She Drives Me Crazy

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"She Drives Me Crazy"
She drives me crazy.jpg
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 1 January 1989
Format 7" single
12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded October 1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:38
Label London Records
Writer(s) Roland Gift, David Steele
Producer(s) David Z, Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology
"Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
"She Drives Me Crazy"
"Good Thing"

"She Drives Me Crazy" is a song recorded by English group Fine Young Cannibals, included on their 1988 album The Raw & the Cooked. The song peaked at Number 5 on the British singles chart in the band's native U.K. in January 1989 (it was released on New Year's Day) before hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 15 April 1989. "She Drives Me Crazy" also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Spain and on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[1] It also was a top 3 hit on the German and Dutch Top 40.

Background and recording[edit]

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.[2]


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 #36 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

Two music videos were produced for the song, one by Philippe Decouflé[3][4] and one by Pedro Romhanyi.[5] Similar to Decouflé's only other music video, New Order's "True Faith", his version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes, including two identical dancers with completely different coloured-outfits, as well as a person with a television on their head. This version received several nominations at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" – 3:35
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
12" maxi
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" – 7:05
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
CD maxi
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" - 3:38
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" - 3:37
  3. "Tired of Getting Pushed Around" (The Mayhem Rhythm Remix) - 6:37
CD maxi (1997 Re-release)
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Original 7") - 3:36
  2. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Roger Sanchez Radio Edit) - 3:33
  3. "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Edit) - 4:06
  4. "Johnny Come Home" (Mousse T. Cocktail Mix) - 4:13


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada[6] Gold 28 June 1989 50,000
Germany[7] Gold 1989 250,000
Sweden[8] Gold 1 February 1990 10,000
U.S.[9] Gold 18 April 1989 500,000


Cover versions, parodies, and uses in the media[edit]

The song can be heard in the intro of Columbo S09E02 episode "Columbo Cries Wolf"

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".

The song is featured in the nightclub scene of the Season 4 The Equalizer episode "The Caper."

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy recorded a version as the opening track to the 1994 Muppet album Kermit Unpigged. A music video, featuring cameo appearances by various celebrities, was released to promote the album.

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 Flying Pickets recorded an a cappella version for their 1994 The Original Flying Pickets: Volume 1 album.

Former Cantopop singer Yvonne Lau Man-Kuen (Traditional Chinese: 劉文娟; Simplified Chinese: 刘文娟) released a Cantonese cover based on this song named "The Grey Art Gallery" (Traditional Chinese: 灰色畫店; Simplified Chinese: 灰色画店) in 1990.

Dolly Parton covered the song for her album "Backwoods Barbie", changing the title to "Drives Me Crazy".

The Fine Young Camels sing "C Drives Me Crazy", an 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."

American comedian Arsenio Hall, under the pseudonym "Chunky A", recorded a novelty parody of this song, called "Ho is Lazy." It appears on the 1989 album Large and In Charge.[30]

"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.

Electric Six recorded a cover version as part of a pledge package for their Absolute Treasure Kickstarter campaign. The cover was subsequently released online.[31]

Aesthetic Perfection released a cover version of the song on the "A Nice Place To Destroy" single in 2012.

The Fox television show The Last Man on Earth features the song in a season 1 episode, also entitled "She Drives Me Crazy" when two of the main characters, Todd and Melissa, are making love.


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  2. ^ Daley, Dan (1 March 2001). "Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy". Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  3. ^ Compagnie DCA - Philippe Decouflé
  4. ^ "She Drives Me Crazy" (version 1)
  5. ^ "She Drives Me Crazy" (version 2)
  6. ^ Canada certifications (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('She+Drives+Me+Crazy')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  8. ^ Swedish certifications (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  9. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  10. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  16. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved 31 May 2008)
  17. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". VG-lista.
  19. ^ 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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  21. ^ " – Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ UK Singles Chart (1989) (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  23. ^ a b c d e Billboard (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  24. ^ UK Singles Chart (1997) (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  25. ^ 1989 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  26. ^ 1989 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  27. ^ Top Selling Singles of 1989 [1] (Retrieved 28 April 2016)
  28. ^ 1996 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 September 2008)
  29. ^ U.S. Billboard Top 100 1989 [2] (Retrieved 17 May 2012)
  30. ^ Large and In Charge by Chunky A : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music
  31. ^ Retrieved 29 March 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

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New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
3 March 1989 – 24 March 1989 (4 weeks)
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ARIA number-one single (first run)
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Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
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