She Drives Me Crazy: The Best Of…
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In the summer of 1985 FYC’s debut 45 Johnny Come Home leapt out of transistors and demanded attention. Hailing from Birmingham 2/3rds of the group had the previous summer still been very much part of former Two Tone heroes The Beat who’d subsequently disbanded. With the striking Roland Gift now fronting this new 3-piece the politically aware group would over the next 4 years become one of the most globally successful pop bands of the 80s. Chart hits on both sides of the Atlantic, number one singles and albums, sell-out tours and returned awards all followed. This collection boasts hits, 12” mixes, key album tracks and rare b-sides, a number of which make it onto CD for the first time.
• Boasts 30 tracks from these 80’s pop sensations.
• Features 8 UK top 40 hits including 4 top 10’s.
• Lead singer Roland Gift will be doing press and radio to support this releases and has been interviewed for the sleevenotes by the groups original press officer Eugene Manzi.
|| ||Johnny Come Home |
|| ||Couldn't Care More |
|| ||Don't Ask Me To Choose|
|| ||Funny How Love Is |
|| ||Suspicious Minds |
|| ||Blue |
|| ||Move To Work |
|| ||On A Promise|
|| ||Like A Stranger|
|| ||Good Times & Bad|
|| ||I'm Not Satisfied |
|| ||Wade In The Water|
|| ||Love For Sale|
|| ||Prick Up Your Ears|
|| ||Motherless Child|
|| ||Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have) |
|| ||She Drives Me Crazy |
|| ||I'm Not The Man I Used To Be |
|| ||I'm Not Satisfied (12" version)|
|| ||Don't Look Back |
|| ||It's Ok (It's Alright) |
|| ||Don't Let It Get You Down|
|| ||You Never Know|
|| ||Pull The Sucker Off|
|| ||Take What I Can Get|
|| ||Since You've Been Gone|
|| ||Suspicious Minds (U.S. Remix)|
|| ||Don't Look Back (Remix)|
|| ||The Flame |
Birmingham Sunday Mercury
In the summer of 1985 Fine Young Cannibals’ debut single Johnny Come Home leapt out of transistor radios and demanded attention.
Hailing from Birmingham, two-thirds of the trio had the previous year still been part of Two Tone heroes The Beat, who had subsequently disbanded. With Roland Gift and his unique brand of singing fronting Fine Young Cannibals, this politically-aware band would go on to notch up hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
This thorough ‘best of’ collection boasts not only top ten singles but also 12-inch remixes, key album tracks, and rare B-sides.
Highlights include Johnny Come Home, Suspicious Minds, Ever Fallen In Love (a cover of the Buzzcocks classic) and She Drives Me Crazy, a 45 that topped the US Billboard charts in 1989.
Rising from the ashes of The Beat, The Fine Young Cannibals were fronted by the charismatic Roland Gift and put together a string of 11 hits, comprising striking originals such as Johnny Come Home and occasional covers, most notably Suspicious Minds. This two-CD set strangely misses out one of their biggest hits – Good Thing – but is otherwise a fine package, with the hits, rare B-sides, key album cuts and a smattering of 12-inch mixes all included, some of them appearing on CD for the first time.
Q, May 09
They may be almost forgotten and their comeback bombed pretty horribly, but in the late-‘80s Fine Young Cannibals were that rarest of things: a British success in the United States, where they reached Number 1 with two singles and an album, The Raw And The Cooked. Roland Gift’s instantly recognisable voice remains a thing of wonder, and there was a hard political edge beneath the glitzy surface.
Mojo, May 09
Double disc from Roland Gift et al, who mixed pop, soul and jazz with socialism, covered Buzzcocks and Elvis.
Record Collector, May 09
“A tortured soul lights up the charts”
In 1985, Johnny Come Home was a breath of fresh air. UK pop had reached a nadir of programmed drums, heavy-handed synths and ridiculous haircuts; Fine Young Cannibals’ debut single was a pearl among this swine, from the muted trumpet refrain to Roland Gift’s heart-rending lyrical apology. While the original demo was chosen over a subsequent re-recording suggests an affinity with punk, FYC were closer to its 2-Tone offspring: the rhythm section were “the other two” from The Beat, who’d met Gift when The Beat were supported by Hull wannabes The Akrylykz in 1980.
FYC’s eponymous debut album was a moving journey through Gift’s seemingly tortured soul, offset by the beauty of songs such as Blue and a respectable hit cover of Suspicious Minds. For second album, 1989’s The Raw & The Cooked, the trio’s more upbeat, commercial sound hit paydirt with five million sales, helped by the huge success of the Northern soul-like Good Thing (conspicuous by its absence here because it’s owned by Disney), a questionable version of Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love and the title track of this set. Then they broke up. With Roland new recording solo, however (visit his website for the download Crushed), hopefully the story isn’t over.