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When Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger split from the rest of the English Beat to form General Public, Andy Cox and Dave Steele originally advertised on MTV for a new lead singer for the Beat. When that didn't pan out (although it did work for Wall of Voodoo), Cox and Steele hooked up with the unique and soulful singer Roland Gift and formed the Fine Young Cannibals. Though the trio first hit the mass U.S. consciousness with 1989's electronic dance-pop The Raw and the Cooked, their 1985 debut was a soul-jazz pop charmer that's more low key but every bit as entertaining. Along the lines of early Everything But the Girl (the two groups share a producer, Robin Millar) with a heavier Motown influence, the songs on Fine Young Cannibals are uniformly strong. The singles "Johnny Come Home" (a plea to a runaway that sounds like the Beat's ska stripped down to its tense and obsessive essentials) and "Blue" (one of the more oblique and successful anti-Margaret Thatcher tracks of its era) are terrific, but album tracks like the casually devastating "Funny How Love Is" and the manic "Like a Stranger" (which incongruously ends with a female chorus shrieking "You've been too long in an institution!" repeatedly while Gift tries out his Otis Redding impression) are even better. The album's highlight, though, is a reworking of "Suspicious Minds" (with scarifying backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville) that, while it doesn't replace Elvis' version, certainly takes the song into an interesting new direction. Although often overlooked, especially in the U.S., in the wake of their massively successful follow-up, Fine Young Cannibals is a powerful and satisfying debut. The U.S. CD adds two extended remixes of "Johnny Come Home" and "Suspicious Minds."
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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1
Johnny Come Home
00:03:31

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - David Steele, Composer, Producer, Production - Roland Gift, Composer, Producer, Production, Writer - Andy Cox, Producer

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

2
Couldn't Care More
00:03:29

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer, Production - Roland Gift, Composer, Production - Steele, Composer - Mike Pela, Production - Andy Cox, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

3
Don't Ask Me to Choose
00:03:10

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer - Roland Gift, Composer - Steele, Composer - Cox, Composer - Andy Cox, Composer - Gift/Cox/Steele/Millar/Pela, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

4
Funny How Love Is
00:03:29

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer, Production - Roland Gift, Composer, Production - Steele, Composer - Cox, Composer - Andy Cox, Composer, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

5
Suspicious Minds
00:03:59

Fine Young Cannibals, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Mark James, Composer, Writer - Robin Miller, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

6
Blue
00:03:32

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer, Production - Roland Gift, Composer, Production - Steele, Composer - Cox, Composer - Andy Cox, Composer, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

7
Move to Work
00:03:27

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer - Roland Gift, Composer - Steele, Composer - Robin Millar for Modern Media, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

8
On a Promise
00:03:04

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer - Roland Gift, Composer - Steele, Composer - Gift/Cox/Steele/Millar/Pela, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

9
Time Isn't Kind
00:03:14

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer - Roland Gift, Composer - Steele, Composer - Cox, Composer - Andy Cox, Composer

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 BBC

10
Like A Stranger
00:03:23

Fine Young Cannibals, MainArtist - Gift, Composer - David Steele, Composer - Roland Gift, Composer - Steele, Composer - Robin Millar for Modern Media, Production

© 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 ℗ 1985 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

Album Description

When Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger split from the rest of the English Beat to form General Public, Andy Cox and Dave Steele originally advertised on MTV for a new lead singer for the Beat. When that didn't pan out (although it did work for Wall of Voodoo), Cox and Steele hooked up with the unique and soulful singer Roland Gift and formed the Fine Young Cannibals. Though the trio first hit the mass U.S. consciousness with 1989's electronic dance-pop The Raw and the Cooked, their 1985 debut was a soul-jazz pop charmer that's more low key but every bit as entertaining. Along the lines of early Everything But the Girl (the two groups share a producer, Robin Millar) with a heavier Motown influence, the songs on Fine Young Cannibals are uniformly strong. The singles "Johnny Come Home" (a plea to a runaway that sounds like the Beat's ska stripped down to its tense and obsessive essentials) and "Blue" (one of the more oblique and successful anti-Margaret Thatcher tracks of its era) are terrific, but album tracks like the casually devastating "Funny How Love Is" and the manic "Like a Stranger" (which incongruously ends with a female chorus shrieking "You've been too long in an institution!" repeatedly while Gift tries out his Otis Redding impression) are even better. The album's highlight, though, is a reworking of "Suspicious Minds" (with scarifying backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville) that, while it doesn't replace Elvis' version, certainly takes the song into an interesting new direction. Although often overlooked, especially in the U.S., in the wake of their massively successful follow-up, Fine Young Cannibals is a powerful and satisfying debut. The U.S. CD adds two extended remixes of "Johnny Come Home" and "Suspicious Minds."
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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