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Fury over Frankie

“The record hasnt been banned. It just isnt being played.”

This is Radio Ones bizarre official line on Frankie Goes To Hollywoods controversial hit ‘Relax.

In fact, ‘Relax was being played on Radio One up to last Wednesday — when breakfast show DJ Mike Read declared the record “obscene”.

Now Radio One controller Derek Chinnery has labelled it unsuitable for daytime play.

On Sundays Top 40 show, Simon Bates skipped straight from ‘Victims at No.7 to ‘Love Of The Common People at No.5, passing quickly over with “And at No.6, ‘Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and at No.5…”

The record is still being played on leading commercial stations such as Capital in London and Piccadilly in Manchester.

Capital total No.1: “Tony Hale, the head of music, listened to it yesterday after he heard about the Radio One ban and he didnt feel it was harmful enough to stop playing it.

“Its up to the discretion of individual DJs. We dont feel nervous about it.”

The band themselves cant see what the fuss is about. Theyve already performed ‘Relax on both The Tube and Top Of The Pops, and are hoping to get TOTP exposure again this week.

“The press like to have somebody they can say is shocking,” lead singer Holly Johnson told No.1 after Mike Reads ban was reported in The Sun.

“We dont think its shocking. It depends on your attitude and your age.”

Ironically, the furore about ‘Relax could propel it to the very top of the chart. Released way back on November 4, it was the debut release for both Frankie and Trevor Horns record label ZTT.

It first entered the Top 75 on November 19, and lurked between there and the lower thirties until Frankies first TOTP appearance suddenly shot it into the Top 10. Now its a strong contender for No.1.

In anticipation of that, the band have just recorded a new video — as their first effort has also been branded “obscene”. Full story and exclusive pictures from that first video are on page 10.