Friday, 13 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Qualifying Songs: Power of Love, Two Tribes, Relax

The motto behind FGTH seemed to be get all the best songs out in the first three records then sit back with their place in history safely secure and then just fade back out again.
The group became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles, Relax selling over 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in UK chart history, helped by being banned by the BBC who objected to the controversial lyrics and a video which showed Holly Johnson in a thong with one red butt cheek and one blue one.
Two Tribes is a phenomenal Cold-War era record with one of the most recognisable driving basslines in music and a cracking video with Ronald Reagan and then Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko wrestling although sadly with no thongs or coloured butt cheeks in sight. The song also included Chris Barrie, Rimmer from Red Dwarf, impersonating Ronald Reagan.
Then came Power Of Love to bring up the trio of consecutive 1984 number 1 hits for the band, a ballad that has somehow got into regular rotation as a Christmas record and which couldn't be much more different to the first two. 
That they famously annoyed the Thompson Twins by constantly changing their name on changing room doors to Thompson Twats also helped make them probably one of the best UK bands of the 80s, definitely the best band of 1984.

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