Remembering The Brits and the Euro New Wave Scene
The Specials video-link below. “Ghost Town”
Fun Boy Three video-link “The Lunatics have taken the assylum”
Fun Boy Three video-link “Our Lips are Sealed”
A muscian once said these words to me. He said “Count- AKA Blacula” The music scene is lacking. He then wanted to find out what the British invasion and new ave really was. The British invasion is still felt today in the uderground and lets say avante garde scene. Yeah Trash Metal, Euro Dance, Techno, and House musciv. Today so many musicians bite samples from this invasion-Only us Counts of the Cathars faith can educate you. So here we go-The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. They have had hits in the United Kingdom, and their music is featured in film and television soundtracks. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up.
In 1981 Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful English 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 jungle-drum-inspired “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)” and the brassy, cynical anthem “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 the song “Our Lips Are Sealed” from 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 States 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 (It’s the Way That You Do It)“; the Fun Boy Three later sang on the Bananarama song “Really Saying Something“.
Hall went on to create the short-lived project The Colourfield, who had one hit in 1985, before forming less successful bands Vegas and Terry, Blair & Anouchka. He also embarked on a solo career and maintains respect from musicians and fans alike, with many acts citing him as an influence.
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