City Boy

Also known as Citi Boy
Members of City Boy: Chris Dunn, Lol Mason, Max Thomas, Mike Slamer, Roy Ward (2), Steve Broughton (3), Tony Braunagel
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Boy_%28band%29, http://cityboy.org/

Discography of City Boy:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Young Men Gone West 11 Audio 1977 Mercury
2 5.7.0.5. 2 Audio 1978 Mercury
3 Anthology 1976 - 80 18 Audio 2004
4 City Boy / Dinner At The Ritz 18 Audio 1998-04-07 Renaissance Records (3)
5 Young Men Gone West 11 Audio 1977 Vertigo
6 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
7 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
8 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Vertigo
9 Heads Are Rolling 2 Audio 1980 Vertigo
10 Heads Are Rolling 11 Audio 1980 Vertigo
11 5705 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
12 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979-07-00 Vertigo
13 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Mercury
14 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Vertigo
15 Surgery Hours (Doctor, Doctor) 2 Audio 1976 Vertigo
16 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 2 Audio 1979 Vertigo
17 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Vertigo
18 Summer In The Schoolyard / The World Loves A Dancer 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
19 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Mercury
20 I've Been Spun / Goodbye Blue Monday 2 Audio 1977-10-00 Vertigo
21 "5.7.0.5." 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
22 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 2008-12-09 Renaissance Records (3)
23 5.7.0.5. 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
24 What A Night 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
25 Young Men Gone West 11 Audio 1977 Vertigo
26 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
27 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Vertigo
28 5.7.0.5. 2 Audio 1978 Mercury
29 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
30 Dinner At The Ritz 10 Audio 1977 Mercury
31 Book Early 11 Audio 1978 Vertigo
32 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Atlantic
33 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
34 It's Personal 9 Audio 1981 Vertigo
35 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 8 Audio 1993
36 Heads Are Rolling 11 Audio 1980 Atlantic
37 Dinner At The Ritz 10 Audio 1977 Mercury
38 Heads Are Rolling 11 Audio 1980 Atlantic
39 City Boy 9 Audio 1975 Vertigo
40 City Boy 9 Audio 1975 Mercury
41 The Day The Earth Caught Fire 12 Audio 1979 Vertigo
42 Turn On To Jesus 2 Audio 1978 Vertigo
43 She's Got Style 2 Audio 1977 Vertigo
44 Dinner At The Ritz 10 Audio 2011
45 What A Night 2 Audio 1978 Mercury
46 City Boy 9 Audio 2008-08-05 Renaissance Records (3)
47 Dinner At The Ritz 10 Audio 2008-08-05 Renaissance Records (3)
48 Dinner At The Ritz 10 Audio 1976 Vertigo
49 Young Men Gone West 11 Audio 2008-08-05 Renaissance Records (3)
50 Book Early 11 Audio 2008-08-05 Renaissance Records (3)


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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