Fine Young Cannibals (album)

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Fine Young Cannibals
Studio album by Fine Young Cannibals
Released December 10, 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre New wave, soul
Length 34:21
Label I.R.S.
Producer Robin Millar
Fine Young Cannibals chronology
Fine Young Cannibals
The Raw and the Cooked

Fine Young Cannibals is an album released in 1985 by the band of the same name.

The success of their UK #8 debut single "Johnny Come Home" did not continue with the next single, "Blue", which languished at #41 in the UK. The version of "Blue" on the original vinyl LP and cassette was re-mixed for the single release in an attempt to boost its commercial appeal. The re-mix version features additional electronically processed drum and percussion sounds, giving it a sound typical of other 1980s technopop hits. The currently available CD features the re-mix version in place of the original album version.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
Sounds 4.5/5 stars[4]

Sounds writer Carole Linfield gave it a four and a half out of five rating.[4] Stewart Mason, in an Allmusic retrospective review, commented that the album "is a powerful and satisfying debut".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Johnny Come Home"
  2. "Couldn't Care More"
  3. "Don't Ask Me to Choose"
  4. "Funny How Love Is"
  5. "Suspicious Minds"
  6. "Blue"
  7. "Move to Work"
  8. "On a Promise"
  9. "Time Isn't Kind"
  10. "Like a Stranger"

Note: The album was reissued in 1986 with two additional tracks, remixes of Johnny Come Home (Extended Mix) and Suspicious Minds (Suspicious Mix), following Like A Stranger.



  • Martin Parry - Drums
  • Graeme Hamilton - Trumpet, Piano on "Time Isn't Kind"
  • Gavin Wright - Violin
  • Saxa - Saxophone on "Funny How Love Is"
  • Beverly, Gloria and Maxine Brown - Backing Vocals on "Like a Stranger"
  • Jimmy Sommerville - Backing Vocals on "Suspicious Minds"
  • Jenny Jones - Drums and Backing Vocals on "Couldn't Care More"


  1. ^ a b Stewart Mason. "Fine Young Cannibals - Fine Young Cannibals : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Fine Young Cannibals". Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Mark Coleman (24 April 1986). "Fine Young Cannibals: Fine Young Cannibals : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Linfield, Carole (1985) "Fine Young Cannibals 'Fine Young Cannibals'", Sounds, 14 December 1985, p. 28
  • Rudy Langlais; Richard Gehr (April 1986). Spins. Spin Magazine. p. 39. Retrieved 2010-09-11.