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She Drives Me Crazy

"She Drives Me Crazy" is a song released in 1988 by English group Fine Young Cannibals, and included on their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. Peaking at No. 5 on the British singles chart in January 1989 (it was released on New Year's Day), "She Drives Me Crazy" is the band's highest charting single in their native UK.[1] The single proved an even bigger hit in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 15 April 1989 (for one week), and becoming the first of two chart-topping singles for the band on this chart. "She Drives Me Crazy" also reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[2] as well as in countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. It reached the top 3 on several European charts including Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland.

"She Drives Me Crazy"
She drives me crazy.jpg
Standard artwork for original 1988 release
Single by Fine Young Cannibals
from the album The Raw & the Cooked
A-side"She Drives Me Crazy"
B-side"Pull the Sucker Off"
Released26 December 1988
Format7" single
12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded1988
GenrePop rock
Length(LP Version)3:38
(Single Remix)3:48
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Roland Gift, David Steele
Producer(s)David Z, Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology
"Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
(1987)
"She Drives Me Crazy"
(1988)
"Good Thing"
(1989)

In 2018, Time Out magazine listed "She Drives Me Crazy" at No. 28 in their countdown of The 50 best '80s songs.[3]

Background and recordingEdit

The unique snare drum "pop" sound was created by recording the snare drum portion separately. A speaker was then placed on top of the snare drum, and a microphone below. The original recording of the snare drum part was played back through the speaker and re-recorded.[4]

Music videoEdit

Two music videos were produced for the song, one by Philippe Decouflé[5][6] and another by Pedro Romhanyi.[7] As with Decouflé's only other music video (for New Order's "True Faith"), his version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes. One looks like a pillow and another resembles the title character from the movie Beetlejuice. Also included are two identical dancers wearing similar but different coloured outfits with goggles used in tanning salons, and a karate fighter with a TV on his head. A guitar is seen catching fire.

The video received several nominations at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Best Video".

Re-releaseEdit

 
CD edition of the 1996/97 re-release

The song was re-released in 1997 in support of Fine Young Cannibals' compilation album The Finest. It included a remix by Roger Sanchez, as well as Mousse T. remixes of "Johnny Come Home". The single reached No. 36 on the UK singles chart.

Track listingsEdit

7" Single
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" – 3:35
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
12" Single
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" (David Z Remix) - 7:05
  2. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Driven Crazy Dub) - 5:33
  3. "She Drives Me Crazy (Justin Strauss Remix) - 7:39
  4. "She Drives Me Crazy (Single Remix) - 3:48
CD Maxi
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" - 3:35
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" - 3:37
  3. "Tired of Getting Pushed Around" (The Mayhem Rhythm Remix) - 6:37
CD maxi (1997 Re-release)
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Original 7") - 3:36
  2. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Roger Sanchez Radio Edit) - 3:33
  3. "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Edit) - 4:06
  4. "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Cocktail Mix) - 4:13

CertificationsEdit

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[8] Platinum 1989 70,000
Canada[9] Gold 28 June 1989 50,000
Germany[10] Gold 1989 250,000
Sweden[11] Gold 1 February 1990 10,000
United Kingdom[12] Silver 2018 200,000
U.S.[13] Gold 18 April 1989 500,000

ChartsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/22584/fine-young-cannibals/ Official Charts; Fine Young Cannibals. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals Artist Biography by Ed Nimmervoll - Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  3. ^ "The 50 best '80s songs". Time Out. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
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  5. ^ Compagnie DCA - Philippe Decouflé Archived 15 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ mvdbase.com: "She Drives Me Crazy" (version 1)
  7. ^ mvdbase.com: "She Drives Me Crazy" (version 2)
  8. ^ a b "1989 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  9. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca Archived 12 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('She+Drives+Me+Crazy')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
  11. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se Archived 11 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  12. ^ "BRIT Certified > Certified Awards Search > Fine Young Cannibals (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com Archived 26 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Musicline.de – Fine Young Cannibals Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 10 (10. mars 1989)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 24 July 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  20. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  21. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved 31 May 2008)
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". VG-lista.
  24. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  28. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  29. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Fine Young Cannibals Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  32. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  33. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending April 15, 1989". Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Cash Box magazine.
  34. ^ UK Singles Chart (1997) Official Charts Company (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  35. ^ 1989 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  36. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. 23 December 1999. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  37. ^ Top Selling Singles of 1989 [1] (Retrieved 28 April 2016)
  38. ^ 1996 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  39. ^ U.S. Billboard Top 100 1989 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Retrieved 17 May 2012)
  40. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1989". Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Cash Box magazine.
  41. ^ Large and In Charge by Chunky A : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music
  42. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks59dlldXvw. Retrieved 29 March 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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