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Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful Englishmarker band which ran from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.


They dispensed with the darker, moody sound and demeanour which they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success in the ska revival of the late 1970s and went into a much brighter, poppier phase with this new band, though maintaining savagery and wit within the lyrics and Hall's wholly expressionless persona.

Together, they set about making music which covered a variety of genres. The band enjoyed six UK Top 20 hits, including "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" and "Tunnel of Love" and created two albums of which the eponymous Fun Boy Three was the most successful.

The trio's last UK hit was "Our Lips Are Sealed" from the album Waiting, co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, who had scored a U.S. hit with the song a year earlier. They then toured the United Statesmarker and split afterwards.

They were also credited with helping launch the career in 1982 of Bananarama, whom Hall first saw in The Face magazine. The three women provided credited chorus vocals on the hit "T'ain't What You Do "; the Fun Boy Three later sang on the Bananarama song "Really Saying Something".



Year Album details Chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)


1982 Fun Boy Three 7 17
  • UK: Gold
1983 Waiting
  • Released: February 1983
  • Label: Chrysalis
14 11 104
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Title Album Chart positions



U.S. Club Play
1981 "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" Fun Boy Three 20 28 46
1982 "It Ain't What You Do...."

(Fun Boy Three with Bananarama)
4 55 5 37 49
"Really Saying Something"

(Bananarama with Fun Boy Three)
Deep Sea Skiving

(Bananarama album)
5 74 9 16
"The Telephone Always Rings" Fun Boy Three 17 29
"Summertime" 18 13
"The More I See (The Less I Believe)" Waiting 68
1983 "Tunnel of Love" 10 14
"Our Lips Are Sealed" 7 13
"The Farm Yard Connection"
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.



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