 55 5 3 37 49
"Really Saying Something" (Bananarama with Fun Boy Three) 5[13] 74 9 16 16 Deep Sea Skiving (Bananarama album)
"The Telephone Always Rings" 17 29 49 Fun Boy Three
"Summertime" 18 13
"The More I See (The Less I Believe)" 68 Waiting
1983 "The Tunnel of Love" 10 14 38
"Our Lips Are Sealed" 7 13
"The Farm Yard Connection"
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b Fun Boy Three Allmusic bio
  2. ^ Review from Allmusic
  3. ^ Fun Boy Three from Christgau's website
  4. ^ Robert Palmer (August 10, 1983). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Fun Boy Three". Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 216. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ a b " - Discografie Fun Boy Three". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  8. ^ a b " - Discography Fun Boy Three". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Albums in the Year 1982". © 2007-9, Steve Hawtin et al. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  10. ^ a b "British certificates: searchable database". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA 2006 - 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats - Fun Boy Three And Bananarama". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Bananarama With Fun Boy Three". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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