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Birmingham, United Kingdom (1975 – present)

There are at least two artists which have used the name City Boy:
1. A rock band from the United Kingdom
2. A rapper from the United States

1. City Boy was a moderately successful British rock band in the late 1970s, characterised by complex vocal arrangements and heavy guitars. Their most popular songs were 5-7-0-5 and The Day the Earth Caught Fire. Their first five albums were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In the early 1970’s Lol Mason, Steve Broughton, Max Thomas and Chris Dunn were playing folk music in the Birmingham area. They toured the folk clubs of the Midlands until, towards the end of 1975, they decided to try it the professional way. Meanwhile Broughton had begun to write quite impressive songs. They were offered a recording contract by Phonogram Records on condition that they add drums and electric guitar. This prompted them to recruit Roger Kent and Mike Slamer.

Their first albums failed to impress the audience, although some critics gave quite favourable reviews to City Boy (1975) and Dinner At the Ritz (1976). It was not until 1978, and their hit song 5-7-0-5, and the subsequent album Book Early, that the public realised their potential. The single reached the Top 10 of the British charts and the album scratched the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart.


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  • porcelain_tree

    These guys made a huge impact on me. Saw them live in '79. Thought they'd be huge, but they disappeared. Now no one knows them at all.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sophiamhalo

    amazing......... wow

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • tippnick

    love it with cult bands like city boy, theres a comment every 6 months or so haha...spose theyre not even cult, but a great little band...5000 years/ dont know, cant tell!

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • centaureg

    A great band that never got its due.

    26 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Hassikidee

    Also popular in the Netherlands: i love it!

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LFDibley

    Great band. Haven't heard of them until I saw Max Thomas in the lineup on an old episode of Buzzcocks two days ago.

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • bertrant

    What a great band...

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • evilfran

    loved when it came out, over 30 years ago

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • nielska

    They are so good.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • kaynyl

    One of the best bands ever!!!

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • lordbloodraven

    Agreed, the Ambition Suite is amazing. One of my favorite pieces of music ever. Definitely should have been much more successful than they were.

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KevFeedback

    Have managed to find It's Personal at long last, as well as a concert from 1979 plus 5705 with the original lyrics. This band should have been huge - absolutley criminal that they didn't make it. Seventh Key are well worth investigating, this is Mike Slamer's band with Kansas' Billy Greer

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • lerkenfeldt

    Ambition is one of the most complete songs ever. it is so amazing.

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • pipzuk

    oh, and try thix.... as covers go it's damned good (and you won't find the original on here!!!!) (YET!!!!)

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • pipzuk

    This band are one of the greatest tragedies of the music business, maybe they were badly marketed or a victim of the 80's radio airplay system but they shouldn't have faded away as they did. Their potential was amazing, I've seen them live many times and they did EVERYTHING right and they excelled musically too - I really miss them.

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lubricio

    The day the earth caught fire :)

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • lordbloodraven

    Loooove this band. All their albums (except It's Personal) have been released (re-released for some of them) on CD in the past few months..well, all of them except for Heads Are Rolling, which says will be available on December 23.

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Mrdrummer89

    I have a few bootlegs by City Boy as well. Live in Boston 78, Live in New York 79 and Gota Lejon Stockholm 79.

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Mrdrummer89

    Why is the New York Rap artist City Boy on this page also? Should it not be on its own page. The Band City Boy and the rapper have NOTHING IN COMMON.

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mrkpow

    Got chance to see them in Fresno in the late 70's Fav songs : Dinner @ the Ritz, Mommas Boy, Goodbye Blue Monday. Good Band, glad got chance to see them !

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
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