She Drives Me Crazy

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"She Drives Me Crazy"
She drives me crazy.jpg
Standard artwork for original 1988 release
Single by Fine Young Cannibals
from the album The Raw & the Cooked
B-side"Pull the Sucker Off"
Released26 December 1988
Recorded1988
GenrePop rock
Length3:38 (LP Version)
3:48 (Single Remix)
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(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)"
(1987)
"She Drives Me Crazy"
(1988)
"Good Thing"
(1989)
Music video
"She Drives Me Crazy" on YouTube

"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, "She Drives Me Crazy" is the band's highest charting single in their native UK.[1] 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 that chart. "She Drives Me Crazy" also reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[2] 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.

In 2018, Time Out magazine listed "She Drives Me Crazy" at No. 28 in their countdown of The 50 best '80s songs.[3]

Background and recording[edit]

Co-produced by Prince associate David Z, the track was recorded in Studio B of Prince's Paisley Park complex outside of Minneapolis. 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.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Jo-Ann Greene from AllMusic stated that the song "features the most unique, and instantly identifiable, beat/riff combination of the decade."[5] The Daily Vault's Christopher Thelen noted that "She Drives Me Crazy", "with its synthesized drums, was a great party song - Steele's falsetto delivery which went into a full-fledged roar was perfect for the track. Even the guitar work fits the track - from the jangly jazz riffs to the crunch of the power chords."[6] Music & Media described it as a "subtly persuasive pop number that is sure to attract major airplay on pop and rock radio."[7] Pop Rescue called it a "real gem with plenty of guitar, interesting vocals and beeping synth layers."[8]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos were produced for the song, one by Philippe Decouflé[9][10] and another by Pedro Romhanyi.[11] 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".

Re-release[edit]

CD edition of the 1996/97 re-release

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.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" – 3:35
  2. "Pull the Sucker Off" – 3:34
12" single
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" (David Z Remix) - 7:05
  2. "She Drives Me Crazy" (Driven Crazy Dub) - 5:33
  3. "She Drives Me Crazy (Justin Strauss Remix) - 7:39
  4. "She Drives Me Crazy (Single Remix) - 3:48
CD Maxi
  1. "She Drives Me Crazy" - 3:35
  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

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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