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A Working Class Opera from Beginning to End.

The debut album of the Fine Young Cannibals is not as radio ready as The Raw and the Cooked, but this album is good for different reasons. The band's unique style comes out better on this album, and fans of FYC's more popular singles will enjoy this album. It's truly amazing the kind of influences Cox, Steele and Gift combine here. They combine genres that one would think are incompatable: ska, rockabilly, lounge, merseybeat and motown; but they combine these sounds to create a package that is unique and fresh. This, combined with powerful, thought provoking lyrics about youth alienation make this album deep as well.

Fine Debut

I know the next LP was the big breakthrough, but I heard this first and still kinda prefer the more analog, less synth sound here. Gotta love the mighty cover of "Suspicious Minds," e.g., and the soulful "Don't Ask," the atmo of "Johnny," etc. I mean, the next LP is good too, but this is my personal pref.


Formed: 1984 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

When the Beat (known as the English Beat in the U.S. only) split in 1983, it came as a surprise to guitarist Dave Cox and bassist David Steele. The first time they realized that the group's vocalists, Ranking Roger and Dave Wakelin, had gone off to form a group without them was when their accountant phoned to finalize the divorce. While the defectors had formed General Public, Cox and Steele set about creating something new of their own. Apart from not wanting to repeat the mistakes the Beat made,...
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