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Frankie Goes to Hollywoods Relax ‘banned by the BBC

January 1984: Number 29 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of pop music

Prohibition is good for business. When it was first released, in October 1983, Frankie Goes to Hollywoods debut single just about troubled the top 40. Enter irate Radio 1 DJ Mike Read who, objecting to its saucy artwork and lyrics, refused to play the track during the chart rundown. The BBC then banned the song from radio and TV (the original video was all decadent nightclub scenes and allusions to “water sports”). Relax duly climbed to No 1, staying there for five weeks.