Early third wave,late second wave.... whatever you want to call The Funaddicts,they deliver a unique take on the skankin' sounds
The Funaddicts is a 2nd wave Ska band from Brisbane, Australia who emerged in the mid-80’s and quickly gained a solid reputation for high energy ska gigs around the East coast of Australia. Taking inspiration from the British and Australian bands of the time like The Specials, Madness, The Beat, Bad Manners, Allniters and Strange Tenants, the Funaddicts attempted to combine the fun and frivolity of Ska/Reggae with politically based lyrics, best exemplified in songs like Mandela, Greed & Power and Queensland, while toons like What’s Going On and All Day Till Midnight showcased their nuttier good-time side. In 1987, the band scored a #1 position on the 4zzz charts for their independently released single “Mandela/What’s Going On?, the latter winning a Qld Sunnie Award for best original song. After disbanding in the early 90’s, in 2011, members of the group decided to dust off their boots, uncover some old recordings and most importantly reform and start playing gigs around Australia. This year the band returned to the studio to record the Beat cover “Jeanette’ as part of the UK Specialized 2 – Beat Cancer album which was internationally released in august to critical acclaim and is currently raising much needed funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The track “All Day Till Midnight” recorded in the late ‘80’s has also been re-released on the digital download album – Ska Lives 3. An 8 track EP of their earlier material has been released through bandcamp and will be in hard copy form early 2014. The Funaddicts are now preparing a new album for release during 2014 which will contain old and new favourites recorded by the current line up!
The first full length release for The Funaddicts, lovingly crafted over 30 years like a fine malt whisky!
What’s the Rush? It would seem there isn’t one. In 1987 Chris announced on daytime television that we looked forward to be releasing our debut album early next year (1988). Well, we didn’t! Then we broke up! Then we drifted apart! Then, in 2011 we reformed! In 2013, while recording a track for a benefit album we laid down the first beds for the album. Sporadic visits to the studio, when we could afford it, over the next 3 years saw us slowly, but surely, building the album that you are listening to right now. 2 ½ or 30 years in the making you take your pick. Enjoy the music – it’s later than you think!
released April 1, 2017
Somebody Got Murdered
Lively Up Yourself (Sneak Peek)
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet