Happy birthday to Roland Gift, who turns 50 today.
Even if you don’t recognize Roland Gift’s name, if you followed pop music at all in 1989, you most certainly recognize his voice, which could be heard on two number one hits that year. Gift was the lead singer of the band Fine Young Cannibals, whose songs “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing” each topped Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart for one week in 1989. Both songs appeared on FYC’s album The Raw and the Cooked, which also spawned one more hit — “Don’t Look Back,” which peaked at number eleven.
Those would be the only three top 40 hits for Fine Young Cannibals, who broke up in the 1990s. Meanwhile, since his days with FYC, Gift has pursued a solo career as a musician as well as an acting career. Perhaps his most significant acting role came as Xavier St. Cloud in the television series Highlander.