Fine Young Cannibals released “She Drives Me Crazy” on January 1, 1989. It peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles Chart and went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was the first single released from their second album, The Raw and the Cooked.
After The Beat broke up, guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals with vocalist Roland Gift, formerly of British ska band Akrylykz in 1984. They took the name from the 1960 Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood film, All the Fine Young Cannibals.
The band had originally wanted Prince to produce some tracks to complete the album, but MCA Records suggested producer David Z, who had worked with Prince and is the older brother of Bobby Z of the Revolution. Together, they recorded “She Drives Me Crazy,” “I’m Not Satisfied,” and “It’s OK (It’s Alright)” at Paisley Park Studios.
Supposedly, the song was originally titled “She’s My Baby” and Gift sang the song in his regular voice, before tweaking the lyrics and singing in falsetto.
She Drives Me Crazy [Single Version] 3’35
She Drives Me Crazy [Single Remix] 3’48
She Drives Me Crazy [Radio Edit] 5’20
She Drives Me Crazy [Radio Rap Version] 5’44
She Drives Me Crazy [Remix/David Z Remix] 7’05
She Drives Me Crazy [U.S. Mix/The Justin Strauss Remix] 7’39
She Drives Me Crazy [Extended Version] 8’25
She Drives Me Crazy [Louil Silas Jr. Remix] 4’53
She Drives Me Crazy [The Monie Love Remix] 5’56
The music video for “She Drives Me Crazy” was directed by Philippe Decouflé, a French choreographer, dancer, and theater director, who had previously directed the music video for “True Faith” by New Order. The video features Fine Young Cannibals performing the song, intercut with footage of people dancing in colorful and unusual costumes. The music video was nominated for Best Video at the 1989 MTV Music Awards and
The singular percussion captured my attention the first time I heard this song. I went to Sound Warehouse on S. Hulen Street in Forth Worth and bought the 7″ vinyl the next day. Shortly after, I caught the music video on MTV. At first, “She Drives Me Crazy” was my little secret, and then it was all over Top 40 radio and the Fine Young Cannibals were mainstream and I lost interest in them. Still, whenever I hear this song, it takes me back to the Spring of 1989 and working in the PBX at Target. One night, we had a bad thunderstorm with flash flooding, and our Store Manager, Mrs. Hahn sent me home early. I lived out in the country and at one point I hit a patch of road where the water was running across the road and it swept 1971 VW Superbeetle away a few feet. This song was playing on my mix tape at the time.
What are your memories of “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals?