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Fine Young Cannibals

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(1984 – 1992)

Fine Young Cannibals were an English band best known for their 1989 hits “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”. According to the Good Thing Songfacts Fine Young Cannibals rose from the ashes of the UK band The Beat . When the band broke up in 1983, bassist David Steele and guitarist Andy Cox went on to form FYC with a new vocalist, actor/model Roland Gift whom they carefully chose after eight months of listening to cassettes. Their name came from the 1960 film All The Fine Young Cannibals starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.

The group was formed in 1984 and broke up in 1992, though they briefly returned to the studio in 1996 to record a new single “The Flame” which would complement their The Finest compilation to be released in the autumn of that year. Gift soon reactivated the brand and toured in the 2000s as Roland Gift and the Fine Young Cannibals. Their highest charting hits in the US were “She Drives Me Crazy”, and “Good Thing” (both reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100), both from the album The Raw And The Cooked, which itself reached number one in the US album charts.

Fine Young Cannibals appeared as the house band in the 1987 film comedy Tin Men, peforming some of the songs that ended up on The Raw And The Cooked.

Steele and Cox had previously recorded under the moniker Two Men a Drum Machine and a Trumpet.

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  • sidney_adv

    Gosto muito!

    19 Feb 12:22pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    She Drives Me Crazy ♥

    11 Jan 2:36pm Reply
  • moleseyfc

    i think you'll find the Buzzcocks did it first!!!!.... both versions are good in my opinion...but the Buzzcocks was the first and the best

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IronPenguin

    Ever Fallen in Love is a great track. The Buzzcocks ruined it. ;)

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    Good Thing!!!

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    I love this better than the other post-Beat stuff :D

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    OMGosh!!! They're not "ONE HIT WONDER"!!! They are AMAZING HIT MAKERS!!! :-)

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • flashbleu

    One hit wonder? Must be an American thing. They were consistent hitmakers for a while in the UK.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • OhYesByAllMeans

    That drum sound in She Drives Me Crazy was probably the first thing that ever annoyed me in any piece of music in my early childhood. I feel like the time is ripe now to give them another chance; should be statute-barred by now.

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • jjamavizca

    I also remember 'Don't Look Back' and "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be' receiving tons of MTV airplay... I mean, the videos. Even, 'I'm Not Satisfied' made the rounds back in the days. The Fine Young Cannibals are most definitely not a One Hit Wonder band."

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    @promisedeyes - The Fine Young Cannibals aren't "one-hit wonders." They had TWO Number One U.S. Billboard Hits in 1989 with "She Drives Me Crazy" [April 15, 1989 (1 week)] and "Good Thing [July 18, 1989 (1 week)." Whoever tags or considers FYC that have their info wrong. Plus, I remember seeing both of the videos for these singles getting constant, daily rotation on American MTV from 1989-1991 (yep, I'm that old).

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    So unfairly maligned as a one hit wonder, especially with great tunes such as "Good Thing" and "Ever Fallen In Love?"

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    They have the BEST band name. Seriously. I love their name.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • deathenergies

    johnny come home XXXX :)

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Teffasus

    Good Thing on repeat please.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Best voice on planet earth. Well, second, after Aretha.

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Great!!! I love their songs!!! :-)

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • brendasoto

    Johnny Come Home!!!

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    "She drives me crazy" and "Good thing" are my favs!!! :-)

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mgpixlab

    Where have you gone... it's been so long...

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
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