Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home

This was as good a debut song as there was in the 80s.

Upbeat from the start, it actually tells the story of a runaway, with his parents’ exhortations that he come home. The title was possibly inspired by a 1975 film by Yorkshire TV called Johnny Go Home which was about runaways on the mean London streets.

It entered the UK singles chart on 8th June 1985 and I bought it on 21st June the Saturday before it climbed to number 15 on its journey to a high of number 8 three weeks later.

FYC were as cool as.  The band consisted of Roland Gift on vocals with Andy Cox and David Steele, formerly of The Beat,  providing the rest.

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