ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”

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—theres 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)

Mark Ellen