FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ‘Two Tribes’ (ZTT) Second in a trilogy of themes, namely sex, war and religious ecstasy, ‘Two Tribes’ scrambles between courage on the 12" and cowardice on the 7" radio version. Both, however, prove Pansy Goes To Queersville are no one-off bum’s rush but potentially the most potent POPULAR music force of the 80s.
’Two Tribes’ reeks of showbiz it’s true, but it manipulates it rather than lets itself be dominated. When listening it’s best to remember the band’s surname is Hollywood and we’re dealing with the ultimate pop cartoon.
Accordingly, everything about this disc is gross from the cover —
Included are tables dealing with the relative nuclear strengths of America and Russia —
This is especially true of the 7" sleeve. In other words the info, which I can tell you came from an issue of Harpers (ho/ho!), is dangerously ambivalent.
So we come to the music —
These segments, together with parodies of possible lobotomy speeches Reagan might make on the appointed hour of doom, are completely omitted from the 7". Why? Length isn’t a problem, after all the B side is taken up with an hilarious but unecessary interview between the band and Paul Morley. Thus it must be down to making sure they get radio play. That’s so bloody weak.
ZTT plan for Frankie to be the Sex Pistols of this decade on a sustained basis. The difference is Lydon would never have capitulated to the programmers. So ZTT are too aware of the game, too calculated and lack raw instinct. But nonetheless this is an amazing record, or as Holly would say “Oh yeah, well ‘ard”. Almost.