• Appearing on two cult vinyl compilations, a prized CD restrospective and a major label boxed set


  • Their only single changing hands for astronomical sums almost thirty years after its release


  • The true story can now be told

     
         
         
         
     

    funboy five

    behind the legend

     
         
         
         
      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 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.

    the funboy five single in a yellow sleeve

         
     

    During the 1990s, the group posthumously gained 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'.

    cover of the funboy five CD, Very Hush! Hush!

         
     

    In 2009 came the remarkable discovery that even mega-hugeoid everything-owning Universal were fans of the Funboy Five when '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

         
     

    To mark the approximately thirty-fourth anniversary of their debut single, the Funboy Five have recorded new material from which will be culled a vinyl single to be issued in a limited edition of 500 during August 2014. They are promising at least a single a century from now on. And possibly even more... 

    New Funboy Five single for 2013

     
           
     
     

    Formation

     
     

    Early Recordings

     
     

    The John Peel session

     
     

    The Single

     
     

    The Label

     
     

    Last Days

     
     

    Before and After

     
     

    CDs and stuff for sale

     

    Funboy Five at Last FM

       
     
       
         
         
     

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