closing date: 29 Dec 2012
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Said (The Very Best Of)
Release Date: 5th November
• Featuring 8 singles, 3 No.1's, classic album tracks and 2 of the biggest-selling 12" singles of all time
• Packaged in a gold and monochrome slipcase featuring a 12-page booklet
If you were looking for the DNA that captured everything that was great about 80s pop music, you'd look no further than Frankie Goes To Hollywood. One of the most controversial and commercially-successful UK pop acts of the era, they were omnipresent in the press, on the street, and even on TV and radio, at least when those august institutions weren't blanket banning them!
Frankie Said (The Very Best Of), released 5th November on Salvo/ZTT, contains the smash hits from Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Action Series, their albums, Welcome To The Pleasuredome (1984) and Liverpool (1986), and their years recording at Sarm Studios for ZTT between1983 and 1987. Remastered from original master tapes, Frankie Said (The Very Best Of) bursts with massive hits, hugely successful 12 inch mixes, key album cuts and unreleased mixes. In short, it's the very best of one of the most provocative, original and successful bands of the 80s.
Formed in Liverpool 1980, the group comprised Holly Johnson (vocals), with Paul Rutherford (vocals, keyboards), Peter Gill (drums, percussion), Mark O'Toole (bass guitar), and Brian Nash (guitar). Following an appearance on Channel 4 TV show "The Tube" performing Relax, the group was signed up by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley's new ZTT record label.
Their first three singles all reached number one (matching the record set by fellow Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers twenty years earlier). Their debut single, Relax (1983), topped the charts in 18 countries in total, selling 13 million singles globally (it was already a top ten hit when, in January 1984, BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read suddenly realised what the song was actually about, leading to a total BBC ban on the disc). Follow-up Two Tribes (1984) repeated the trick the following summer as the UK was firmly in the grip of Frankie-mania with FRANKIE SAYS t-shirts on the chests of teenagers across the land. By the end of the year, The Power Of Love (1984), a song that wasn't particularly about religion or Christmas but came to be strongly associated with both thanks to ZTT's astute marketing campaign, completed a remarkable hat-trick.
Of course there's much more to Frankie than their first three singles. There were several more major international hits, a wealth of brilliant album-only band compositions, a series of inspired cover versions and a phalanx of highly creative 12 inch remixes, two of the finest of which bring this fine collection to a close in style.
Frankie Said is the perfect record of their time at the top making a brilliant noise. For the casual fan, it might be all the Frankie they ever need, but at the same time it contains plenty that should be of interest to the more dedicated enthusiast. It's an artifact; a memento of a momentous time and a group gilded by greatness. They came, they said, they conquered.... leaving behind one of the most impactful pop canons of the era.
01. Two Tribes (introduced via the piano of Anne Dudley)
02. The Power of Love
03. Relax (the last seven inches)
04. Two Tribes (we don't want to die)
06. Welcome to the Pleasuredome (a remade world)
07. Ferry Cross The Mersey (and here I'll stay)
08. Rage Hard
09. Watching the Wildlife
10. Born to Run (live on The Tube)
11. Warriors of the Wasteland (attack) seven inch
12. Kill the Pain
13. Maximum Joy
14. Two Tribes (annihilation) twelve inch
15. Relax (New York) twelve inch
16. The Power of Love (...best listened to by lovers)
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