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Raw & The Cooked

Fine Young CannibalsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002O5R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Drives Me Crazy
2. Good Thing
3. I'm Not The Man I Used To Be
4. I'm Not Satisfied
5. Tell Me What
6. Don't Look Back
7. It's Ok (It's Alright)
8. Don't Let It Get You Down
9. As Hard As It Is
10. Ever Fallen In Love

Editorial Reviews

With The Raw & the Cooked, the Fine Young Cannibals broke into the mainstream with their particular soul-injected sound. They were seemingly infatuated with late-'50s and early-'60s Motown, and the musical influences on this album range from boogie ("Good Thing," on which Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland goes to town with a foot-stompin' piano solo) to poodle-skirted slow dance ("As Hard As It Is," "Tell Me What"), then stretch as far as Prince-like funk ("Don't Let It Get You Down"). Possessing one of the most unusual voices in all of pop music, lead singer Roland Gift gives this album its distinction and the Fine Young Cannibals their identity. About half the songs (including the hit "She Drives Me Crazy") are graced with Gift's steady, crystal-clear falsetto, but it's his swollen-throated lower register, where he sounds like he is singing through a trumpeter's plunger mute, that really makes his voice unmistakable. --Beth Bessmer

Product Description

1 x CD Album
US 1989

1She Drives Me Crazy3:35
2Good Thing3:22
3I'm Not The Man I Used To Be4:20
4I'm Not Satisfied3:46
5Tell Me What2:45
6Don't Look Back3:36
7It's Ok (It's Alright)3:29
8Don't Let It Get You Down3:20
9As Hard As It Is3:10
10Ever Fallen In Love3:52

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat It Up! February 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the most talented groups of the eighties, FYC made only a few albums. This 1988 effort is a must, with highly original compositions similar in feeling to the great Arthur Lee and Love. Almost every song is great (although the first half is better), both for listening or dancing, particularly "She Drives Me Crazy," "Good Thing," "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be," and "Tell Me What." The emotional vocals, tight playing, and R&B/reggae beat make these completely infectious. Roland Gift has the restrained vocal passion of a Sam Cooke. Andy Cox's plucking guitar notes, superbly comped by David Steele on keyboards and some great percussive sounds, adds a unique sound to Gift's emotional vocal on "I'm Not the Man I Used To Be." On the best songs, the production is richly textured yet sparse (e.g. Al Green). For example, Steele adds some keyboard accents on "I'm Not Satisfied" then pulls off a cooking organ solo. The song, like much of the album, is imbued with R & B, reggae, funky church sounds, and James Brown passion.
"Tell Me Why" is a more mellow ska, with some nice 50's style harmonies. Track 6, "Don't Look Back," somewhat misses... it lacks the soulful hooks of the other songs but has an early 60's vocal sound and breaks into a good power guitar solo for about 10 seconds at the 2-minute mark). Overall, it's strangely likeable, as if Arthur Lee did country/Western.
"It's OK (It's Alright)" breaks into a great chorus despite it's somewhat cloying disco groove. Still, the tight work and rhythm section are impeccable and elevate the song...and again, this is great dance music! "Don't Let It Get You Down" has some annoying sound-effects over a great Prince-like falsetto by Gift. There's also a fine trumpet sound that gets into a good groove.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The minor complaints would be that "The Raw & the cooked" has only ten songs and about 35 minutes worth of music. The bigger complain would be that the Fine Young Cannibals never put out another album as good as this 1988 effort which had its first two tracks, "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing," hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart. FYC consisted of sing Roland Gift with a pair of former Beat members, guitarist Andy Cox and David Steele on keyboards/bass. Pegging the songs on this album into even a couple of niches is difficult because you will hear bits of everything from Motown and R&B from the past to punk and disco from the "present" in these ten songs, all fused together in a distinctive and enjoyable sound. Credit must be given to producer David Z, who had worked with Prince, Billy Idol, and others out of Minneapolis. Most of the songs were released as singles in the U.K.
Besides the first two cuts, the torch song "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" keeps the party going on this album. But the most memorable track remains "She Drives Me Crazy," which has one of the most instantly identifiable openings of the decade and which was used to great effect in an episode of "thirtysomething" when Elliott fantasizes about what Nancy is doing after their divorce. I understand that the snare drum bit from that song is one of the most frequently sampled sounds in music history. Makes sense to me.
"The Raw & the Cooked" sold over 2 million copies and made it to the top of the album charts as well. When people talk about one hit wonders they are talking about artists where you want to have their big song but not their album. That is most certainly not the case with the Fine Young Cannibals.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Just Satisfies My Soul July 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
On the surface, this record is not very typical of my style of music. Great instrumental jams it does not have. Variety is not quite the spice of this recording either. And it does have alot of special effects and synthesizers which in most cases doom a record for me.
However, there is no denying Rolland Gift's vocals. They are on the mark and very soulful and expressive. The songs all have good hooks and many of them have a ... good beat. And the synthesizer touches as great as they are, add to the music rather than dominate it. Also the horn arrangements are quite slick too. This record is definitely a Good Thing so don't Let Your Lady or Man Drive You Crazy. Pick it up. You will be satisfied.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't buy CDs to sound loud on my MP3 player... April 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't buy CDs to sound loud on my MP3 player...

Unfortunately, Rhino has decided to master this reissue so loud that there is noisy distortion and less of that crisp STEREO sound. I compared it to my original pressing of the CD and, well, there's NO comparison. It's unfortunate, because the double disc is packed with bonus tracks and remixes that suffer the same problem. Not to mention, some crucial mixes have been left off. When will we ever get the Just Strauss mix of She Drives Me Crazy on CD? And Several of the mixes of I'm Not the Man I Used to Be are absent. Also, the dialogue outro of the Prince Paul mix of Good Thing has been omitted, cutting about 20 seconds of the running time of the original 12" single.


She Drives Me Crazy 3:38
Good Thing 3:23
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be 4:20
I'm Not Satisfied 3:48
Tell Me What 2:48
Don't Look Back 3:38
It's OK (It's Alright) 3:30
Don't Let It Get You Down 3:21
As Hard As It Is 3:12
Ever Fallen In Love? 3:55
You Never Know 4:29
Social Security 3:28
Ever Fallen In Love (John Potoker Extended Mix) 6:21
It's OK (It's Alright) (Ploeg Club Mix) 4:35
Ever Fallen In Love (Club Senseless Arthur Baker Remix) 9:26


She Drives Me Crazy (The Monie Love Remix) 5:56
Good Thing (Nothing Like The Single Mix)4:40
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be (Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper mix)5:13
I'm Not Satisfied (Matt Dike 12" Remix) 4:36
The Flame 3:52
Since You Been Gone 3:41
Trust 3:55
Take What I Can Get 4:16
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be (Jazzie B & Norman Cook mix) 6:41
She Drives Me Crazy (David Z 12" Version) 7:06
Don't Look Back (12" Version) 5:53
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be (Monster Mix) 8:34
Good Thing (Prince Paul Remix) 5:07
The Flame (Beatmasters Full Fat Mix) 5:00
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be (12" Mellow Mix) 4:50
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FYC rules
Wish they had done more! Great music!
Published 1 month ago by Carol Ann Nussbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars fyc
Had this CD before but someone borrowed it. I have liked this music for quite some time. Funky but good.
Published 3 months ago by Danny J. Radakovich
5.0 out of 5 stars R&B In Its Updated Glory
Big thanks has to go to former English Beat guitarist Andy Cox for his scratchy rhythms and to singer Roland Gift for always keeping up the pace for that level that he fantasizes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dave Fever Tree Sigmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and the Cooked
This is a great music album by the FYC (Fine Young Cannibals), have one other of their albums and enjoy both.
Published 6 months ago by sherlock
5.0 out of 5 stars End of a great idea
This release was them at the height of their creative productivity. Really wish it would have continued. Sadly, it was not to be.
Published 8 months ago by J. D. Hisey
5.0 out of 5 stars A true jewel
This is one of the few albums ever made that is excellent on every track. It's like the Beatle's Abby Road, or Pink Floyd's The Wall, or something. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Kabel
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 of 5
If we're talking meals, this second album is about as tasty as the first one, though there are three songs in a row at about the midway point that never should've made the cut. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marcel Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the FYC
Love the FYC. The CD had a couple scratches and an area that skips but I still love the group and I'm happy to have it. The seller got it to me when promised.
Published 12 months ago by Black Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Late
It's 25 years later and I'm just appreciating this group now.?
Just watched the DVD "Tin Men" starring Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfus and not only did they play 4 FYC songs... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good stuff
This is the album that made the name for Fine Young Cannibals. Very exciting and different sounds when it came out. This is the kind of golden oldies I like to listen to.
Published 14 months ago by Steve
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