Haysi Fantayzee

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Haysi Fantayzee
Origin England
Genres New wave, synthpop
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 was a British pop[1] band of the early 1980s. Songs include "John Wayne Is Big Leggy", released in 1982 and "Shiny Shiny", released in 1983.[1]

Career[edit]

Haysi Fantayzee was formed in 1981 and consisted of Jeremy Healy (also known as "Jeremiah"), Kate Garner, and Garner's boyfriend songwriter/producer/manager Paul Caplin.[1] The band released four singles in 1982 and 1983: "John Wayne is Big Leggy", "Holy Joe", "Shiny Shiny", and "Sister Friction". They followed up with an album, Battle Hymns for Children Singing.

Before they were signed, the band attracted attention by sending video performances with their demo tapes to record companies, a highly unusual practice at the time. Their outfits were often designed by Garner, and 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 imitating his unusual look. Boy George later responded: "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..."[2]

Garner also appeared alongside Bananarama in the music video for "Who's That Girl" by 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.[3] He recorded on George's More Protein record label under the name E-Zee Possee.

Caplin went on to a career as an entrepreneur. He founded several technology firms, most recently Caplin Systems Ltd, which he sold in 2014. He now makes music with his wife Zeeteah Massiah.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Formats
UK
[4][5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
GER
[8]
IRE
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWI
[11]
US
[12]
1982 "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" 11 13 3 22 4
  • 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 3 22 11 37 74
  • 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)
"Chizoola"
  • 12" vinyl single (Regard – RGC200) Italian only release
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Formats
UK
[4]
AUS
[6]
GER
[8]
1983 Battle Hymns for Children Singing 53 48 40
  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Andy Kellman". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ Boy George; Bright, Spencer (1995), Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George, Sidgewick & Jackson, p. 164 
  3. ^ Trustthedj.com
  4. ^ a b "Official Charts > Haysi Fantayzee". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 247. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 135. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
  7. ^ "austriancharts.at > Haysi Fantayzee in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Haysi Fantayzee'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz > Haysi Fantayzee in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch > Haysi Fantayzee in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Haysi Fantayzee > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 

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