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Raw & The Cooked
Fine Young Cannibals
Raw & The Cooked
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
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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 th...  more »


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All Artists: Fine Young Cannibals
Title: Raw & The Cooked
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 36
Label: Mca
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Dance Pop, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 076732627327, 042282806925, 042282806956, 042282894922, 076732627310, 076732627341, 639842820820

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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Fine Young Cannibals, a.k.a. the two-hit wonders of 1988
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The minor complaints would be that "The Raw & the cooked" has only ten songs and about 35 minutes worth of music. The bigger complain would be that the Fine Young Cannibals never put out another album as good as this 1988 effort which had its first two tracks, "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing," hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart. FYC consisted of sing Roland Gift with a pair of former Beat members, guitarist Andy Cox and David Steele on keyboards/bass. Pegging the songs on this album into even a couple of niches is difficult because you will hear bits of everything from Motown and R&B from the past to punk and disco from the "present" in these ten songs, all fused together in a distinctive and enjoyable sound. Credit must be given to producer David Z, who had worked with Prince, Billy Idol, and others out of Minneapolis. Most of the songs were released as singles in the U.K. 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. The only reason not to pick up this album would be because you also like some of FYC's earlier work (they only put out two albums) and you end up going with their hits collection "Finest," which has the six singles from this album."
It Just Satisfies My Soul
G. J Wiener | Westchester, NY USA | 07/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On the surface, this record is not very typical of my style of music. Great instrumental jams it does not have. Variety is not quite the spice of this recording either. And it does have alot of special effects and synthesizers which in most cases doom a record for me.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."
I love them.
Mecca Egypt | Gardena, CA United States | 01/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Their music is so good. I have so many memories of them from my childhood. I used to love the video "She Drives Me Crazy" every time it came on MTV in the late 80's/early 90's. I remember VH1 used to play "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing" for years. They wouldn't let up and I loved that. This music is so nostaglic for me. They don't make it like this anymore. I'm so glad they put these songs out!"