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Title: From the top to the bottom
Source: Record Mirror
Publish date: 9 June 1984

FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM…

“ARE WE living in a land where sex and horror are the new gods?” sing Holly and Paul above the most mutilated version of old Giorgio Moroder’s disco direction you’re ever likely to hear. ‘Two Tribes’(ZTT) by FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD is both extremely powerful and annoyingly cluttered. Having no direction, other than that of a discoid holocaust (the two Tribes are the two nuclear superpowers), ‘Two Tribes’ is Mr Trevor Horn’s monster party piece. Forceful synthetic disco, Soviet requiem, playground waltzing and some very effective FGTH sloganeering. It’s enormous; great globules of sound thrown together and woven into one giant whole. As a radio-borne ‘45 it’s a terrifyingly effective piece of polemic; as a song in isolation… well, perhaps they all tried just a bit TOO hard. Still, no messin’, this is the adventure of the week…