ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”

Letters

Ive come to the conclusion that this year is definitely the year for three groups of people in the music world.

(1) Female singers: Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Shannon, Julia & Co, Sade, The Weather Girls, Chaka Khan, Jocelyn Brown, Hazell Dean, Terri Wells, Deniece Williams, Evelyn Thomas…

(2) Bands making their debut into the Top 40: F.G.T.H., Icicle Works, Fiction Factory, Nik Kershaw, Swans Way, Matt Bianco, Re-flex, Dead Or Alive, Scritti Politti, Psychedelic Furs, Propaganda, Bronski Beat, E.B.T.G., Cocteau Twins…

(3) Frankie Goes To Hollywood and “Relax”. The chart positions of that ace record have been 35, 6, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 21, 23, 21, 29, 29, 31, 26, 24, 21, 17, 16, 11, and where next? So much for the BBC.

Now doesnt that cheer you up?

Chiz Haywood, West Bromwich.


After the fuss which was made about Frankie Goes To Hollywoods “Relax” single, it seems that exactly the same fuss is to be made over their new single, “Two Tribes”. More than likely it (or rather the video) will again be banned by the BBC as the video shows Ronald Reagan wrestling against the leader of Russia.

The 12" version of the record has Reagans voice in the background, giving his views on the total destruction of the world. Also the part which will cause the most controversy is the bit where this man reads out the procedure that must be carried out before a nuclear attack—“if a member of your family dies in the shelter, leave them outside, but tag them first for identification purposes”. Also the warning signal itself is played at the start of the 12" and later the man talks about different types of warning signals. “Rings” or “bangs” are mentioned.

If the BBC ban this record it will just show its prejudice towards the group and their narrow-mindedness on such major topics that affect everyone in this world. Holly and the rest of the boys should be congratulated on bringing this single out, even though it might be banned which I hope it wont be.

Hollys Mini-Mohican, Stockport.