Remember Roland Gift? One of the most recognizable voices in pop music history?
Here's a clue: "She drives me crazy, and I can't help myself."
Yes, the Fine Young Cannibals guy. Well, he's returning to the recording world after more than a decade away with a self-titled solo debut scheduled for release in June, according to his spokesperson at MCA Records.
The soulful tenor co-wrote two of the new tracks "It's Only Money" and "Looking for a Friend" with songwriting team Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, who have worked with 'NSYNC and Christina Aguilera.
Roland Gift, like the Fine Young Cannibals' breakout album, 1989's The Raw & the Cooked, blends pop with elements of R&B, soul and jazz. David Z, who worked with the Cannibals, produced several tracks for Gift's solo album, including the catchy "Tell Me You Want Me Back."
The Fine Young Cannibals Gift and ex-English Beat members Andy Cox and David Steele formed in England in the early '80s and released their self-titled debut in 1985. The trio fizzled out after The Raw & the Cooked, which produced the hit singles "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing." Gift went on to pursue a career in acting and was most recently seen in the 2000 indie The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife.