An Elvis cover by Fine Young Cannibals? That's suspicious
As we honored the cult following of Elvis Presley yesterday, today we take on the songs of Elvis. If you took a poll of everybody's favorite Elvis song, one contender would be Suspicious Minds and in the '80s, that classic was covered by the Fine Young Cannibals.
The Fine Young Cannibals were formed in the mid-'80s when guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele teamed up after their former band, the English Beat, broke up. They recruited Roland Young as their lead singer and their self-titled debut album in 1985 was a hit most everywhere but the U.S. One of the singles from that album was their remake of Suspicious Minds and it was a Top 10 hit in their home country of England. The Fine Young Cannibals cover of Suspicious Minds is played straight and is distinguished by the addition of falsetto backup vocals of Bronski Beat's Jimmy Somerville.
Suspicious Minds was a No. 1 hit for Elvis in 1969 and the Fine Young Cannibals video pays homage to The King as the Fine Young Cannibals, with the help of colorization, don their sparkling lame suits halfway into the video. It was around this time that colorization was starting to make news when the 1937 Cary Grant movie Topper became the first film turned from black and white into color sparking debate among the film community.
Nearly four years later, The Raw and Cooked was released and became a number one album spawning two number one singles: She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. That was the last full album put out by the Fine Young Cannibals as Young drifted into acting.