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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Boy One?
The re-issue of The Fun Boy Three's eponymous début album is most welcome and long overdue. After leaving The Specials (and before reforming them 27 years later) Terry Hall has had a massively varied career, which started with this collaboration with fellow Specials Neville Staples and Lynval Golding.

The album was largely experimental as the trio had...
Published on 24 Sep 2009 by Paul Rodgers

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3.0 out of 5 stars T'aint What They Do
When Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding left The Specials to form The Fun Boy Three they were immediately condemned as feckless by breaking up the most exciting combo of their day and spurning arguably the best songwriter of that time, one Jerry Dammers.

With only Lynval being a musician and with Lynval and Terry only stepping outside of the vocal...
Published on 1 May 2008 by Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 ...


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Boy One?, 24 Sep 2009
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This review is from: The Fun Boy Three: Extended Edition (Audio CD)
The re-issue of The Fun Boy Three's eponymous début album is most welcome and long overdue. After leaving The Specials (and before reforming them 27 years later) Terry Hall has had a massively varied career, which started with this collaboration with fellow Specials Neville Staples and Lynval Golding.

The album was largely experimental as the trio had very little experience of playing instruments and only hired in one session musician to help them.

You'll find the hits The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum, It Ain't What You Do (which inadvertently launched Bananarama on a career trajectory their début single had not suggested!), The Telephone Always Rings and post album single Summertime here along with several bonus tracks, most of which are hard to find on CD and one of which is on CD for the first time here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It really was/is FUN, 17 Sep 2009
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Sheldon Cooper "baddestdba" (Pittsburgh, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fun Boy Three: Extended Edition (Audio CD)
What a great upbeat fun album from Terry Hall & mates. Have an original cd that gets a lot of play because it's just that good. Also this is the album that gave Bananarama their big break.Some of the songs deal with serious topics in the lyrics, see Lunatics Have Taken Over, but then this was the "fashion play your part to be workers & wear red" (China Crisis quote) era when it was fashionable to be anti Maggie Thatcher & Ronnie Reagan.

Really great to dance to at a party or just out on the patio (see the neighbor's reactions). Also lyrics aside it really has stood the test of time & doesn't sound dated. Of course not as intellectual as LLoyd Cole which sometimes is a good thing because he can get depressing at times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past, 5 Jan 2013
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What a great album. I have this on vinyl but very rarely play it but wanted to have a digital copy so purchased one. I wasn't disappointed and I think it still sounds great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun boy three, 13 Nov 2010
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Had this album on vinyl and still got it out to play many times so was thrilled when i saw it on amazon at such a low cost on CD , really pleased with the other songs aswell,another great CD that still gets played many times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars T'aint What They Do, 1 May 2008
This review is from: The Fun Boy Three (Audio CD)
When Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding left The Specials to form The Fun Boy Three they were immediately condemned as feckless by breaking up the most exciting combo of their day and spurning arguably the best songwriter of that time, one Jerry Dammers.

With only Lynval being a musician and with Lynval and Terry only stepping outside of the vocal booth to hit the odd bit of percussion breath was held expecting the release of percussion driven Specials demo's. And in effect that was exactly what they got, debut single `The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)' is indeed percussion driven and very lo-fi but is raised higher than most pop pundits expectations by being a great song.

Unfortunately Lunatics is the best track here with the remainder of the tracks here falling well within the expectations of the music press. The other singles `The Telephone Always Rings' and the cover of the jazz standard `T-aint What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) do raise the bar slightly, the later mainly lifted by the backing singing of the then unknown Bananarama. Although on subsequent album `Waiting' FB3 did mature into a great band here is the sound of wasted talent.

Whatever The Specials may have done next we cannot know but it must have been better than this. It is telling that nearly thirty years later The Specials rather than FB3 are reforming.
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