The power of Frankie
Just when every other pop star thought it was safe to venture back into the charts, those bold, brash Liverpool lads have returned…
Power Of Love features the fivesome who are Frankie (that’s Paul, Holly, Mark, Ped and Nasher) on full throttle yet again, repeating the staggering success which has been theirs ever since they released their first two unforgettable singles on an unsuspecting world. Last month also heralded the release of the band’s debut LP, The Pleasure Dome, eagerly awaited to the tune of no fewer than a million in advance sales.
But just over a year ago it was a very different story. The summer of ‘83 found Frankie barely making a living on the dole, while on the musical front things were equally gloomy. The band’s energetic musical antics brought plenty of interest, but no offers. No record company dared take them on. The future was looking bleak and Frankie almost decided to call it a day.
However, just in the nick of time, along came wizard record producer Trevor Horn, who lost no time in signing the lads to his brand new label, ZTT. At last Frankie has a home. And shortly afterwards, with the release of their highly controversial debut single, Relax, they had a huge hit on their hands too.
The follow-up, the equally powerful Two Tribes, like Relax shot straight to number one, where it stayed for eight weeks.
Having conquered the charts, Frankie Goes To Hollywood have decided to come out of the studio and ‘tread the boards’. Already, they’ve gone down a storm on a six-week trek round America, which put paid to rumours that it wasn’t Frankie themselves playing on their records.
“A load of nonsense,” said Paul in a recent interview. “Sound grapes from people who are jealous of our success. Once you make it to the top there are always people who try their very best to knock you down.”
Clearly there are a few drawbacks to fame and fortune, as Holly himself pointed out: “Like not being able to have a decent dance because Relax comes on and it’s too smarmy to dance to your own records!”Continue »