Their most popular songs were 5-7-0-5 and The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Their first five albums were produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. In the early 1970's Lol Mason, Steve Broughton, Max Thomas and Chris Dunn were playing folk music in the Birmingham area. They toured the folk clubs of the Midlands until, towards the end of 1975, they decided to try it the professional way. Meanwhile Broughton had begun to write quite impressive songs.
They were offered a recording contract by Phonogram Records on condition that they 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 British charts and the album scratched the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart. They were not really 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, Dunn and Broughton left the band, but they had one more mildly successful album with Heads Are Rolling in 1980. Many critics believe this one to be their best, but then their record deal expired. In 1981 one last record, It's Personal, failed to attract any attention, and was only released in Scandinavia. In 1982, the band split up. The first four of City Boy's albums were on the Vertigo label in Europe and Mercury in the US and Canada.
They signed a new record contract with Atlantic Records for the US and Canada commencing with the release of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" For more information please refer to the City Boy fan club website http://www.cityboy.org/ 2. City Boy is a rapper from the United States signed to the Larceny Entertainment label. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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