Fine Young Cannibals (album)

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Fine Young Cannibals
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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
(1985)
The Raw & the Cooked
(1988)

Fine Young Cannibals the debut 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 synthpop hits. The currently available CD features the re-mix version in place of the original album version.

Critical reception[edit]

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]

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. Title Writer(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 James 3:59
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 Gift 2:57
11. "Love For Sale" (B-Side to "Johnny Come Home") Cole Porter 2:51
12. "Motherless Child" (B-Side to "Funny How Love Is") Traditional: arranged by Andy Cox/David Steele/Roland Gift/Joe the Sqid 2:37
2011 Rhino Records deluxe edition Disc 2
No. Title Writer(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 and The Remix)   5:02
5. "Suspicious Minds (Extended Mix)" Mark James 4:39
6. "Suspicious Minds (Suspicious Mix)" (also included on the 1998 edition) Mark James 7:55
7. "Suspicious Minds (US Remix)" Mark James 5:24
8. "Suspicious Minds (Caught In A Dub)" Mark James 7:43
9. "Suspicious Minds (Shakedown Mix)" Mark James 3:48

Personnel[edit]

Fine Young Cannibals
Additional musicians
  • 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"
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.