The 5 tribes of Frankie
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GROUP IN BRITAIN. MAX BELL (INTERVIEWS) AND JOHN STODDART (PICTURES) TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON HOLLY, PAUL, PED, NASHER AND MARK.
According to ZTT it takes 19 inches to tell the true story of Frankie—
But despite the phenomenal sales of that debut—
The BBC ban made almost as many headlines as the single, but you won’t find Frankie complaining. After all, any publicity is good publicity in pop music.
‘Relax’ was actually released in the last week of October 1983, but it wasn’t until the New Year that FGTH proved George Orwell was both right and wrong. The Beeb censored them and the public loved them as a radical breath of fresh air. They stayed at No.1 for five weeks.
Now singers Holly and Paul, Nasher the guitarist, Ped the drummer and Mark the bassist look set to follow the success of ‘Relax’ with their new single ‘Two Tribes’, produced again by the ‘sixth’ member Trevor Horn.
ZTT Records like to keep the media guessing. The recording of Frankie’s album ‘Welcome To The Pleasure Dome’ is shrouded in secrecy.
No.1 snuck into Frankie’s hidey-hole and spoke to them about their early days in Liverpool, their attitudes to massive stardom and their hopes for the future.Continue »