We all know how shocked the BBC was by Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s video for ‘Relax’. But even the lads themselves were shocked by their new promo for ‘Two Tribes’!
“We were in Europe when the ideas for it were being conceived,” explains Paul Rutherford, “so we’d left it in the hands of Godley and Creme, the producers.
“We flew back from Nice on the morning we filmed the video. And we were stunned!”
What Godley and Creme had done was to take the meaning of ‘Two Tribes’ in a very literal sense. They showed Reagan and Chernenko, the leaders of the USA and USSR, fighting it out hand to hand, watched by representatives from all round the world.
“It is quite graphic,” says Paul, “But I don’t think it’ll be banned this time.
“I don’t think anyone’ll do us the favour!”
No.1 can’t reveal who wins this clash of the titans battle but we can promise an epic battle.
“‘Two Tribes’ isn’t just about fighting, though’” says Paul. “It’s about any form of conflict that’s going on for no reason.
“We just want people to realise how stupid the whole thing looks when war is stripped down to it’s basic form!”
Paul Bursche. Photos: Alan Ballard.