Fine Young Cannibals (album)

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Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals - Fine Young Cannibals.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 10, 1985
Recorded1985 at Power Plant Studios and Sound Suite Studios, London
GenreNew wave, soul
ProducerRobin Millar
Fine Young Cannibals chronology
Fine Young Cannibals
The Raw & the Cooked

Fine Young Cannibals is the debut album released in 1985 by the band of the same name. The album features the UK #8 debut hit single "Johnny Come Home".

This success did not continue with the next single, "Blue", which languished at #41 in the UK. The version of "Blue" on the original U.S. and Canadian vinyl LP and cassette was re-mixed and edited in an attempt to boost its commercial appeal. The re-mix version features additional electronically processed percussion overdubs, giving it a sound more typical of 1980s synthpop hits. Currently available CDs feature the re-mix version of Blue in place of the original U.S. album version.

Album cover art was released in 2 versions. Original U.S and Canadian releases on I.R.S. Records had a blue tinted cover. Most other versions, such as the U.K. release on London Records has the artwork tinted in red.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
Sounds4.5/5 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]

Songs composed by Fine Young Cannibals except where noted.

  1. "Johnny Come Home" - 3:35
  2. "Couldn't Care More" - 3:30
  3. "Don't Ask Me to Choose" - 3:05
  4. "Funny How Love Is" - 3:28
  5. "Suspicious Minds" (Mark James) - 3:56
  6. "Blue" - 3:31
  7. "Move to Work" - 3:26
  8. "On a Promise" - 3:06
  9. "Time Isn't Kind" - 3:12
  10. "Like a Stranger" - 3:28
Additional tracks on 1986 edition
  1. "Johnny Come Home (Extended Mix)" - 5:43
  2. "Suspicious Minds (Suspicious Mix)" (Mark James) - 7:52

2011 Rhino Records deluxe edition Disc 1
1."Johnny Come Home" 3:37
2."Couldn't Care More" 3:31
3."Don't Ask Me to Choose" 3:12
4."Funny How Love Is" 3:28
5."Suspicious Minds"Mark James3:59
6."Blue" 3:31
7."Move to Work" 3:28
8."On a Promise" 3:08
9."Time Isn't Kind" 3:25
10."Wade In The Water" (B-Side to "Blue")Traditional: arranged by Andy Cox/David Steele/Roland Gift2:57
11."Love For Sale" (B-Side to "Johnny Come Home")Cole Porter2:51
12."Motherless Child" (B-Side to "Funny How Love Is")Traditional: arranged by Andy Cox/David Steele/Roland Gift/Joe the Sqid2:37
2011 Rhino Records deluxe edition Disc 2
1."Johnny Come Home (Mark Moore 12" Remix)" 4:49
2."Johnny Come Home (Extended Mix)" (also included on the 1998 edition) 5:40
3."Johnny Come Home (That Other Mix)" 5:09
4."Johnny Takes A Trip" (B-Side to "Johnny Come Home", also found on The Raw & the Remix) 5:02
5."Suspicious Minds (Extended Mix)"Mark James4:39
6."Suspicious Minds (Suspicious Mix)" (also included on the 1998 edition)Mark James7:55
7."Suspicious Minds (US Remix)"Mark James5:24
8."Suspicious Minds (Caught In A Dub)"Mark James7:43
9."Suspicious Minds (Shakedown Mix)"Mark James3:48


Fine Young Cannibals
Additional musicians
  • Martin Parry - drums
  • Graeme Hamilton - trumpet, piano on "Time Isn't Kind" and "Johnny Come Home"
  • Gavin Wright - violin
  • Saxa - saxophone on "Funny How Love Is"
  • Beverly, Gloria and Maxine Brown - backing vocals on "Like a Stranger"
  • Jimmy Somerville - 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.