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Raw And The Cooked
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|1. She Drives Me Crazy|
|2. Good Thing|
|3. I'm Not The Man I Used To Be|
|4. I'm Not Satisfied|
|5. Tell Me What|
|6. Don't Look Back|
|7. It's Ok (It's Alright)|
|8. Don't Let It Get You Down|
|9. As Hard As It Is|
|10. Ever Fallen In Love|
Out of print in the U.S.! The Raw & The Cooked was the 1989 sophomore album from this talented UK trio featuring vocalist Roland Gift and two former members of The (English) Beat: Dave Cox and David Steele. Their self-titled album, released four years earlier, had performed well in the charts but The Raw & The Cooked became a worldwide smash with hits like 'She Drives Me Crazy', 'Good Thing' and their cover of Buzzcocks' hit 'Ever Fallen In Love'. After a remix album in 1990, FYC drifted off the radar and have yet to follow up this grand album with a third effort. Warner.
With The Raw & the Cooked, the Fine Young Cannibals broke into the mainstream with their particular soul-injected sound. They were seemingly infatuated with late-'50s and early-'60s Motown, and the musical influences on this album range from boogie ("Good Thing," on which Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland goes to town with a foot-stompin' piano solo) to poodle-skirted slow dance ("As Hard As It Is," "Tell Me What"), then stretch as far as Prince-like funk ("Don't Let It Get You Down"). Possessing one of the most unusual voices in all of pop music, lead singer Roland Gift gives this album its distinction and the Fine Young Cannibals their identity. About half the songs (including the hit "She Drives Me Crazy") are graced with Gift's steady, crystal-clear falsetto, but it's his swollen-throated lower register, where he sounds like he is singing through a trumpeter's plunger mute, that really makes his voice unmistakable. --Beth Bessmer
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Besides the first two cuts, the torch song "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" keeps the party going on this album. But the most memorable track remains "She Drives Me Crazy," which has one of the most instantly identifiable openings of the decade and which was used to great effect in an episode of "thirtysomething" when Elliott fantasizes about what Nancy is doing after their divorce. I understand that the snare drum bit from that song is one of the most frequently sampled sounds in music history. Makes sense to me.
"The Raw & the Cooked" sold over 2 million copies and made it to the top of the album charts as well. When people talk about one hit wonders they are talking about artists where you want to have their big song but not their album. That is most certainly not the case with the Fine Young Cannibals.Read more ›
"Tell Me Why" is a more mellow ska, with some nice 50's style harmonies. Track 6, "Don't Look Back," somewhat misses... it lacks the soulful hooks of the other songs but has an early 60's vocal sound and breaks into a good power guitar solo for about 10 seconds at the 2-minute mark). Overall, it's strangely likeable, as if Arthur Lee did country/Western.
"It's OK (It's Alright)" breaks into a great chorus despite it's somewhat cloying disco groove. Still, the tight work and rhythm section are impeccable and elevate the song...and again, this is great dance music! "Don't Let It Get You Down" has some annoying sound-effects over a great Prince-like falsetto by Gift. There's also a fine trumpet sound that gets into a good groove.Read more ›
However, there is no denying Rolland Gift's vocals. They are on the mark and very soulful and expressive. The songs all have good hooks and many of them have a ... good beat. And the synthesizer touches as great as they are, add to the music rather than dominate it. Also the horn arrangements are quite slick too. This record is definitely a Good Thing so don't Let Your Lady or Man Drive You Crazy. Pick it up. You will be satisfied.
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In the late 80's, Fine Young Cannibals ruled the charts with The Raw & The Cooked. Althoguth they only released only three albums, the band has made a staple of the music... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Michael Kerner
Such a pity FYC broke up...this is a great album as was their first. Every track is a gem and Roland has a great voice. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by Dr. Hugh C. Palfrey
This is one of the great albums that came out at the turn of the decade. Roland Gift's vocals are extremely versatile. Read morePublished on July 7 2000
If you have a shred of Elvis in you (and Mojo Nixon says we all do), this album will give you an inescapable urge to dance enthusiastically. I suggest you give in.Published on Jan. 22 2000 by Patrick Dunhill