The Raw & the Cooked (album)

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The Raw & the Cooked
Studio album by Fine Young Cannibals
Released Europe: 1988[1]
U.S.: February 1989[2][3]
Recorded 1986–1988
Genre College rock, soul
Length 35:49
Label I.R.S.
Producer David Z
Jerry Harrison
Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals chronology
Fine Young Cannibals
The Raw & the Cooked
The Raw & the Remix

The Raw & the Cooked is the second and final album by Fine Young Cannibals, released in 1988. The title of the album comes from the book of the same name ("Le Cru et le Cuit" in French) written by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

A remixed version was released as The Raw & the Remix in 1990.

Album information[edit]

The cover of Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" originally appeared on the soundtrack for the 1986 Jonathan Demme film Something Wild. Three songs from the album – "Good Thing", "Tell Me What" and "As Hard As It Is" – first appeared in the 1987 film Tin Men, where the Fine Young Cannibals portrayed a band in a nightclub.[4] These three songs have a retro-soul style consistent with the film's 1963 Baltimore setting.

After the band asked MCA Records to get Prince to produce tracks to complete the album, the label countered with producer David Z, who had worked with Prince and is the older brother of Bobby Z. of The Revolution. FYC and David Z recorded three tracks together at Paisley Park Studios to complete the album, including the hit "She Drives Me Crazy".[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau A−[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[9]

The Raw & the Cooked reached number one in three different countries: United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Selling over two million copies, The Raw & the Cooked included two US number one songs "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".

The album won Best British Album at the 1990 Brit Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs Written By Gift/Steele, except where noted.

Side one – Raw[edit]

  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" – 3:36
  2. "Good Thing" – 3:22
  3. "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" – 4:19
  4. "I'm Not Satisfied" – 3:51
  5. "Tell Me What" – 2:47

Side two – Cooked[edit]

  1. "Don't Look Back" – 3:40
  2. "It's OK (It's Alright)" – 3:32 (Cox/Gift/Steele)
  3. "Don't Let It Get You Down" – 3:23
  4. "As Hard as It Is" – 3:14
  5. "Ever Fallen in Love" (Pete Shelley) – 3:54

Production credits[edit]

The album package details the production credits as follows:

  1. "She Drives Me Crazy", co-production between David Z and FYC
  2. "Good Thing", production by Steele/Cox/Gift, remixed by Julian Mendelsohn
  3. "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be", production by Steele/Cox/Gift
  4. "I'm Not Satisfied", co-production between David Z and FYC
  5. "Tell Me What", production by Steele/Cox/Gift, remixed by Julian Mendelsohn
  6. "Don't Look Back", production by Steele/Cox/Gift, remixed by Bruce Lampcov
  7. "It's OK (It's Alright)", co-produced (sic) by David Z
  8. "Don't Let It Get You Down", production by Steele/Cox/Gift
  9. "As Hard as It Is", production by Steele/Cox/Gift, remixed by FYC and Dave Anderson
  10. "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)", co-production between Jerry Harrison and FYC

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1989 U.S. Billboard 200 Chart Albums Chart 1


Additional personnel
  • Jools Holland – Piano on "Good Thing"
  • Jimmy Helms, George Chandler & Jimmy Chambers – Backing Vocals on "Good Thing", "Tell Me What" & "It's OK (It's Alright)"
  • Martin Parry – Drums on "Tell Me What"
  • Simon Fowler – Backing vocals on "Don't Look Back"
  • Graeme Hamilton – Trumpet on "Don't Let It Get You Down" & "As Hard As It Is"
  • Jenny Jones – Drums & Backing Vocals on "As Hard As It Is"
  • Gavin Wright – Violin on "As Hard As It Is"
  • Bridgette Enver – Saxophone on "As Hard As It Is"


Preceded by
Like a Prayer by Madonna
Billboard 200 number-one album
3 June – 21 July 1989
Succeeded by
Batman (soundtrack) by Prince
Preceded by
Technique by New Order
UK number one album
18 February 1989 – 24 February 1989
Succeeded by
A New Flame by Simply Red
Preceded by
Beaches (soundtrack) by Bette Midler
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
10–16 July 1989
Succeeded by
Hysteria by Def Leppard