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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.

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On this day in music history: June 3, 1989 – &…

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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On this day in music history: April 15, 1989 -…

On this day in music history: April 15, 1989 – “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on March 18, 1989. Written by Roland Gift and David Steele, it is the first chart topping single for the British pop music trio. Originally titled “She’s My Baby”, the trio spend nearly six months writing and arranging the song. Lead singer Roland Gift initially begin singing the song in his normal vocal register, but changes his mind when he feels that isn’t working and starts singing it in his falsetto voice. When FYC begins work on their second album, they are eager to work with Prince on the project. When he is unavailable, the band instead work with David Z. (David Rivkin, brother of Prince & The Revolution drummer Bobby Z.), and record the track (along with three others) at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. Issued as the first single from their second album “The Raw And The Cooked” in January of 1989, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #97 on January 28, 1989, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. Another factor in the popularity of “She Drives Me Crazy” is the stylized, avant-garde music video directed by French choreographer and mime artist Philippe Decouflé. The clip features the band performing the song with various visual techniques being applied, including stop motion photography, inter cut with others dancing and moving in time to the track. Decouflé had employed similar visuals for the video he made for New Order’s “True Faith”. “Crazy” also becomes a big club hit thanks to remixes by co-producer David Z. and DJ Justin Strauss, which are released as a 12" single, topping the dance chart and becoming a best seller. The success of the single helps propel “The Raw And The Cooked” to number one on the Billboard Top 200 on June 3, 1989 where it spends seven weeks at the top.“She Drives Me Crazy” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: December 10, 198…

On this day in music history: December 10, 1985 – “Fine Young Cannibals”, the debut album by Fine Young Cannibals is released. Produced by Robin Millar, it is recorded at The Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North London and Sound Suite Studios in Camden, London, UK from May – August 1985. Following the break up of The (English) Beat in 1983, co-founding members David Steele and Andy Cox set about forming a new band. Going through more than five hundred demo tapes and spending eight months looking for a lead singer to front their band, Steele and Cox find singer Roland Gift, originally a member of the Hull based ska band The Akrylykz. Blessed with a uniquely soulful and distinctive voice, natural charisma and stage presence, Gift proves to be the perfect front man. The trio name themselves Fine Young Cannibals after the 1960 film “All The Fine Young Cannibals” starring Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Writing more than enough material to a record a full album, FYC go in search of a record deal. Surprisingly, in spite of Steele and Cox’s past track record of success with The Beat, they have great difficulty in getting a record company interested in signing the new unproven band. While still unsigned, Fine Young Cannibals make an appearance on the long running music show “The Tube” in late 1984, performing three original songs. Almost immediately, offers from the very record labels that had previously rejected FYC come pouring in, following the positive response to their debut television performance. Signing with London Records in the UK and IRS Records in the US, the band enter the studio with producer Robin Millar, fresh off of having produced Sade’s hugely successful debut album “Diamond Life”. Featuring nearly all original material, Fine Young Cannibals’ unique blend of ska, new wave, pop and R&B does take long to find favor with the public. Their debut single “Johnny Come Home” (#8 UK Pop, #76 US Pop, #8 US Club Play), quickly becomes a hit in the UK and gains the band a foothold in the US. It spins off three singles including a cover of Elvis Presley’s classic “Suspicious Minds” (#8 UK Pop), featuring Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, The Communards) on backing vocals. The album is reissued on CD in 1999, and then remastered and reissued again in 2013 as two CD deluxe edition. The first disc features the original ten track album with three additional bonus tracks. The second disc contains the 12" dance mixes of “Johnny” and “Suspicious”. “Fine Young Cannibals” peaks number eleven on the UK album chart and number forty nine on the Billboard Top 200.

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.

On this day in music history: June 3, 1989 – &…

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”. 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.

On this day in music history: April 15, 1989 -…

On this day in music history: April 15, 1989 – “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on March 18, 1989. Written by Roland Gift and David Steele, it is the first chart topping single for the British pop music trio. Originally titled “She’s My Baby”, the trio spend nearly six months writing and arranging the song. Lead singer Roland Gift initially begin singing the song in his normal vocal register, but changes his mind when he feels that isn’t working and starts singing it in his falsetto voice. When FYC begins work on their second album, they are eager to work with Prince on the project. When he is unavailable, the band instead work with David Z. (David Rivkin, brother of Prince & The Revolution drummer Bobby Z.), and record the track (along with three others) at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. Issued as the first single from their second album “The Raw And The Cooked” in January of 1989, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #97 on January 28, 1989, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. Another factor in the popularity of “She Drives Me Crazy” is the stylized, avant-garde music video directed by French choreographer and mime artist  Philippe Decouflé. The clip features the band performing the song with various visual techniques being applied, including stop motion photography, intercut with others dancing and moving in time to the track.  Decouflé had employed similar visuals for the video he made for New Order’s “True Faith”. “Crazy” also becomes a big club hit thanks to remixes by co-producer David Z. and DJ Justin Strauss, which are released as a 12" single, topping the dance chart and becoming a best seller. The success of the single helps propel “The Raw And The Cooked” to number one on the Billboard Top 200 on June 3, 1989 where it spends seven weeks at the top.“She Drives Me Crazy” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: December 10, 198…

On this day in music history: December 10, 1985 – “Fine Young Cannibals”, the debut album by Fine Young Cannibals is released. Produced by Robin Millar, it is recorded at The Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North London and Sound Suite Studios in Camden, London, UK from May – August 1985. Following the break up of The (English) Beat in 1983, co-founding members David Steele and Andy Cox set about forming a new band. Going through more than five hundred demo tapes and spending eight months looking for a lead singer to front their band, Steele and Cox find singer Roland Gift, originally a member of the Hull based ska band The Akrylykz. Blessed with a uniquely soulful and distinctive voice, natural charisma and stage presence, Gift proves to be the perfect front man. The trio name themselves Fine Young Cannibals after the 1960 film “All The Fine Young Cannibals” starring Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Writing more than enough material to a record a full album, FYC go in search of a record deal. Surprisingly, in spite of Steele and Cox’s past track record of success with The Beat, they have great difficulty in getting a record company interested in signing the new unproven band. While still unsigned, Fine Young Cannibals make an appearance on the long running music show “The Tube” in late 1984, performing three original songs. Almost immediately, offers from the very record labels that had previously rejected FYC come pouring in, following the positive response to their debut television performance. Signing with London Records in the UK and IRS Records in the US, the band enter the studio with producer Robin Millar, fresh off of having produced Sade’s hugely successful debut album “Diamond Life”. Featuring nearly all original material, Fine Young Cannibals’ unique blend of ska, new wave, pop and R&B does take long to find favor with the public. Their debut single “Johnny Come Home” (#8 UK Pop, #76 US Pop, #8 US Club Play), quickly becomes a hit in the UK and gains the band a foothold in the US. It spins off three singles including a cover of Elvis Presley’s classic “Suspicious Minds” (#8 UK Pop), featuring Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, The Communards) on backing vocals. The album is reissued on CD in 1999, and then remastered and reissued again in 2013 as two CD deluxe edition. The first disc features the original ten track album with three additional bonus tracks. The second disc contains the 12" dance mixes of “Johnny” and “Suspicious”. “Fine Young Cannibals” peaks number eleven on the UK album chart and number forty nine on the Billboard Top 200.