Title: Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches
Author: Jim White
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches
There is no sonar powerful enough to plumb the depths to which ZTT are prepared to dive to extract more coinage from their finest moment. After the re-issue comes the reissue of the re-issue. Of the nine tracks here, there are only five different tunes, which makes this effort a first: it is recycling itself as it goes along. Relax, Two Tribes (very topical, that Reagan v Brezhnev debate) and Welcome To The Pleasure Dome are stretched and laundered to within an inch of their natural lives. Relax: The Jam & Spoon Trip-O-Matic Fairy Tale Mix sounds intriguing, but sadly the mixers’ ingenuity fails to extend beyond their own nomenclature. Frankie Goes To Hollywood were always a product of hype and hope. Once, though, there was a hint of freshness about their cheek: now even the joke in the title is a tired re-tread. Frankie Says: Avoid.