Before One Direction, there was Blue. Blue was preceded by Five, who followed Take That. Britain’s boy band history is full of great pop stars. But do you remember 80s boybands?
Today we talk about a forgotten trio: Big Fun.
The Big Fun story starts in the 80s when Seventh Avenue’s (a short-lived group) members Phil Creswick and Jason John, encouraged by friends, joined singer, songwriter Mark Gillespie to create the band.
And soon, they catch the attention of English songwriting and record producing trio Stock, Aitken And Waterman.
Big Fun’s first single “Living for your love” flopped but they reached the top five of the UK singles chart in August 1989 with “Blame it on the boogie”, a cover version of The Jacksons’ 1978 hit.
Their only album “A pocketful of dreams” was released in 1990 and produced two more top 40 singles: “Can’t shake the feeling” and “Handful of promises”.
In 1994, the group split after Jason John left.
After disbanding, Philip Creswick became a painter and decorator. Recently, he had in trouble with the law after selling drugs for chemsex parties from his living room.
Jason John managed the solo career of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and ex-Blue singer Lee Ryan. He later moved in Brazil where decided in 2010 to put together a boyband called P9. Their first and only album was released in July 2013.
Mark Gillespie is now living in London with his male partner, and is no longer connected to the music industry.
Rumour has it that Jason John passed away in January of 2019 in Brazil. Can anyone confirm this?
Unaware of thid rumour but wishbBigvFun would reunite and tour in Australia where 80s bands are very popular.
Big Fun my favourite group.
They were popular way before boy bands roamed the Earth!
Yes Sir. I agree ,thanks thought I as the only fan lol .
Just to say Loved there tunes I know it was al Stock Akin etc but love the songs still do hope the 3 guys are living and well I did my thing though. If your out there Big Fun Thankyou x
Loved them in the 80’s /90’s and still listening to my two favourite songs….. Jason is still my favourite………he came from Coventry where my family also comes from….❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I wish I was Mark Gillespie’s partner, he was one of the first males that caught my attention in 1989. Teen hormones.