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Fine Young Cannibals

When the Beat (known as the English Beat in the U.S. only) split in 1983, it came as a surprise to guitarist Dave Cox and bassist David Steele. The first time they realized that the group's vocalists, Ranking Roger and Dave Wakelin, had gone off to form a group without them was when their accountant phoned to finalize the divorce. While the defectors had formed General Public, Cox and Steele set about creating something new of their own. Apart from not wanting to repeat the mistakes the Beat made, and a vague notion of adding both jazz and soul to the Beat's ska roots (they also decided to feature a strong vocalist), there was no real master plan.

The latter proved harder than they could have imagined. More than 500 potential singers auditioned, before, despairing of finding someone, they decided to seek out a singer whose band had once supported the Beat. They found Roland Gift singing with a barroom R&B band named the Bones, looking like Sidney Poitier but sounding like Otis Redding. He was everything they had remembered; he was their man. Gift had spent his teenage years in youth theatre, until the advent of punk made music his main passion. As punk gave way to the two-tone ska which gave rise to groups like Madness and, ultimately, the Beat, Gift took up saxophone and singing in a local band.

Keeping live work down to just the occasional on-off date, the Fine Young Cannibals signed to London Records in early 1985. Their name came from an obscure 1960 film starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. Resisting the record company's attempts to team them up with a producer determined to make the group a product of her sound rather than theirs, the Fine Young Cannibals released a demo version of "Johnny Come Home" as their first single. Its instant success allowed them to team up with a compatible producer, Robin Miller, for the first Fine Young Cannibals album, also containing the group's trademark overstated version of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." For the Johnathan Demme film Something Wild, they reached back into Gift's punk past with a version of the Buzzcocks' classic "Ever Fallen in Love." Five years later, a second album emerged, The Raw and the Cooked, the raw side made up mostly of songs the group had contributed to Barry Levinson's film Tin Men. The single "She Drives Me Crazy" was a worldwide number one hit.

Since then, the Fine Young Cannibals have remained elusive. Cox and Steele continue to work together under various names, while Roland Gift's hoped-for film career never quite took off. The Fine Young Cannibals have never officially broken up, and rumors of reunions and recording sessions have persisted. Their 1996 greatest hits album, The Finest, featured the newly recorded track "Flame." ~ Ed Nimmervoll, Rovi
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Nice
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She done drove me Crazy
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It seems like all the rlly great bands and singers (or the good ones) stop recording or cant play anymore or something. Sad.
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I win the scavenger hunt! I just found the one positive comment bobonnit ever posted!!!!
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The first album wasn't bad at all.
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Love this song
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Brings back memories of the club's I went to in Reynosa Mexico crossing over to Mexico to go clubbing was awesome
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too bad they stopped recording
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Great song to chill,,,, wepa,,,
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Loco,,, loco,,, crazzy,,,,
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The Dick Panthers are better.

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She drives me CRAZY LOL
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Loved this song in the 80's!
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hscooker20
you are prince before he existed
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Another great band! Love this song and Johnny come home!!!
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Good song...what a good song.
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Too bad He committed suicide..alm o s t posted this...I was talk'n bout NIXS
that was even better !!!!
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Brings back the skating ring days
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Miss these guys.
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Pandora's cookin' tonite...tha t ' s a GOOD THING
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I will always be an 80's teen and will not relinquish it!
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classic, this song never gets old.. definitely talented and unique group! God bless!!!
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Heck no, I'm finer. I'm happy; its doing algebra 2 in my bedroom when in high school. I think these dudes are why I'm an honor? Heck, since when? Hell no.
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Best 80s song
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it's always good to hear the Cannibals
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amy31562
These guys should have won "Best New Artist" in 1989.
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The lead singer is of mixed race. He's half black and half white.
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A wonderful band that shocked me that they didnt do more.
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great group I'm surprised they didn't continue to turn out hits...????
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colby_merchl e w i t z 6
Good tune
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I love this song,,it's the best from the 80's!!!!!
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This was my favorite song as a little girl born in 1983, my mom says I used to dance around like crazy to this!
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Come back ROLAND GIFT!!!!!!!! ! !
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i love this song!!! keeps me goin!
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Takes me back to High School, my friend LeAnna gave me this cassette! We all had cassette players in our cars then!
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The lead singer was in some episodes of "highlander the series", and got his arm cut off. Kool
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mhubicz
this is one of the very first cd's i ever purchased in 1985!!!! i think i gave it to my neice a few years back. still sounds good tho, LOL!
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One of my favorite bands. I used to listen to this all the time with my dad when I was little. It brings back great memories. Even if it weren't for the nostalgia, I still think I'd love them. They just have great catchy rhythms. As someone else said, nothing too serious, just fun! Tell Me What is one of their best because of the amazing soulful chorus. Of course, She Drives Me Crazy is great. I also love Good Thing and I'm Not Satisfied. If you've never heard them before, enjoy, this band rocks
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i like this song a lot
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Why go back to the 80's - let's make the 2000's the 80's - the music was just pure and fun - not the crap today - I am 50 and loving reliving the 80's drives the wife crazy - cuz - she is into the 70's - clash of the decades- makes life fun
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tireguy48
how many peple had this on ambum...me
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yes, the memories of the 80s...
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Gosh, I want to go back to the 80's.
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oui33
Ah, the 80s...back when music was still fun!
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Thumbs up for the song "She drives me crazy"!
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thay have such a good singing voice
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So unique so Great

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