ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”


For Frankie Goes to Hollywood, success in America came only in spurts. The overnight English sensation only notched up one hit here, “Relax” (it took four different videos of the song to do it), and its debut album, Welcome to the PleasureDome, only went gold, falling far short of the groups sales records abroad. Long on gay bravado but seriously short on songs, the pleasure drones tried to export Frankie mania with a major tour of the United States, but lead singer Holly Johnsons bitchy patter and backup vocalist Paul Rutherfords wiggling buns were poor substitutes for Trevor Horns orgasmic record production. As one reviewer noted, Frankie came all right but “just couldnt keep it up.”