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The lunatics have taken over the '80s

27

October

Edgar Allan Poe may have died in 1849, but his influence is still felt in the horror genre today. Perhaps it was Poe that inspired today's spooky song by Fun Boy Three entitled The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum).

In 1845, Poe published the story The System Of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether that was the inspiration for the same named song by the Alan Parsons Project on their Poe-inspired 1976 debut album entitled Tales Of Mystery And Imagination. The story concerns the odd happenings at a mental hospital where (spoiler alert for a 172-year-old book) the surprise twist is that the audience learns that the patients have switched places with the medical staff.

Cut to 1981, when Fun Boy Three emerged after the breakup of The Specials. Their first single was The Lunatics (Haven Taken Over The Asylum) and was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. The video for The Lunatics is pretty low budget with the members of Fun Boy Three looking in a trance in the midst of some plastic plants that are supposed to be part of a jungle. Regardless of the basic set, the song is a perfect combination of mysterious music with a great song title.

For those who have enjoyed both the Fun Boy Three song and the Poe storyline might check out an underrated movie from 2014 called Stonehearst Asylum that included in its cast can't lose actors like Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Brendan Gleeson.

[Last modified: Friday, October 27, 2017 9:51am]

    

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