memories of the ’80s – She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals

She_drives_me_crazyBrit pop band Fine Young Cannibals kicked off 1989 with a hot single that would become one of their signature songs: She Drives Me Crazy.

The band had released their second album in October 1988, The Raw & the Cooked, and the first single, written by Roland Gift and David Steele, was She Drives Me Crazy.

The song was a lament about a man’s relationship with a girl – and in the first recording, the band and producers didn’t like the song.

But when Gift changed his delivery to a falsetto paired with the distinctive snare drum, the song worked better, and became the catchy ear worm that made it a hot song on the charts.

Although Fine Young Cannibals never achieved a number one song in the UK, this song hit number one in April 1989 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and the top of the charts in Australia, Canada and Spain.

The music video for the song was widely played on MTV and MuchMusic and was nominated for several MTV Awards in 1989.

But this was to be the beginning of the end of the band, with many accolades but the band would break up in the early years of the next decade.

 

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