The year was 1989. Nine years of glitzy synth and new wave rhythm was fading, while an alternative, rock-lite sound began to emerge for a new decade. But with this materializing movement proving to be musically fruitful, hordes of acts hoping to cash in were oft forgotten after their brief glimpse of greatness, today’s throwback included.
Fine Young Cannibals, a trio of Birmingham lads, had seen mild success in the mid 80’s with their self-titled debut topping charts in the UK and Australia but it was the lead single from their sophomore release The Raw and the Cooked years later that would catapult them to the international limelight, however briefly. “She Drives Me Crazy” would reach the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in April of ’89 partly because of its unique snare sonance and partly because of lead singer Roland Gift’s gorgeous falsetto resonating so sublimely on the pop-rocking hook.
That same fortune would befall the fine young three one more time as the follow up “Good Thing” topped the charts three months later but it would prove to be the band’s last brush with stardom. A few one-off singles that failed to catch fire were all the band would muster before an official split in 1992, earning them the ill-fated status of “two hit wonder.”
Still, they had a good run and we’re talking them up years on; a surefire sign they did something right. Fondly reminisce with a play below: