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Title: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome to the pleasuredome
Author: Mark Ellen
Source: Smash Hits
Publish date: 8 November 1984

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Zang Tuum Tumb)

If ‘welcome’ is the right word: the doors of this particular pleasuredome admit you to a world of fantasy, blasphemy, sex and horror that strikes the perfect balance between threatening and thrilling. But then Frankie have always done that, and mostly at better value. For round about seven quid you get, basically, a single LP stretched over four sides which run as follows: Side 1 — a single epic rhythm track padded out with lots of jungle noises; Sides 2&3 — both previous A-sides, both B-sides, incidental music and two rather passionless cover version; and Side 4 — new material, distinctly average apart from a curdled ballad called “The Power Of Love” (the next single). Plus — almost the best bit — there’s acres of riveting and extremely rude sleeve notes, riddles, snaps and cartoons. A pretty thin package at times, but it still seems a real adventure. Rare, that, these days. (7 out of 10)