Haysi Fantayzee

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Haysi Fantayzee
Origin England
Genres New wave
Years active 1981–83
Labels Regard
Associated acts Animal Magnet, E-Zee Possee
Website Haysi Recollections – Unofficial Site
Past members Jeremy Healy - Vocals
Kate Garner - Vocals
Paul Caplin - Keyboards

Haysi Fantayzee were a British new wave[1] band of the early 1980s. Songs include "John Wayne Is Big Leggy", released in 1982 and "Shiny Shiny", released in 1983.[2]


Haysi Fantayzee was formed in 1981 and consisted of Jeremy Healy (also known as "Jeremiah") and Kate Garner, who fronted the "band" and Garner's boyfriend songwriter/producer/manager Paul Caplin.[2] The band released four singles in 1982 and 1983: "John Wayne is Big Leggy", "Holy Joe", "Shiny Shiny", and "Sister Friction", and an album, Battle Hymns For Children Singing. The original plan had been for Garner to perform alone although the group never actually performed live. The band made a crude video performance and sent that instead of a demo tape to record companies. Their outfits were often designed by Garner. The two singers looked like distorted mirror images of each other, with similar hair and make-up. In a 1983 interview with David Maples on the Los Angeles-based TV show "MV3", Jeremy Healy accused the singer known as Boy George (George O'Dowd) of stealing his infamous look. Boy George later addressed the issue: "When Jeremy saw my locks he was livid. Both he and Kim [Bowen] stopped speaking to me. They thought I had stolen their look. It wasn't their look to steal..."[3]

After Haysi Fantayzee, Garner appeared alongside Bananarama in the music video for "Who's That Girl" by the Eurythmics. She had a brief solo career after the break-up of Haysi Fantayzee, and then pursued a career in photography in Los Angeles, California.

Healy released the single "When Malindy Sings" in 1984, and later became a DJ and album mixer for other artists, including his former schoolfriend, Boy George.[4] He recorded on George's More Protein record label under the name E-Zee Possee.

Caplin now runs Caplin Systems, an internet software company.



Year Title Peak chart positions Formats
1982 "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" 11 3 13
  • 7" vinyl single (Regard – RG100)
  • 7" Picture disc (Regard – RGP100)
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGT100)
"Holy Joe" 51
  • 7" vinyl single (Regard – RG104)
  • 7" Picture disc (Regard – RGP104)
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGT104)
1983 "Shiny Shiny" 16 74 22 37
  • 7" vinyl single (Regard – RG106)
  • 7" Picture disc (Regard – RGP106)
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGT106)
"Sister Friction" 62
  • 7" vinyl single (Regard – RG108)
  • Shaped 10" Picture disc (Regard – RGP108)
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGT108)
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGC200) Italian only release
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions Formats
1982 Battle Hymns for Children Singing 53
  • 12" LP (Regard – RGLP6000)
  • Cassette
2000 Battle Hymns for Children Singing
  • CD album (Razor & Tie)
2007 Battle Hymns for Children Singing
  • CD album (Cherry Pop)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic.com
  2. ^ a b "Biography by Andy Kellman". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Boy George; Bright, Spencer (1995), Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George, Sidgewick & Jackson, p. 164 
  4. ^ Trustthedj.com
  5. ^ a b "British Chart". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Artist Chart History: Haysi Fantayzee". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 247. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "German charts". Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Austrian Chart" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  11. ^ a b "New Zealand Album Chart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 

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