Fun Boy Three (album)

The Fun Boy Three is the debut album by the Fun Boy Three, a band consisting of three ex-members of the UK ska band the Specials: Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding. It was released in 1982 by Chrysalis Records and was re-released in 1999 by EMI as Fame. Several songs on the album feature backing vocals by the female pop trio Bananarama. Three singles were released from the album: "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)", "It Ain't What You Do It's the Way That You Do It", and a remix (with overdubbed horns) of "The Telephone Always Rings".

The Fun Boy Three
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1982
StudioThe Bridge Studios, London
GenreSka, pop
ProducerDave Jordan, The Fun Boy Three
The Fun Boy Three chronology
The Fun Boy Three
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[2]
Record Collector4/5 stars[3]
Record Mirror4/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB[5]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Neville Staple except where noted.

  1. "Sanctuary" (with Bananarama)
  2. "Way on Down"
  3. "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)"
  4. "Life in General (Lewe in Algemeen)"
  5. "Faith, Hope and Charity"
  6. "Funrama 2" (with Bananarama)
  7. "Best of Luck Mate"
  8. "It Ain't What You Do It's the Way That You Do It" (with Bananarama) (Melvin "Sy" Oliver, James "Trummy" Young)
  9. "The Telephone Always Rings"
  10. "I Don't Believe It"
  11. "Alone" (with Bananarama)


  • Terry Hall – vocals, producer
  • Neville Staple – percussion, vocals, producer
  • Lynval Golding – guitar, vocals, producer
  • Dick Cuthell – horns
  • Keren Woodward – background vocals (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11)
  • Sara Dallin – background vocals (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11)
  • Siobhan Fahey – background vocals (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11)
  • Bananarama - additional lead vocals sung by (tracks 6 and 8)
  • Sean Carasov – voice on the telephone
  • Kevin Fuller - lacquer cut
  • Frank Elton - cover effects
  • Allen Zentz – mastering
  • John Sims - visual effects
  • Dave Jordan - producer
  • Allan Ballard – photography


Chart (1982) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report) 84[6]

U.K. charts peak position No.7


  1. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann. "Fun Boy Three – Fun Boy Three". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ Green, Thomas H. (16 September 2009). "The Fun Boy Three, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Jake (December 2009). "The Fun Boy Three – The Fun Boy Three: Extended Version". Record Collector. No. 369. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ Nicholls, Mike (13 March 1982). "Fun Boys take over...". Record Mirror. p. 17.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 June 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 119. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.