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Fine Young Cannibals

Fine Young Cannibals, 1990
Background information
Also known as Two Men a Drum Machine and a Trumpet
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Rock, Soul
Years active 1984 - 1992
Labels London, I.R.S.
Associated acts The English Beat
Former members
Roland Gift
David Steele
Andy Cox

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele and guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat[1]), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). They are best known for their 1989 hit singles "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".

Their name came from the 1960 film All The Fine Young Cannibals starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.



The group was formed in 1984 in Birmingham, UK, from the ashes of The Beat, with whom Cox and Steele previously played[1]. 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.

Fine Young Cannibals appeared as the house band in a nightclub in the 1987 comedy film Tin Men, set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1963. Steele and Cox released an instrumental house single under the moniker Two Men, a Drum Machine and a Trumpet in 1988, called "Tired Of Getting Pushed Around", which reached #18 in the UK Singles Chart and was popular on the U.S. dance chart. During this time, Gift appeared in the movie Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

Their highest charting hits were "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing", from the 1989 album The Raw and the Cooked. Both reached number one in the U.S. singles charts. The Raw and 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.

Fine Young Cannibals broke up 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. Gift reactivated the band name and toured in the 2000s as Roland Gift and the Fine Young Cannibals.

Band members



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1985 Fine Young Cannibals
  • First studio album
  • Release date: December 10, 1985
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
11 49 21 11 17
1989 The Raw and the Cooked
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: February 20, 1989
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
1 1 1 1 2 19 5 1 2
  • UK: 3× Platinum[11]
  • CAN: 6× Platinum[12]
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum[13]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1996 The Finest 10 21 39 22
2004 Greatest Hits
2006 The Platinum Collection
  • Release date: March 21, 2006
  • Label: Warner Deluxe
2009 She Drives Me Crazy
  • Release date: February 23, 2009
  • Label: MC Deluxe
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Remix albums

Year Album details
1990 The Raw and the Remix
  • Release date: December 11, 1990
  • Label: I.R.S. Records


Year Single Peak chart positions[15] Album
1985 "Johnny Come Home" 8 76 9 14 8 Fine Young Cannibals
"Blue" 41 13
1986 "Suspicious Minds" 8 23 6 9
"Funny How Love Is" 58 97 27
1987 "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" 9 11 20 10 Something Wild (soundtrack)
1988 "Tired of Getting Pushed Around" 18 3 20 Non-album song
1989 "She Drives Me Crazy" 5 1 5 1 1 2 The Raw and the Cooked
"Good Thing" 7 1 2 20 7 4
"Don't Look Back" 34 11 9 38 10
"I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" 20 54 8 8
1990 "I'm Not Satisfied" 46 90 19
1991 "It's O.K."
1996 "The Flame" 17 85 The Finest
1997 "She Drives Me Crazy 1997" 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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Simple English

The Fine Young Cannibals are a band from the UK. Their hit song is "She Drives Me Crazy".


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