Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing (1989)

Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing (1989)

“Good Thing” is a song recorded by Fine Young Cannibals, the second single from their album from 1989, The Raw & the Cooked. The song was their second and most recent U.S. #1, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 July 1989. It also peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart. The song made its first appearance in Tin Men (1987). Fine Young Cannibals portrayed a nightclub band in the movie, performing this song and three others (including the single’s b-side “Social Security”). The film is set in Baltimore in 1963, and the song’s retro soul style is consistent with that setting. Jools Holland played piano on the track, noting that it was “one of the biggest selling records I’ve ever played on”.

Fine Young Cannibals (FYC) were a British pop rock band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries.

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Gematria Name Coding:

  • Roland Lee Gift = 51 (Chaldean) & 223 (Reverse Ordinal)
  • Roland L. Gift = 503 (Satanic) & 1074 (Reverse Sumerian)
  • Roland Gift = 321 (Primes)
  • Gift = 222 (English Extended)


  • Fine Young Cannibals = 57 (Septenary)
  • FYC = 47 (Reverse Ordinal)


  • Good Thing = 39 (Chaldean)


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