City Boy

City Boy

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City Boy were a moderately successful English rock band in the late 1970s, characterised by complex vocal arrangements and heavy guitars. Their most popular songs were "5.7.0.5." and "The Day The Earth Caught Fire".

In the early 1970s Lol Mason, Steve Broughton, Max Thomas and Chris Dunn were playing folk music in the Birmingham area. They toured the clubs of the Midlands until, towards the end of 1975, they decided to turn professional. Meanwhile Broughton had begun to write quite impressive songs. They were offered a recording contract by Phonogram Records on condition that they change their name (they were called "Back In the Band") and add drums and electric guitar. This prompted them to recruit Roger Kent and Mike Slamer.

Their first albums failed to impress the audience, although some critics gave quite favourable reviews to City Boy (1975) and Dinner At The Ritz (1976). It was not until 1978, and their hit song "5.7.0.5.", and the subsequent album Book Early, that the public realised their potential. The single reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, achieving also a silver award for 200,000 copies sold, although the album failed to scratch the UK Albums Chart.

They were able to repeat their success with their 1979 album, The Day The Earth Caught Fire, and its title song as a single release. After that, Broughton left the band, but they had one more successful album with Heads Are Rolling in 1980. Many critics believe this one to be their best, but then their recording contract expired. In 1981 one last record, It's Personal, failed to attract any attention. Most of City Boy's albums were labelled and distributed by Vertigo Records, also known as PolyGram and Polydor.

Unable to secure a contract with any of the major companies, the band split up in 1982. Lol Mason formed The Maisonettes in 1982.

In the Philippines, the group was briefly popular for another song, "Speechless", the track from the band that played there. In 2000, Jorn Lande covered "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" with Ronni Le Tekro on guitar and Sid Ringsby on bass.

In August 2008, several City Boy albums, Book Early, Young Men Gone West, Dinner at the Ritz and the band's self-titled debut, were reissued. It is unclear if the rest of the band's catalogue will be reissued.
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City Boy Discography

Albums

RJ-7176 City Boy City Boy (Album) Vertigo RJ-7176 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
6360 136 City Boy Dinner At The Ritz (Album) Vertigo 6360 136 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
SRM-1-1182 City Boy Young Men Gone West (Album) Mercury SRM-1-1182 US 1977 Sell This Version
6360 163 City Boy Book Early (Album) Vertigo 6360 163 Singapore 1978 Sell This Version
9102 036 City Boy The Day The Earth Caught Fire (Album) Vertigo 9102 036 UK 1979 Sell This Version
6359 024 City Boy Heads Are Rolling (Album) Atlantic 6359 024 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
6359 066 City Boy It's Personal (Album) Vertigo 6359 066 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6059 128 City Boy Shake My Head And Leave / Teleulah (Single) Vertigo 6059 128 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
73858 City Boy Surgery Hours (Doctor, Doctor) (Single) Vertigo 73858 US 1975 Sell This Version
6059 137 City Boy Hap-Ki-Do Kid (Single) Vertigo 6059 137 UK 1976 Sell This Version
6059 176 City Boy She's Got Style (Single) Vertigo 6059 176 UK 1977 Sell This Version
6059 183 City Boy I've Been Spun / Goodbye Blue Monday (Single) Vertigo 6059 183 UK 1977 Sell This Version
DJ-486 City Boy The Violin(7", Single, Promo) Mercury DJ-486 US 1977 Sell This Version
6059 211 City Boy What A Night / Medicine (Single) Vertigo 6059 211 UK 1978 Sell This Version
MK-55 City Boy 5705 (Single) Vertigo MK-55 US 1978 Sell This Version
6059 198 City Boy Turn On To Jesus (Single) Vertigo 6059 198 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
6059 225 City Boy Summer In The Schoolyard / The World Loves A Dancer(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 225 Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
3612 City Boy The Day The Earth Caught Fire (Single) Vertigo 3612 US 1979 Sell This Version
6059 363 City Boy Need A Little Loving(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 363 UK 1980 Sell This Version
6059 374 City Boy Heads Are Rolling(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 374 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
CITY 1 City Boy Lovers(7", Single) Vertigo CITY 1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
3789 City Boy You're Leaving Me(7", Promo) Atlantic 3789 US 1981 Sell This Version
OG 9899 Lindisfarne / City Boy Lindisfarne / City Boy - Run For Home / 5 - 7- 0 - 5(7", Single) Old Gold (2) OG 9899 UK 1989 Sell This Version

Compilations

RMED00217 City Boy Young Men Gone West / Book Early(2xCD, Comp) Renaissance Records (3) RMED00217 US 1998 Sell This Version
RMED00216 City Boy City Boy / Dinner At The Ritz(2xCD, Comp) Renaissance Records (3) RMED00216 US 1998 Sell This Version

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LJWB

LJWB

August 20, 2010
Discography not comlet
City Boy - It's Personal 12" Vinyl (1981) is missing.

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