Funny how the math is sometimes: a drum machine + a two-note guitar riff + a falsetto vocal = a number one hit. This was the math that caused British pop-rock trio Fine Young Cannibals to make their mark on the music scene with their 1989 hit “She Drives Me Crazy.” Simple, yet extremely catchy, this song (found on their second album The Raw and the Crooked) propelled this otherwise little-known band to international stardom. To this day most people can recognize the song on the drum loop alone, even before the two-note guitar riff kicks in.
Interestingly enough, the band’s followup hit “Good Thing” is the only thing that officially kept Fine Young Cannibals out of the “one-hit wonder” club. Although they have since appeared on several compilation albums, it turns out that their breakout sophomore studio album would be their last. FYC disbanded in 1992, reuniting briefly in 1996 only to record a single original song for their greatest hits record. But the band’s short run—and this one song in particular—was enough to create an indelible imprint on the sound of the late eighties and forge their place in music history. Remember and enjoy!