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Comprising former English Beat principals Dave Cox (guitar) and David Steele (bass)-plus charismatic lead singer Roland Gift-FYC recorded only two albums, but made a major mark on the pop culture soundtrack of their era. Includes the hit songs 'She Drives Me Crazy' & 'Suspicious Minds'. Rhino. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. She Drives Me Crazy
  2. Flame (Radio Edit)
  3. Johnny Come Home
  4. Good Thing
  5. Suspicious Minds
  6. Blue
  7. Ever Fallin in Love
  8. Don't Look Back
  9. Tell Me What
  10. I'm Not the Man I Used to Be
  11. Couldn't Care More
  12. Funny How Love Is
  13. Take What I Can Get
  14. Since You've Been Gone


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0007XT86C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So they only had two albums, big deal. This "Finest Hits" album easily includes everything it needs to. What's here is a good chunk of their debut, six tracks from the excellent "The Raw And The Cooked" album, and a few extras. I personally like the songs from their second album way more than the first, as they are all extremely good and catchy. They do a great cover of "Suspicious Minds" however. I'd say if you already have the second album this isn't neccessary, but otherwise this is the one to get. I'm sure I'm one of many that's still waiting for more music from Roland Gift. That really would be a "Good Thing".
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This has quickly turned into one of my all-time favorite CD's. I've added almost every song to my iPod, and I am notoriously stingy about adding only my very favorites to the iPod. Love this band, and love this CD!
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When the English Beat dissolved in 1983, guitarist Dave Cox and bassist David Steele were left out in the cold. They had to restart a band from scratch, and they went searching for a new vocalist. They found him in Roland Gift, an attractive man with a Sam Cooke voice. Gift was such a striking presence that he was given a Rolling Stone cover minus his bandmates and got named as one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People." They found a home on the quirky IRS label in America, so when General Public was getting a head start on chart success, Fine Young Cannibals had a minor success in England with "Johnny Come Home."

That led to the funky yet jazz-smooth debut in 1985, which also saw the band make waves with their soulful cover of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." It also delivered the politically slanted "Blue." The influences were a bit smoother than the Beat's ska inflection...touched of Motown, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and jazz all make their forms felt.

While the debut didn't hit the huge acceptance target in 1985, "The Raw & the Cooked" scored a bulls-eye. After taking a four year break, the new album came with a hurricane force of soul, funk and danceable grooves. "She Drives Me Crazy" is blessed with an instantly recognizable guitar blast over a drum machine beat, and deservedly went to number one. So did the follow-up, "Good Thing," which was featured in the movie "Tin Men." (The delightful cover of Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love" was recorded a few years earlier for Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" soundtrack.)

"The Raw and The Cooked" remains both FYC's finest achievement and swansong.
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