Single Stories: Fine Young Cannibals, “Don’t Look Back”
28 years ago today, Fine Young Cannibals released the third single from their second album, a song drawing from a decidedly different sonic template than the tracks that had preceded it on the charts.
Written by Roland Gift and David Steele, âDonât Look Backâ stands apart from âShe Drives Me Crazyâ and âGood Thingâ immediately, thanks to its jangly guitar riffs, which â to use a point of reference from the era in which it was originally released â sound straight out of the Mighty Lemon Dropsâ playbook. The lyrics of the song arenât nearly as upbeat as the music, however, with Gift singing about trying to leave the past behind without a second glance.
Although âDonât Look Backâ was an unqualified hit, providing Fine Young Cannibals with a third top-40 hit from their 1989 album THE RAW & THE COOKED, many viewed its showing as mildly disappointing, owing to the fact that it topped out at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 when the two singles that preceded it both topped the chart. Seriously, though, if youâre complaining about the fact that a single only made it to #11, then itâs time to get your perspective checked, because thatâs a fine young chart placement