ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD at the Camden PalaceTwo songs only, nine inches of space to fill and so … best to go to it! In a time of restraint and restriction, grey clouds and dull skies, Frankies onstage excess—a vivid explosion (like their single) of sex, colour and abandon, a mixing up of gender and genitals with no shame, but wicked smiles—is a welcome move against the current complacency.

Only two songs, a touching ‘Ferry Across The Mersey, harmonies intact, matched by the relentless pulse of ‘Relax, a nerve filled epic of tension and desire, matched by their costumes and actions.

Enthralling, there should have been more.

Paolo Hewitt