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Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (1988)

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“She Drives Me Crazy” is a song released in 1988 by English group Fine Young Cannibals, and included on their ...

“She Drives Me Crazy” is a song released in 1988 by English group Fine Young Cannibals, and included on their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. Peaking at No. 5 on the British singles chart in January 1989, “She Drives Me Crazy” is the band’s highest charting single in their native UK. The single proved an even bigger hit in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 15 April 1989 for one week and becoming the first of two chart-topping singles for the band on that chart. “She Drives Me Crazy” also reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, as well as in countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. It reached the top 3 on several European charts including Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland.

In 2018, Time Out magazine listed “She Drives Me Crazy” at No. 28 in their countdown of The 50 best ’80s songs.

Background and recording

The unique snare drum “pop” sound was created by recording the snare drum portion separately. A speaker was then placed on top of the snare drum, and a microphone below. The original recording of the snare drum part was played back through the speaker and re-recorded.

Critical reception

Music & Media described the song as “a subtly persuasive pop number that is sure to attract major airplay on pop and rock radio.”

Music video

Two music videos were produced for the song, one by Philippe Decouflé and another by Pedro Romhanyi. As with Decouflé’s only other music video (for New Order’s “True Faith”), his version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes. One looks like a pillow and another resembles the title character from the movie Beetlejuice. Also included are two identical dancers wearing similar but different coloured outfits with goggles used in tanning salons, and a karate fighter with a TV on his head. A guitar is seen catching fire.

The video received several nominations at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, including “Best Video”.

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