Champagne corks popped and salaries were raised as Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s shock horror record ‘Relax’ zoomed towards the No.1 spot with Mike Read’s generous assistance.
Incidentally, Island’s only other chart-topper was by Buggles, who included Frankie’s producer Trevor Horn in their ranks. Whispers’ grandad points out that the last Liverpool group to top the charts was The Beatles…
Is it a new edition of It’s A Knockout? Is it an attempt to get into the Guinness Book Of Records bed section? Or is it Frankie Goes To Hollywood staging a Roman orgy with clothes on for the video of ‘Relax’?
If you twigged it was the Frankies, you’ll want to know what’s going on.
Shot in an East End theatre decked out as a club, the video was directed by Bernard Rose, of UB40 video fame.
In it, singer Holly plays an innocent young chap in the city who “descends into the hell of decadence and enjoyment”.
He ends up being thrown to a tiger (played by the son of the Esso tiger —
A spokesman for ZTT Records described the video as “not particularly nasty —
Even so, ZTT have decided to hedge their bets. A new promo was filmed in London under the direction of the Stiff video team.