She Drives Me Crazy
|"She Drives Me Crazy"|
|Single by Fine Young Cannibals|
|from the album The Raw & the Cooked|
|A-side||"She Drives Me Crazy"|
|B-side||"Pull the Sucker Off"|
|Released||26 December 1988|
|Songwriter(s)||Roland Gift, David Steele|
|Producer(s)||David Z, Fine Young Cannibals|
|Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology|
"She Drives Me Crazy" is a song released in 1988 by English group Fine Young Cannibals, and included on their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. Peaking at No. 5 on the British singles chart in January 1989 (it was released on New Year's Day), "She Drives Me Crazy" is the band's highest charting single in their native UK. The single proved an even bigger hit in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 15 April 1989 (for one week), and becoming the first of two chart-topping singles for the band on this chart. "She Drives Me Crazy" also reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, as well as in countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. It reached the top 3 on several European charts including Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland.
Background and recording
The unique snare drum "pop" sound was created by recording the snare drum portion separately. A speaker was then placed on top of the snare drum, and a microphone below. The original recording of the snare drum part was played back through the speaker and re-recorded.
Two music videos were produced for the song, one by Philippe Decouflé and another by Pedro Romhanyi. As with Decouflé's only other music video (for New Order's "True Faith"), his version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes. One looks like a pillow and another resembles the title character from the movie Beetlejuice. Also included are two identical dancers wearing similar but different coloured outfits with goggles used in tanning salons, and a karate fighter with a TV on his head. A guitar is seen catching fire.
The video received several nominations at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Best Video".
The song was re-released in 1997 in support of Fine Young Cannibals' compilation album The Finest. It included a remix by Roger Sanchez, as well as Mousse T. remixes of "Johnny Come Home". The single reached No. 36 on the UK singles chart.
- 7" single
- "She Drives Me Crazy" – 3:35
- "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
- 12" maxi
- "She Drives Me Crazy" – 7:05
- "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
- CD maxi
- "She Drives Me Crazy" - 3:38
- "Pull the Sucker Off" - 3:37
- "Tired of Getting Pushed Around" (The Mayhem Rhythm Remix) - 6:37
- CD maxi (1997 Re-release)
- "She Drives Me Crazy" (Original 7") - 3:36
- "She Drives Me Crazy" (Roger Sanchez Radio Edit) - 3:33
- "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Edit) - 4:06
- "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Cocktail Mix) - 4:13
|Canada||Gold||28 June 1989||50,000|
|Sweden||Gold||1 February 1990||10,000|
|U.S.||Gold||18 April 1989||500,000|
- "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied this song as "She Drives Like Crazy" for his 1989 soundtrack album UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff about a man whose girlfriend is a reckless driver.
- American comedian Arsenio Hall, under the pseudonym "Chunky A", recorded a novelty parody of the song, called "Ho is Lazy." It appears on the 1989 album Large and In Charge.
- Former Cantopop singer Yvonne Lau Man-Kuen (Traditional Chinese: 劉文娟; Simplified Chinese: 刘文娟) released a Cantonese cover in 1990 named "The Grey Art Gallery" (Traditional Chinese: 灰色畫店; Simplilfied Chinese: 灰色画店).
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy recorded a version as the opening track to the 1994 Muppet album Kermit Unpigged. The accompanying music video featured cameo appearances by various celebrities; different versions were created for both the UK and US market.
- The Flying Pickets recorded an a cappella version for their 1994 album The Original Flying Pickets: Volume 1.
- Dolly Parton covered the song for her 2008 album Backwoods Barbie, changing the title to "Drives Me Crazy".
- Aesthetic Perfection released a cover version of the song on the "A Nice Place To Destroy" single in 2012.
- Electric Six recorded a cover version as part of a pledge package for their Absolute Treasure Kickstarter campaign. The cover was subsequently released online.
- English synthpop band The Good Natured released a cover of "She Drives Me Crazy" on their 2013 Extended Play (EP) release of their song "5-Ht".
Uses in the media
- The Fine Young Camels sing "C Drives Me Crazy", a Sesame Street parody of "She Drives Me Crazy". A Muppet camel in the Mojave Desert (voiced by Paul Jacobs) sings about how he loves the letter C and things that start with C. He is backed by two male Anything Muppets dressed as Bedouins. A Muppet cookie and a Muppet cat also sing and dance along. The number features an introduction by Jerry Nelson, stating it's their "greatest, and only, hit ever."
- Atlanta-based consumer advocate and radio show host Clark Howard has for many years used the opening bars of this song as the introduction to his syndicated radio program.
- The song can be heard during the introduction to the 1990 Columbo episode "Columbo Cries Wolf".
- The song was played before Taylor Swift took to the stage during her 1989 tour.
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