On this day in music history: June 3, 1989 – “The Raw And The Cooked”, the second album by Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 7 weeks. Produced by Fine Young Cannibals, Jerry Harrison, and David Z., it is recorded at Sarm West Studios in Hampstead, London, UK, Power Plant Studios in Willesden, London, UK Parsifal Studios in West Hampstead, London, UK, Music Station in London, AIR Studios in London and Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN circa Mid 1986 – Late 1988. The Birmingham, UK bands second album begins recording just months after the release of their self-titled debut. They record a cover of The Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love” for the Jonathan Demme film “Something Wild”, released as a single nearly three years before the full album is released. In the interim, they also record three more songs for inclusion in the Barry Levinson comedy “Tin Men” in 1987 in which the band makes a cameo appearance as nightclub band. Wanting to work with Prince, FYC end up working with engineer/producer David Z. at Paisley Park when the artist is unavailable. The album takes its title from the book “Le Cru et le Cuit” by French anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. It is a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, spinning off a total of six singles including the chart toppers “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”. “Cooked” so successful that it spins off a sequel remix album titled “The Raw And The Remix” consisting of 12" remixes and alternate versions of several songs in late 1990. “The Raw And The Cooked” is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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