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
Length34:21
LabelI.R.S.
ProducerRobin Millar
Fine Young Cannibals chronology
Fine Young Cannibals
(1985)
The Raw & the Cooked
(1989)

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
SourceRating
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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

Personnel[edit]

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"
Technical

References[edit]

  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". RobertChristgau.com. 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.