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Formed in January 1979, the Funboy Five originally had four members, Mick Sinclair (guitar and vocals), John McRae (Keyboards), Bob Brimson (bass) and Robert Radhall (drums).

While gigging sporadically in London and the Home Counties of England, the band recorded a demo which earned them a session for the influential John Peel Show, broadcast in October 1979, and they followed this with a single, Life After Death/Compulsive Eater, in January 1980.

With its low-budget, handwritten sleeve, the original single became something of a collectors item, featuring on two vinyl compilations as well as being listed in Johan Kugelberg’s 100 best records of the post-punk DIY-era, published in Ugly Things magazine. In 2007, some of the band’s back catalogue appeared on Messthetics #101: DIY 77-81 London, while Life After Death was included on Universal’s 2009 4-CD tribute to John Peel, titled Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel On The Radio.

The band have their own CD, Very Hush! Hush!, and still have copies of their original single, available through their website.


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  • bobgreen623

    It certainly is! I was lucky enough to see FB5 once, they were great

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • nonsensor

    holy crap life after death b/w compulsive eater is amazing

    17 Sep 2009 Reply

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