Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibalswas a British band which was formed in Birmingham, England, by Roland Gift (vocalist), and David Steele and Andy Cox (former members of the group, The Beat). They chose their name from the movie, All the Fine Young Cannibals, in 1960, starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. The group are best known for their hits such as She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. The group released their debut album called, Fine Young Cannibals, in 1985 and from the album came two U. K. Hit singles. They were Johnny Come Home, and Elvis’, Suspicious Minds. The songs featured additional vocals by Jimmy Sommerville. The band appeared as a house band in a nightclub in the 1987 comedy, Tin Men, which was set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1983. Cox and Steele released an instrumental in 1988, under the name, Two Men A Drum Machine and A Trumpet. Roland Gift appeared in a movie called, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. The bands most successful hits were She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. These were their highest charted hits and they came from the album called, The Raw and the Cooked, in 1989. Both of the hits reached number one on the U. S. Single Charts. The album, The raw and the Cooked, also contained several songs that the band recorded for the movie, Tin Men, one of which was, Good Thing. Their cover of the Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love?, was recorded for the movie called, Wild.
The Fine Young Cannibals broke up in 1992 but they reformed for a little while in 1996 to record a new single called, The Flame. The recording could compliment their greatest hits compilation, The Finest, which was released the same year. Roland Gift reformed the bands name and toured in the 2000's and called the group, Roland Gift and The Fine Young Cannibals. He also released his debut album, which was a self titled solo album, in 2002.
The Fine Young Cannibals released a total of 5 albums and 14 singles during their career. The member lineup was Roland Gift (singer), April 28, 1961, Andy Cox (guitar player), January 25, 1956, and David Steele (bass guitar and keyboard player) September 8, 1960. The band did not have many hits but they endured for much longer than many bands do. They did have a few hits and they will be remembered by fans for a long time to come. Many bands come and go but many of them never get to the success level that this group did. Although they did not have a lot of big hits, they still had the pleasure to know how success feels when they do have a big hit.
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