HOLLY JOHNSON BEING INTERVIEWED AND PERFORMING ATOMIC CITY ON GERMAN TV

Further down the page you will find the original 1989 video for "Atomic City".

With its intro sampled from T-Rex, Atomic City was, in my opinion, the best track on the best-selling Blast album. This was the third solo single release by Holly Johnson after leaving Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and reached #18 in the UK singles chart.

The song was a bit more Frankie-sounding than the previous two middle-of-the-road pop singles Love Train (featuring Brian May on Guitar) and Americanos, which both reached #4. However, it wasn't produced by Trevor Horn, of course, as Holly had well and truly fallen out with him after winning the court battle against ZTT records - this freed him from their contract which was unfairly stopping him from pursuing a solo career.

Atomic City was actually produced by music producer Dan Hartman, who had numerous dance and disco hits inc. Instant Replay and Relight My Fire - you may remember Take That and Lulu doing a cover together of the latter tune.

Sadly, Atomic City was Holly's last Top 40 hit single in the UK - blast!

Holly Johnson on the cover of Smash Hits in Feb 1989

Smash Hits Feb 1989 

Screenshot from Atomic City video by Holly Johnson (1989)
Atomic City Remix Vinyl by Holly Johnson

Lyrics

Blast LP Holly Johnson