Formed in January 1979, the Funboy Five were an English post-punk band from Hemel HempsteadHertfordshire and originally had four members, Mick Sinclair (guitar and vocals), John McRae (Keyboards), Bob Brimson (bass) and Robert Radhall (drums).[1]

While gigging sporadically in London and south-east England, the band recorded a three-track demo which earned them a review in Sounds[2] and a session for the John Peel Show. First broadcast in October 1979,[3] the session was followed in January 1980 by a single, "Life After Death"/"Compulsive Eater", which also saw the debut of the new rhythm section of Dave Tyler (bass) and Paul Ingram (drums), released on the band's own Cool-Cat-Daddy-O record label.[1] Also released on the label in 1980 was a 7-track cassette Funboy Five Shall Inherit The Earth, which included demos and other material.[4]

Although the band ceased recording and playing live in 1981, the single became a sought-after rarity among collectors of DIY vinyl[5] and was listed in journalist Johan Kugelberg’s 100 best records of the post-punk DIY-era, first published in Ugly Things magazine.[6] During the 1990s and 2000s, "Life After Death" featured on two unofficial vinyl compilations, Teenage Treats Vol.10 [1] and Killed By Death #007.[7]

During 2001, the band gathered their recorded material together for a 13-track CD, Very Hush! Hush!, shared with Milkshake Melon, Mick Sinclair’s solo alter-ego.[1] In 2007, the band were represented by two tracks on Messthetics #101: DIY 77-81 London, a CD retrospective with "Compulsive Eater" on the main release and "Haircut Bob Dylan 66" as a mp3 bonus track.[8]

In 2009, "Life After Death" was included on Universal’s four-CD tribute to John Peel, Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel On The Radio.[9]

A cover version of "Life After Death", by Talya Cooper, appeared as a digital download in 2011.

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