The Radmall Rundown

by Funboy Five

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One of the founding members of the Funboy Five in 1979, Robert Radmall (mistakenly credited as Robert Radhall) played on the band’s earliest recordings and on their John Peel Session. Although he left before the band recorded their debut vinyl single, Life After Death/Compulsive Eater, Robert participated in the band’s first, and still only, tour which saw the then three members, an organ, guitars and Robert’s drum kit, packed into a 1966 Austin 1100. Fortunately, the tour was only two dates.

Saddened to learn of Robert’s death during 2015, the surviving members of the band composed this instrumental tribute. It is very, very loosely based on Sonny Rollins’ East Broadway Run Down mainly because Robert was a fan of the record and once loaned his copy to Mick Sinclair.

Although actual Sonny Rollins fans (and indeed fans of proper jazz) should look away now, the idea was to create something that sounded like it was recorded in a 1950s basement jazz club with, of course, Robert playing drums. It isn’t Robert playing drums – but we wish it was.

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released July 25, 2016

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Funboy Five Twickenham, UK

Formed in January 1979, the Funboy Five recorded a radio session for the influential John Peel Show, and a single, Life After Death/Compulsive Eater, released in January 1980 on their own Cool-Cat-Daddy-O label.

In 2014, the band revived with a new vinyl single, Save The World/What Did You Do With The Body?, followed by 2015's Radio Free Asia.
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