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City Boy

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 and the album scratched the Top 30 of 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 of 2008, several City Boy albums, "Book Early", "Young Men Gone West", "Dinner at the Ritz" and the band's self-titled album, were reissued.

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City Boy

  1. Moonlight (Shake My Head And Leave)
  2. Deadly Delicious
  3. Surgery Hours (Doctor Doctor)
  4. Sunset Boulevard
  5. Oddball Dance
  6. 5000 Years/Don't Know Can't Tell
  7. The Hap-ki-do Kid
  8. The Greatest Story Ever Told
  9. Haymaking Time

Dinner At The Ritz

  1. Momma's Boy
  2. Walk On The Water
  3. Narcissus
  4. Dinner At The Ritz
  5. Goodbye Blue Monday
  6. The Violin
  7. State Secrets - A Thriller


Young Men Gone West

  1. 5-7-0-5
  2. Summer In The School Yard
  3. Goodbye Laurelie
  4. Raise Your Glass (To Foolish Me)
  5. Cigarettes
  6. What A Night
  7. Do What You Do, Do Well
  8. The World Loves A Dancer
  9. Beth
  10. Moving In Circles
  11. Dangerous Ground

Book Early

  1. Bordello Night
  2. Dear Jean (I'm Nervous)
  3. Honeymooners
  4. She's Got Style
  5. Bad For Business
  6. Young Men Gone West
  7. I've Been Spun
  8. One After Two
  9. The Runaround
  10. The Man Who Ate His Car
  11. Millionaire
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The Day The Earth Caught Fire

  1. The Day The Earth Caught Fire
  2. It's Only The End Of The World
  3. Interrupted Melody
  4. Modern Love Affair
  5. New York Times
  6. Up In The Eighties
  7. Machines
  8. Ambition: a. Ambition, b. Me And My Tarot, c. Rev-On, d. The End


Heads Are Rolling

  1. Mr. Shoes
  2. Heads Are Rolling
  3. Need A Little Loving
  4. Change In The Weather
  5. Domino
  6. Speechless
  7. Bloody Sunday
  8. The Sound Of The Bell
  9. You're Leaving Me
  10. Heaven For The Holidays
  11. Life On The Balcony


It's Personal

  1. No Ordinary Life
  2. Rat Race
  3. The Blind Leading The Blind
  4. La Guerra de Mondo
  5. Lovers
  6. It's Personal
  7. Who Killed Delores
  8. Names And Addresses
  9. Exit The Heavyweight



1. 5-7-0-5
2. I’ve Been Spun
3. (Moonlight) Shake My Head And Leave
4. Dinner At The Ritz
5. The Day Earth Caught Fire
6. Heads Are Rolling
7. Beth
8. Hap-Ki-Do Kid
9. Bad For Business
10. Modern Lover Affairs
11. She’s Got Style
12. Need A Little Loving
13. What A Night
14. Surgery Hours (Doctor Doctor)
15. Goodbye Blue Monday
16. New York Times
17. You’re Leaving Me
18. Young Men Gone West