Here is the alternative video for Relax that wasn't banned, which simply features the band, rather than all of the controversial sexy stuff! Also check out the video of Holly Johnson at my 80s Remix Blog performing Relax live at the 80s Rewind Festival in 2011.
This remix was released to promote the compilation album Frankie Say Greatest, and features an appearance by Holly Johnson.
This superb ballad was the band's third single release from the Welcome to the Pleasuredome album and was also Frankie's third No.1 in a row. It only topped the charts for one week in December 1984, as the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas" claimed the top spot the following week just in time for Christmas!
The song was covered by Gabrielle Aplin for the John Lewis UK TV advert for Christmas 2012. It's one of the best cover versions I've heard and she has a very haunting voice, although I still prefer the production of the original.
Watch a stunning live performance of The Power Of Love by Holly Johnson at my 80s Remix blog.
Frankie's fourth single (released in March 1985) was the title track
from the #1 album. Promotional posters suggested that this would be
"their fourth number one". Unfortunately, the song peaked at #2 in the
UK, but still achieved silver in sales which was extremely respectable
for a fourth single from a debut album.
Welcome To The Pleasuredome was inspired by the poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A re-issue in 1993 (with remixes) reached #18 and featured on the album Bang! The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Another re-issue in 2000 (with yet more remixes!) reached #45 and featured on the album Maximum Joy. Frankie's debut single Relax was the 7th best-selling single of all-time in the UK.
Now, this is a little gem I found on Youtube - it's pretty amazing if I may say so myself! This version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's classic Welcome To The Pleasuredome is one of the best I've heard, and adds a lot of fresh ideas and new sounds. After hearing all of the 12" mixes around, including the original ZTT mixes and dance remixes, this is certainly the most refreshing and intriguing.
The original album version is a 13 minute epic produced by the legendary Trevor Horn, who had the knack of making everything sound dramatic and exciting - this is a guy who likes to pull out all the stops. For me, this the best track on the album, and it's a shame it didn't manage to top the charts, but by the time it was released almost everyone had bought the album anyway.
War was originally a soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Mowtown label in 1969. This top quality cover featured on the Welcome to the Pleasuredome album, and this live version is stunning!
This was Frankie's fifth chart hit which reached No.4 in 1986. It was the first single to be lifted from the Liverpool album. In this performance the band appear to have just robbed a bank! Keep your eyes open at 1:05 when the cameraman runs into lead singer Holly Johnson, who, in response, sticks his middle finger up to him!
The sixth Frankie single was released on 11 Nov 1986 and reached No.19 in the UK. The single version had more of an electro-rock sound than the original album version, as it had been totally re-worked using a computer sequencer with samples of the band playing their instruments.
This is the official video for Paul Rutherford's (Frankie's backing singer and dancer) solo single which was released in 1989 and was taken from the album of the same name.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood leaving the Hammersmith Apollo in London, 1985. Photo by Jane McCormick Smith