The band formed in 1998 when three musicians thought it would be a lark to play gigs dressed in monkey suits. With a bizarre mix of techno and rap, early FJM performed their gigs incognito, behind their masks. However, it was near impossible to see their instruments and also incredibly hot. So they ditched the suits, got another guitarist and a drummer, and started playing lots of parties.
Ralph, Andy, Rob and Jem have been playing together since the early noughties but when Sharon joined on vocals and saxophone, the band really began to shine!
Over the years, the Funky Junky Monkeys have played hundreds of gigs at parties, weddings, festivals, and even wakes! They have a simple formula: play the songs you would like to hear at a house party. And it s a formula that has worked well for them. They ve gotten so many bookings that they ve even put on their own festivals.
Five Pyramid Parties, two Godzilla s, three Cwm Fests and over twenty years later, the Funky Junky Monkeys are still going strong. They re a veritable party in a box!
What you can expect to hear from FJM. For a typical party such as a wedding the Funky Junky Monkeys usually play two sets of music, each around one hour long. If you have specific timings for your event we can adapt and fit in as required.
Our repertoire is always evolving but you can expect to hear some Buzzcocks, The Jam, Blondie, The Only Ones, T-Rex, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Small Faces, Tubeway Army, Dandy Warhols, Cockney Rebel, Foo Fighters, Chic, Jackie Wilson, Labelle, Wild Cherry, Happy Mondays plus a few of our own!
We are also happy to learn specific numbers for you given the time.