Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Fine Young Cannibals

The Fine Young Cannibals provide the soundtrack for this afternoon's work session in my screen-door garage. Their second album, The Raw and the Cooked, was important for me for about 3 or 4 years from age 15 to whenever I graduated high school.

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FYC are most known for their huge international hit "She Drives Me Crazy." Unfortunately this is a misrepresentation of their music. The band was actually a 60s-style British Soul and Motown act, albeit with a few modern synth sounds and drum machines. The second track, and second biggest hit from the album, Good Thing, is a much better representation of their catalog.

I assume the record company got a pop producer to rework She Drives Me Crazy from whatever it originally sounded like into the beeping, clacking, synth-pop single that was released. The recording industry is a strange place but they made a lot of money.

In my opinion, the entire album is very listenable. Unfortunately they couldn't get along and did not continue producing hits.

Wednesday - keep going.

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