Fine Young Cannibals ‎– I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (1989)

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Their 1989 album, The Raw & the Cooked, topped the UK and US Album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

“I’m Not the Man I Used to Be” was the fourth single from the album The Raw & the Cooked. The song entered the UK Singles Chart in November 1989 and spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at number 20. The song also peaked at number 29 in Austria and the Netherlands, number 35 in Canada, and number 54 in the United States. Dave Thompson of Allmusic praised Gift for “[h]is introspective lyrics and almost wistful performance”.  The song was featured in a 2009 episode of the American television series Nip/Tuck on FX.

The UK Promo 12″ featured the “Solo Piano Intro” remixed by Norman Cook which segues into the “12” Remix” by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper, the “Mellow Mix” by Smith & Mighty as well as exclusive mixes by Dancin’ Danny D and Matt Dike which did not make the recent deluxe re-release of “The Raw And The Cooked”.

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Solo Piano Intro/12″ Remix)                  6:41

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Mellow Mix)                                         4:46

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Dancin’ Danny D Mix)                           7:25

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Matt Dike Mix)                                     5:05

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Fine Young Cannibals ‎– She Drives Me Crazy (1989)

“She Drives Me Crazy” is a song recorded by English group Fine Young Cannibals, included on their 1988 album The Raw and the Cooked. The song peaked at Number 5 on the British singles chart in the band’s native U.K. in January 1989 (it was released on New Year’s Day) before hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 15 April 1989. “She Drives Me Crazy” also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Spain and on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.It also was a top 3 hit on the German and Dutch Top 40.

The US Promo 12″ featured a range of remixes by Louil Silas Jr., all of which were excluded from the Edsel Records 2CD re-release in 2013 (http://goo.gl/koEYOd)

She Drives Me Crazy (Extended Version)                      8:25

She Drives Me Crazy (Radio Rap Version)                     5:44

She Drives Me Crazy (Radio Edit)                                 5:20

She Drives Me Crazy (Instrumental)                              4:53

She Drives Me Crazy (Percussapella)                           4:53

She Drives Me Crazy (Bonus Beats)                             4:35

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Fine Young Cannibals – Ever Fallen In Love? (1987)

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1984 after the dissolution of The Beat, with whom bassist Andy Cox and guitarist David Steele previously played.The duo of Steel and Cox spent eight months listening to over 500 cassettes of potential singers before settling on Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz) . They had difficulty obtaining a record contract but when a video of their song “Johnny Come Home” appeared on a British TV show called “The Tube,” recording contract offers flowed in immediately.  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.

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

In 1987, the band recorded this cover of the Busscocks “Ever Fallen In Love ?” for the Something Wild soundtrack and it was later included on the band’s album The Raw and the Cooked.

The 12″ single release contained remixes by Arthur Baker.

Ever Fallen In Love (Club Senseless)                            9:23

Falling In Love (The Rare Groove Bootleg)              11:09

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