It’s hard to believe that it was 35 years ago this month (March of 1982), that the Fun Boy Three, comprised of three ex-members of The Specials (Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staple), released their first self-titled album. It’s fair to say that the album had a huge impact on me as a music fan and a musician. The Fun Boy Three succeeded in taking me out of my comfort zone and also opened my mind to the ways that music could be fun, subversive and serious all at the same time. While “The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum” had a strong Specials influence — it was the uniquely strange and hypnotic “Way On Down” along with “Alibi” and the insanely catchy “The Telephone Always Ring” (which explores Hall’s agoraphobia) that helped me to appreciate the darkly weird world view and talents of Terry Hall
Marco On The Bass plays bass in Rude Boy George, and Buster is pretty sure that is the best band name in all of ever. Marco knows ska inside and out as a longtime touring and recording musician and fan of all things ska and ska related. Buster is proud to re-post snippets of his blog posts with links to the original posts. Read Marco On The Bass daily and your ska life will be enlightened!