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Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home

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"Johnny Come Home" was the debut single release by British band Fine Young Cannibals, taken from their debut album Fine Young ...

"Johnny Come Home" was the debut single release by British band Fine Young Cannibals, taken from their debut album Fine Young Cannibals.

Background

It is similar to the style of many other of the band's hits, a mixture of rock and ska with Roland Gift's distinctive vocals, as well as a jazz-type trumpet solo. It was released in 1985 and was one of the group's most popular hits. The song tells the gritty realistic story of a runaway youth, and alternates from the first-person narrative, explaining how his arrival in the big city has not turned out as he expected, to the view of the parents in the chorus, expressing their wish that he would come home.

Chart performance

Although it failed to reach the top 40 in the United States, stalling at No. 76, along with the track, "Blue", "Johnny Come Home" reached No. 9 on the dance chart. The track was a good start for the group in their native United Kingdom, peaking at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1985.

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