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Music / The Fun Boy Three

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British new wave pop group formed in 1981 by Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Neville Staple, who had broken away from The Specials over Creative Differences. They released only two albums, a self-titled debut album (1982) and Waiting (1983), before splitting up in 1983.

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  • Album Intro Track: Both albums have them.
    • The Fun Boy Three has "Sanctuary", 1:22 of the Fun Boys and Bananarama doing Ominous Latin Chanting.
    • Waiting has the instrumental "Murder She Said", by way of introducing and showcasing their new backing band.
  • Anti-Love Song: "The Tunnel Of Love".
  • Cover Version:
    • "Murder She Said" is a cover of the theme from the 1950s Miss Marple films.
    • "Our Lips Are Sealed" is often thought to be one, but it was co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin, so while The Go-Go's got their version out a lot sooner, both bands co-own it.
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  • Fake-Out Opening: "Murder She Said" is a pretty, jolly, ornate instrumental. The rest of the album is back to their miserable old selves.
  • New Sound Album: Waiting, which had a full backing group and generally moved away from the minimalism of their debut.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: "Sanctuary", the Album Intro Track on The Fun Boy Three.
  • Rock-Star Song: "The Telephone Always Rings".
  • Sarcastic Title: The name, The Fun Boy Three.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut.
  • Shirtless Scene: Neville goes shirtless on the sleeve photo for "Summertime".
  • Special Guest: Bananarama on several tracks on The Fun Boy Three. The favour was returned when the Fun Boys themselves appeared as special guests on Bananarama's cover of "Really Saying Something".


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