Good Thing (Fine Young Cannibals song)

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"Good Thing"
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Single by Fine Young Cannibals
from the album The Raw & the Cooked
A-side"Good Thing"
B-side"Social Security"
Released14 April 1989
Format7" single
12" maxi
CD maxi
GenrePop rock, rock and roll, northern soul
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Roland Gift, David Steele
Producer(s)Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology
"She Drives Me Crazy"
"Good Thing"
"Don't Look Back"

"Good Thing" is a song recorded by Fine Young Cannibals, the second single from their album from 1989, The Raw & the Cooked. The song was their second and most recent U.S. #1, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 July 1989. It also peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The song made its first appearance in Tin Men (1987). Fine Young Cannibals portrayed a nightclub band in the movie, performing this song and three others (including the single's b-side "Social Security").[2] The film is set in Baltimore in 1963, and the song's retro soul style is consistent with that setting.

Jools Holland played piano on the track, noting that it was "one of the biggest selling records I've ever played on".[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Good Thing" – 3:22
  2. "Social Security" – 3:26
12" maxi
  1. "Good Thing" (Prince Paul remix) – 5:30
  2. "Good Thing" (7" mix) – 3:22
  3. "Good Thing" (nothing like the single mix - instrumental) – 4:38
10" limited edition
  1. "Good Thing" – 3:22
  2. "Good Thing (double groove alternate)" – 3:22
  3. "Social Security" – 3:26
CD maxi
  1. "Good Thing" (7" mix) – 3:25
  2. "Good Thing" (nothing like the single mix) – 4:42
  3. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Monie Love remix) – 5:59

Music video[edit]

The video features many scenes with the Orribly Good Scooter Club, the Jokers and A41 Eagles displaying their motor scooters, both at rest and in motion, as well as scooter culture. The scooters featured include stock scooters, as well as highly stylised scooters and minimalist cutdown scooters.[4][5]

In popular culture[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song in 1990 for The Chipmunks Go to the Movies episode, "Daytona Jones and the Pearl of Wisdom" (a spoof of the Indiana Jones films).[6] The song was featured in the trailer for Mad Dog and Glory (1993).

Twice during 1998, the song was featured in episodes of Top Gear, first in a used car review of the Volkswagen Golf, with a voiceover by presenter Quentin Willson, the second in the beginning of the review of the Alfa Romeo 166, with scenes showing Alfa Romeo 156s. In 2007, the song was used in adverts for the Chevrolet Captiva (United Kingdom).[3]

The song appears in Doomsday (2008), starring Rhona Mitra, in a surreal scene involving the film's main antagonist. It was also used in the film It's Complicated (2009), in the scene at the graduation party. It plays as Alec Baldwin walks towards Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, after noticing the two are obviously high.



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  3. ^ a b Holland, Jools (2007). Barefaces Lies and Boogie-woogie Boasts (1st ed.). London, England: Penguin Books. p. 192. ISBN 9780718149154.
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  6. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies: Daytona Jones and the Pearl of Wisdom DVD Review". Retrieved 2015-12-28.
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  13. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
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  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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