Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Firstly, you can watch the official ZTT video on the main Frankie page on this site. Featuring on Frankie's debut album Welcome To The Pleasuredome, this stunning single (from the cold war era) was released in May 1984, and was the second No.1 for the band. It stayed at the top of the UK charts for nine weeks, and at the same time the previous No.1 single Relax, re-entered the charts and reached No.2.

The controversial video for Two Tribes (which was directed by Godley & Creme) featured a wrestling match between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko.

Were the band puppets of the ZTT record label and producer Trevor Horn?

A version of Two Tribes was originally recorded for a BBC John Peel session in October 1982. It is quite clear that the basic structure of the song - including the signature bass-line and percussion arrangement - was already established, prior to any involvement from ZTT or producer Trevor Horn.

Of course, without Horn the band, quite simply, would never have achieved anywhere near the same level of success that they enjoyed. He gave the songs the polish they needed to reach the top of the music charts. The band could play their instruments, but not up to Horn's high standards and they had little input into how the final single sounded.

 



 

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