Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing

First Hit #1: July 8, 1989

I’m prepared to say that the Fine Young Cannibals are a good band, but not a particularly original band. Good thing is pretty great, a snappy little pop song with fun lyrics and a nifty throwback attitude. Then again, it could have come out without a single alteration in 1963, and nobody would question it. It just sounds like a pretty fun little song from the mid-60s, with a relatively unconventional vocalist. But then again, the sixties produced Frankie Valli, and Roland Gift actually is enjoyable to listen to unlike that grating falsetto. The ’80s has produced its fair share of throwbacks, and this just adds another to the pile, but it is kind of strange how whenever I listen to Fine Young Cannibals the only thing I can think about is other artists.

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One Response to Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing

  1. RBerman says:

    The four-on-the-floor Motown homage is winning enough, with the clearest homage being to the four chord cycle of “The Boy From New York City” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5c0K458t7U) by The Ad Libs in 1965. Some of his vocal mannerisms are from 70s Al Green, though. There’s a nice little piano solo after the second chorus also.

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