Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Fun Boy Three: Waiting (1983)
"At least in dying you don't have to deal with new wave for a second time."
- Multitude of Casualties, The Hold Steady
I happen to like New Wave. After all, if you grow up listening to a certain genre, it's something that tends to stay with you as you age. That might explain why certain people can't get into modern music. Their tastes have hardened.
Terry Hall, formerly of The Specials (and subsequently of The Colourfield) created Fun Boy Three with a couple of other guys from The Specials. So, the three core members of Fun Boy Three all spent some time with The Specials. The band's only really big hit single was Our Lips are Sealed, which appears on this record. This song was co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of the The Go-Go's (there's no need for an apostrophe here) who recorded the track first.
Waiting was produced by David Byrne of Talking Heads. Another interesting thing to note is that Fun Boy Three brought Bananarama to the world. The three ladies in that band provided some backing vocals for the band. I am not a fan of the Go-Go's or of Bananarama. But, there is something interesting about Fun Boy Three.