• Their first single changing hands for astronomical sums more than  thirty-five years after its release 

  • Appearing on two cult vinyl compilations and a major label boxed set, and in 2015 on a fully re-mastered vinyl abum retrospective

  • Steady stream of entirely new releases since 2014



funboy five

behind the legend

The Singles so far...

Released on the Cool-Cat-Daddy-O label in January 1980, the single 'Life After Death'/'Compulsive Eater' became the Funboy Five's only vinyl release during their initial 18-month existence, although the group also recorded a four-song radio session for the John Peel Show and its members appeared on records and cassette releases in other projects.

In the decade following its release, 'Life After Death'/'Compulsive Eater', complete with its "awful" handwritten stapled sleeve, available in blue, green, pink or yellow, became increasingly prized by collectors.

Funboy Five: Life After Death yellow cover

To mark the approximately thirty-fourth anniversary of their debut single, the Funboy Five  recorded new material and released a new vinyl single, 'Save The World', in a limited edition of 500, during August 2014. 

Funboy Five : Save The World

Like all the following, 'Save The World' is also available as a Bandcamp download:

Funboy Five : Red Herring

Funboy Five: Radio Free Asia cover

Funboy Five : I'm The Talk

Funboy Five: Vipers Of The Commonwealth cover

Funboy Five : The Return Of English Magic

Funboy Five: Ramptonesque cover

Funboy Five : The Celebrity As Commodity

Funboy Five: Ramptonesque cover

Funboy Five : Life In The Land Of The Living

Funboy Five : The Radmall Rundown

The Albums so far...

In early 2015, the back catalogue of the Funboy Five (and Milkshake Melon) was re-mastered and assembled as a vinyl album, Landmarks, Ruins and Memories, the first release on the Italian label Ave Phoenix.

In January 2019, the Funboy Five released  The Greatest Album Of All Time,  with ten songs  included a total re-working of the 2014 single 'Save The World'.

greatest album of all time cover

During the 1990s, the group had started gaining a wider audience when 'Life After Death' appeared on two cult vinyl compilations: Killed By Death (#007) and Teenage Treats (Vol 10).

cover of killed by death #007

cover of teenage treats vol 10

In 2006, the Funboy Five were honoured by appearing on Messthetics #101: D.I.Y. 77-81 London, a CD compilation complete with colour sleeve and detailed notes.

messthetics #101 sleeve


It seemed only right for the group to produce their own CD, Very Hush! Hush!, with 40 minutes of music including both sides of the single, an early demo version of 'Life After Death' and an alternative take of 'Compulsive Eater'.

Funboy Five: Very Hush! Hush! cover


In 2009 came the remarkable discovery that even entertainment industry octopus Universal wanted in: 'Life After Death' was included - under strict terms dictated by the band - on a 4-CD boxed set issued by that label to celebrate the work and influence of the radio DJ, John Peel.

Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the radio




The John Peel Session


Early Recordings


The Life After Death Single (1980)


 Recent singles (2014 to 2016)


The Cool-Cat-Daddy-O Label


Last Days and the 21st Century Revival


Before and After


Buy Stuff


Funboy Five digital downloads at bandcamp


Funboy Five Youtube channel