The Farmer's Boys were a four-piece band from Norwich, UK who formed in 1980 and were active until 1985. Despite being a guitar based band, they had the peculiarity of not having a drummer, instead preferring to use a drum machine. The group moved from an independent label to EMI in 1983 although failed to enjoy mainstream success. 
Links to Peel
Peel featured the band on his show right from their first single release 'I Think I Need Help', which made it into the 1982 Festive Fifty, as did the follow-up single 'Whatever Is He Like'? Peel was always keen on promoting local East Anglian talent, as evidenced by the many sessions recorded by their contemporaries The Higsons .
The group recorded their initial session in September 1982 under the name of 'Kid Brian and His Farmer's Boys'. Two further Peel sessions as 'The Farmer's Boys' followed. Peel saw the band play live on at least one occasion . On the programme of 17 October 1984 he expressed his frustration at their lack of commercial success.
In the late 1990s, most of the members of the band formed the Great Outdoors, picking up several plays on the Peel show in the period 1999 - 2001.
Festive Fifty Entries
Debut session released on the compilation CD 'Once Upon A Time In The East (The Early Years 1981-1982)' Backs Recording Company NCHCD19 (2003).
- Soft Drink / Description Of The River Waveney At Wartwell / The Country Line / Drinking And Dressing Up / With These Hands I Built The World
- The Way You Made Me Cry / Matter Of Fact / Probably One Of The Best Investments I Ever Made / I Don't Know Why I Don't Like All My Friends
- Terry Edwards guests on brass.
- Sport For All / Walk About / All Of A Sudden / Heartache
- I Lack Concentration
- Muck It Out
- The Old Spotted Dog
- I Think I Need Help
- A Promise You Can't Keep
- More Than A Dream
Other Shows Played
- 03 March 1982: I Think I Need Help (single) Waap WAAP3
- 23 September 1982: Muck It Out (7" flexi) Masterbag magazine
- 24 August 1982: Muck It Out (7" flexi) Masterbag BAG 006
- 21 October 1982: Soft Drink (Various LP - Touchdown Fontana Touch 1 Touch 2
- 18 November 1982: Unknown
- 01 December 1982: The Country Line (7" - More Than A Dream) Backs
- 13 December 1982: More Than A Dream (7") Backs NCH003
- 15 December 1982: I Think I Need Help (7") FF#50
- 23 December 1982: Whatever Is He Like? (7") Backs FF#21
- December 1982 (BBC World Service): More Than A Dream (7") Backs NCH003
- 20 February 1983 (BFBS): I Lack Concentration (7" - Whatever Is He Like) Backs
- 22 March 1983: Muck It Out (7") EMI
- 27 March 1983 (BFBS): Muck It Out (7") EMI
- 05 June 1983 (BFBS): Muck It Out (7") EMI
- 20 June 1983: Muck It Out
- 27 July 1983 (BFBS): Something That I Ate (2x7" - For You) EMI EMID 5401
- 22 October 1983 (BFBS): Matter Of Fact (album - Get Out & Walk) EMI EMC 1077993
- 22 October 1983 (BFBS): Probably One Of The Best Investments I Ever Made (album - Get Out & Walk) EMI EMC 1077993
- 12 November 1983 (BFBS): Soft Drink (album - Get Out & Walk) EMI EMC 1077993
- 03 April 1984: Apparently (7") EMI
- 26 April 1984: Apparently (7") EMI
- 18 July 1984: In The Country (7") EMI
- 17 October 1984: Phew Wow! (7") EMI
- ↑ The closest they came to having a hit single was with a cover of the Cliff Richard song "In The Country", which stalled just outside the Top 40 in the summer of 1984.
- ↑ The Higsons' Terry Edwards added trumpet and sax to some early FB recordings, including the group's second sessions for both Peel and Kid Jensen. He also occasionally played live with the group .