On this day in music history: July 8, 1989 – &…

On this day in music history: July 8, 1989 – “Good Thing” by Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by David Steele and Roland Gift, it is the second chart topping single for the Birmingham, UK trio. Originally written in 1987 for the Barry Levinson film “Tin Men” (starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito), the band are featured, playing a nightclub band performing the song (and three others). While shooting the film, Levinson uses tracks from the bands first album as a temporary soundtrack. He invites them to contribute new music as well as make a cameo appearance in the film. The band write four songs for the film including the 60’s flavored “Good Thing”. The song is officially released on FYC’s second album “The Raw And The Cooked” in late 1988. Issued as the follow up to their first chart topper “She Drives Me Crazy” in April of 1989, it becomes another smash.  Entering the Hot 100 at #69 on May 6, 1989, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The success of the single helps maintain the bands command of the Billboard Top 200. “The Raw And The Cooked” is in its sixth consecutive week at number one, when “Good Thing” tops the pop singles chart.