Monday, March 19, 2012

My Music Monday

What happens to member of a group who has only two albums with pseudo-big hits and then they break up?

Do you suppose they all work at a chip shoppe outside of London trying to make rent for their flat?  Residuals on those songs can't go far, especially when those were now going on 20 years later.

Yes, these are the things I think about.

I know the Fine Young Cannibals had their biggest U.S. hits with "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing", both from their second and final full release album.  But it was their debut disk that really was the fun one.....for me of course.

They did a decent cover of Elvis' "Suspicious Mind" and a great version of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love" which I still overplay to this day.  They had a slightly different version of the latter song on the soundtrack for the film Something Wild.  Not as good of a version, but again, my opinion.

But since I think the video for "Minds" was overplayed and the version for "Ever Fallen" is just badly done, I went with another great song from the disk, "Johnny Come Home".

Roland Gift was nothing to look at, not close up - not for me. Something about the teeth and maybe a partially fixed clef palate....or maybe I'm seeing things.

MTV made it about the looks, but it really is about the music.  I like the pop-ska mix that was U.K. music in the late '80s.  When it was done well, it was done well.  FYC blended those lines quite easily. don't pay the rent.


Erik Rubright said...

Roland was always so... fugly. And the fact that some producer thought he could be an Immortal on TV was a horrible idea.

Wonder Man said...

I miss them