Aged 15, Mick Sinclair made a
prominent appearance in the video for Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine' but
as an adult, prior to the Funboy Five, played guitar
and occasional vocal in the Anal Surgeons
(also briefly, and less memorably, known as The Untouchables). Later,
he was behind Milkshake
Melon and was half of the duo that created 'Great Disasters That Shook the World
& Marion', a 1980 cassette release that may yet emerge, with
bonus tracks, as a CD. He also created Das Boomerang,
whose rendition of the Leonard Cohen song 'Suzanne' appeared on the
Glass Records vinyl compilation, Shadow and Substance: The Wonderful
World of Glass Vol.2, in 1984.
From mid-1981 however writing about music,
rather than playing or recording it, steadily became a full-time
After the Funboy Five, John joined
the Sheep, a group that took the world less by storm than by a dark
cloud lurking in a clear blue sky, and later Red Hedgehog.
Took his bass to The Bears
expecting greater things but later found more fame as a actor with a
decently-sized role in the film, The Krays, among other screen
appearances. He found more lasting employment in the music business
working with, among others, Terence Trent D'Arby, and co-managing
Echobelly and XTC, before finding a self-styled niche as a dispute
arbitrator between artists and record labels.
enigmatic a drummer as anyone
could wish for, Robert was rumoured to have left the Funboy Five to
return to the regular money of the cabaret circuit. About this not much
is known, but not much was ever known about Robert back then save for
that he was partial to the writings of George Orwell, which is why he
was credited as "Robert Blair" on the 'Life After Death' sleeve,
although he didn't play on the record. It did become known in 2016 that
his actual name was Robert Radmall and that he had sadly died in 2015.
He's remembered by the Funboy Five here and by the band and many others at Robert Radmall R.I.P.
Played in The Sheep with John McRae
after the demise of the Funboy Five, and subsequently Painted Children
among other local non-legends of the Rickmansworth, Hemel Hempstead,
Watford area before moving to Birmingham and (at different times)
joining "two underrated guitar bands", The Haywires and Bikini Red, who
were nearly part of the Moseley scene from whence came Fuzzbox,
Birdland and Ocean Colour Scene. He also left school.
About a year after the Funboy Five
left the world, albeit temporarily, the Fun Boy Three emerged, composed
of ex-members of
The Specials. The similarity in name was, as far as we know,
coincidence although when the FB3 began using some of the same song
titles (for quite different songs) as the Funboy Five, the coincidence
became even greater.
No less a coincidence was the fact
that Mick Sinclair reviewed the Fun Boy Three's first gig.