apparent evidence to the contrary, the original Funboy Five drummer
was called Robert Radmall, not Robert Radhall.
had asked him for his surname until the BBC observed this formality
during the recording of the Funboy Five’s John Peel Session. Robert
presumably gave his name correctly but somehow it got misheard or
misspelt and became written to posterity as Radhall.
never mentioned the error and the first the other Funboy Five members
knew of it was 35 years later when they heard the sad news of his
death, bizarrely via the BBC television programme Heir Hunters
which Robert was featured, having died without leaving a will and
with no known family.
the Funboy Five, Robert attended
College and played with another band, who were and shall remain
nameless, who provided the pics on this page. He
highly regarded in London film and photography circles; see the
memorial website robertradmallrip.com, which also
holds the Funboy Five's recollections of Robert.
Funboy Five created their own musical tribute to Robert with 'The
Rundown', available as a free download (click the pic below then click
was a unique character who had a positive an impact on all who knew
him. We missed him when he left the band. We miss him again now.