1984 – 1992; 1996
Roland Gift (vocals)
Andy Cox (guitars, keyboards)
David Steele (bass, keyboards, synths)
Formed in Birmingham, but qualifying for Hull Music Archive by virtue of singer Roland Gift’s long term residency in Hull (though Gift was himself born in Birmingham before moving to Hull as a boy). Gift had previously fronted celebrated Hull ska band Akrylykz – their ties with the 2-Tone and ska revival movements had landed them support slots with a number of big names, including The Beat. When The Beat split, band members Andy Cox and David Steele recruited Roland Gift to be the singer in their new band – Fine Young Cannibals.
A string of hit singles followed (including 5 top 10s) with “She Drives Me Crazy” peaking at number 5 in the UK charts. In the US they would surpass even that achievement, with both “She Drives Me Crazy” and follow up “Good Thing” climbing to the coveted number one spot in the Billboard charts.
First album Fine Young Cannibals went gold in the UK, and second album The Raw And The Cooked went stellar – triple platinum in the UK, double platinum in the US, number one album in five countries around the world. At their peak, FYC were genuinely massive.
Though the band split in 1992, they did briefly reconvene in 1996 to record new single “The Flame”, released to promote greatest hits compilation The Finest.
Roland Gift released an eponymous solo album in 2002 and has continued to perform sporadically as a solo artist since then, notably appearing live at a rare homecoming gig at the Welly Club in Hull in 2016. We will have a more detailed solo arist page for Roland Gift on the website very soon!
The Raw And The Cooked (CD, LP, cassette) - London, 1988
The Raw And The Remix (CD, LP, cassette) - London, 1990
The Finest [compilation] (CD, cassette) - FFRR, 1996
The Finest / The Rare And The Remixed [compilation] (2CD, cassette) - FFRR, 1996
The Platinum Collection [compilation] (CD) - Rhino, 2006
She Drives Me Crazy - The Best Of [compilation] (2CD) - Music Club Deluxe, 2008
The Collection [compilation] (CD) - Rhino, 2012
Blue (7", 12") - London, 1985
Suspicious Minds (7", 12") - London, 1985
Funny How Love Is (7", 12") - London, 1986
Ever Fallen In Love (7", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1986
She Drives Me Crazy (7", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1988
Good Thing (7", 10", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1989
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be (7", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1989
Don't Look Back (7", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1989
I'm Not Satisfied (7", 12", CD, cassette) - London, 1990
The Flame (CD, 12", cassette) - London, 1996
Live At The Paramount (VHS, Laserdisc) - Polygram, 1990