• Appearing on two cult vinyl compilations and a prized CD restrospective

  • Their only single changing hands for astronomical sums more than twenty-five years after its release

  • The true story can now be told


    the funboy five

    behind the legend

      Released on the Cool-Cat-Daddy-O label in January 1980, the single 'Life After Death'/'Compulsive Eater' became the Funboy Five's only vinyl release during their 18-month existence, although the group also recorded a four-song radio session for the John Peel Show and its members appeared on records and cassette releases in other projects.

    In the decade following its release, 'Life After Death'/'Compulsive Eater', complete with its "awful" handwritten stapled sleeve, available in blue, green, pink or yellow, became increasingly prized by collectors.

    the funboy five single in a yellow sleeve


    During the 1990s, the group posthumously gained a wider audience when 'Life After Death' appeared on two cult vinyl compilations: Killed By Death (#007) and Teenage Treats (Vol 10).

    cover of killed by death #007

    cover of teenage treats vol 10


    In 2006, the Funboy Five were honoured by appearing on Messthetics #101: D.I.Y. 77-81 London, a CD compilation complete with colour sleeve and detailed notes.

    messthetics #101 sleeve


    It seemed only right for the group to produce their own CD, Very Hush! Hush!, with 40 minutes of music including both sides of the single, an early demo version of 'Life After Death' and an alternative take of 'Compulsive Eater'.

    cover of the funboy five CD, Very Hush! Hush!

    In 2009, came the remarkable discovery that even mega-hugeoid everything-owning Universal were fans of the Funboy Five when 'Life After Death' was included - under strict terms dictated by the band - on a 4-CD boxed set issued by that label to celebrate the work and influence of the radio DJ, John Peel.

    Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the radio




    Early Recordings


    The John Peel session


    The Single


    The Label


    Last Days


    Before and After


    CDs and stuff for sale


    Funboy Five at Last FM