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Fine Young Cannibals

Fine Young Cannibals were a British rock music band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat),[1] and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained "Johnny Come Home" and a cover of "Suspicious Minds", two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Their 1989 album, The Raw & the Cooked, topped the UK and US album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".[2]

Fine Young Cannibals
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Fine Young Cannibals, 1990
Background information
OriginBirmingham, West Midlands, England
GenresAlternative rock, new wave
Years active1984–1992, 1996
LabelsLondon, I.R.S.
Associated actsThe Beat
Two Men a Drum Machine and a Trumpet
Past membersAndy Cox
Roland Gift
David Steele

In 1990 the band won two Brit Awards: Best British Group, and Best British Album (for The Raw & the Cooked).[3] Their name came from the 1960 film All the Fine Young Cannibals starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.[4]

HistoryEdit

The group was formed in 1984 after the dissolution of The Beat, with whom Cox and Steele previously played.[1] The duo of Steele and Cox spent eight months listening to over 500 cassettes of potential singers before picking Gift. They had difficulty obtaining a record contract, but when a video of their song "Johnny Come Home" appeared on British TV show The Tube, recording contract offers flowed in immediately.[5] The band's eponymous debut album was released in 1985, spawning two UK hit singles, "Johnny Come Home" and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" featuring additional vocals by Jimmy Somerville.[2] These two songs also became hits internationally, charting in the top 40 in Europe, Canada and Australia, although they failed to make a significant impact on the US charts.

Fine Young Cannibals appeared as the house band in a nightclub in the 1987 comedy film Tin Men and also contributed songs to the film's soundtrack.[6]

In the gap between their first and second albums, Steele and Cox released an instrumental house single under the moniker "Two Men, a Drum Machine and a Trumpet" in 1987, called "Tired Of Getting Pushed Around", which reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart[7] and was popular on the U.S. dance chart. During this time, Gift appeared in the movie Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

The band continued their international success with the singles "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing", from the 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. Both songs would reach #1 in the US.[8] The latter song was their second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 July 1989. It also peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[9] The Raw & the Cooked included three songs the band had recorded for Tin Men (including "Good Thing"), and their cover of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" recorded for the film Something Wild.[2]

In 1990, the band contributed a cover version of Cole Porter's song "Love for Sale" for the album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization, a collection of 20 Cole Porter songs recorded by various artists as a benefit for AIDS research.

Fine Young Cannibals disbanded in 1992, although they briefly returned to the studio in 1996 to record a new single, "The Flame", which would complement their greatest hits compilation The Finest released that year.[2] In the early 2000s, Gift (without Steele or Cox) reactivated the band name and toured as Roland Gift and the Fine Young Cannibals.

Band membersEdit

Session and touring members
  • Martin Parry - drums, bongos
  • Graeme Hamilton - trumpet, piano

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[10][9]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[12]
CAN
[13]
GER
[14]
NL
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
US
[19]
1985 Fine Young Cannibals
  • First studio album
  • Release date: 10 December 1985
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
11 2 21 42 21 11 17 49
1989 The Raw & the Cooked
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: 6 February 1989
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
1 1 1 1 3 10 2 5 2 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[10]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[12]
BEL
(Vl)

[24]
GER
[14]
NZ
[16]
1996 The Finest 10 56 22 39 47 21
2006 The Platinum Collection
  • Release date: 21 March 2006
  • Label: Warner Deluxe
2009 She Drives Me Crazy
  • Release date: 23 February 2009
  • Label: MC Deluxe
2012 The Collection
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Remix albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[10]
AUS
[11]
GER
[14]
1990 The Raw & the Remix
  • Release date: 11 December 1990
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
61 114 38

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[10]
AUS
[11]
BEL
(Vl)

[24]
CAN
[25]
GER
[14]
IRE
[26]
NL
[15]
NZ
[16]
US
[27]
US
Dance

[28]
1985 "Johnny Come Home" 8 14 8 16 16 10 10 13 76 9 Fine Young Cannibals
"Blue" 41 13 34 45
"Suspicious Minds" 8 6 22 21 37 9 21 14 23
1986 "Funny How Love Is" 58 97 27
1987 "Ever Fallen in Love" 9 20 28 19 10 34 23 11 Something Wild (soundtrack)
1988 "She Drives Me Crazy" 5 1 2 1 2 2 5 1 1 1 The Raw & the Cooked
1989 "Good Thing" 7 7 13 1 8 4 36 4 1 20
"Don't Look Back" 34 38 38 10 29 10 23 11
"I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" 20 109 35 33 8 29 54 8
1990 "I'm Not Satisfied" 46 145 83 66 19 90
"It's OK (It's Alright)" 169 44
1996 "The Flame" 17 85 65 65 36 The Finest
1997 "She Drives Me Crazy 1997" 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fine Young Cannibals and Cherry are success stories; [NORTH SPORTS FINAL, CN Edition] Chris Heim.. Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext). Chicago, Ill.: 8 Sep 1989. pg. 6
  2. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 343–344. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  3. ^ Brits.co.uk Archived 30 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jessica Berens (April 1986). "Fine Young Cannibals – They're England's latest sultans of soul. Soon they'll be bringing it on home to America, where at least a band can get a decent meal". Spin Magazine. p. 73. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  5. ^ O'Callaghan, Mary Anne (6 March 1989). "Cannibals has single cooking". Kentucky New Era. p. 7B. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ Gerard, Chris (11 February 2014). "Classic album revisited: Fine Young Cannibals "The Raw and The Cooked"". Metro Weekly.
  7. ^ "Official Charts > Two Men, a Drum Machine & a Trumpet". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals > Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 200. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. ^ a b c d "Official Charts > Fine Young Cannibals". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions in Australia:
  12. ^ a b "austriancharts.at > Fine Young Cannibals in der Österreich Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  14. ^ a b c d "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Suchen nach "Fine Young Cannibals"" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 28 November 2019. N.B. Select the Album tab to display albums chart peaks.
  15. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Fine Young Cannibals in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "charts.nz > Fine Young Cannibals in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Fine Young Cannibals in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  18. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Fine Young Cannibals (Alben)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Billboard > Fine Young Cannibals Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  20. ^ a b c [1] Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Cria.ca. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  22. ^ "Response from ARIA re: Fine Young Cannibals ARIA chart history, received 18 August 2018". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  24. ^ a b "Ultratop > Fine Young Cannibals in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  26. ^ "The Irish Singles Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Fine Young Cannibals (from irishcharts.ie)". Fireball Media, via Imgur.com. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  27. ^ "Billboard > Fine Young Cannibals Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  28. ^ "Billboard > Fine Young Cannibals Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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