Saturday, September 08, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Fine Young Cannibals

Artist:Fine Young Cannibals
Song:She Drives Me Crazy
Album:The Finest

Fine Young Cannibals only recorded two albums. But they had two number one hits including She Drives Me Crazy. The band was the result of the split of the very popular group The English Beat. When Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling left The English Beat in 1983 to form General Public, it left guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele wondering what they should do next. They decided to form a new group Fine Young Cannibals named after the 1960 film All The Fine Young Cannibals starring Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood. After auditioning hundreds of singers, they hired Roland Gift of the group Akrylykz. A video of the song Johnny Come Home got them record deals with London Records in England and IRS in the US. Their 1985 debut album did well in England and Johnny Come Home and Suspicious Minds were top ten hits in England. While preparing their second album, Gift appeared in the film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. And the band appeared in the 1987 film Tin Men. The three songs from that film appeared on The Raw and the Cooked. The band tried to get Prince to produce songs for the album but instead they worked with Prince associate David Z. He produced She Drives Me Crazy. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and so did Good Thing in 1989. The album topped the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified PlatinumX2. The Raw and the Cooked is available on CD. But it's only a half hour long and is only available as an expensive import. So I recommend this Rhino budget comp. Fine Young Cannibals never officially split up but they also never recorded another album. They recorded singles in 1990 and 1996. Roland Gift used the Fine Young Cannibals name for a 2000 tour. Gift has done some acting including a recurring role in the TV show Highlander: The Series. He recorded a solo CD in 2002 and said in February that he is currently recording new music for a possible 2012 release. Andy Cox recorded a CD with his band Cribabi in 2002. David Steele's band Fried released CDs in 2004 and 2007 and he has produced music for others. Here's the video for She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals.

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