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Album Review

Strip away all the hype, controversy, and attendant craziness surrounding Frankie — most of which never reached American shores, though the equally bombastic "Relax" and "Two Tribes" both charted well — and Welcome to the Pleasuredome holds up as an outrageously over-the-top, bizarre but fun release. Less well-known but worthwhile cuts include by-definition-camp "Krisco Kisses" and "The Only Star in Heaven," while U.K. smash "The Power of Love" is a gloriously insincere but still great hyper-ballad with strings from Anne Dudley. In truth, the album's more a testament to Trevor Horn's production skills than anything else. To help out, he roped in a slew of Ian Dury's backing musicians to provide the music, along with a guest appearance from his fellow Yes veteran Steve Howe on acoustic guitar that probably had prog rock fanatics collapsing in apoplexy. The end result was catchy, consciously modern — almost to a fault — arena-level synth rock of the early '80s that holds up just fine today, as much an endlessly listenable product of its times as the Chinn & Chapman string of glam rock hits from the early '70s. Certainly the endless series of pronouncements from a Ronald Reagan impersonator throughout automatically date the album while lending it a giddy extra layer of appeal. Even the series of covers on Welcome at once make no sense and plenty of it all at once. While Edwin Starr's "War" didn't need redoing, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" becomes a ridiculously over-the-top explosion that even outrocks the Boss. As the only member of the band actually doing anything the whole time (Paul Rutherford pipes up on backing vocals here and there), Holly Johnson needs to make a mark and does so with appropriately leering passion. He didn't quite turn out to be the new Freddie Mercury, but he makes a much better claim than most, combining a punk sneer with an ear for hyper-dramatic yelps. [This edition includes the bonus tracks "One September Monday" and "One February Friday".]

Customer Reviews

Take me back to the 80's please.

I know one always remembers things through rose tinted glasses, but I wish I could go back to the 80's. A time without twitter, Facebook and pointless 'celebrities'.

Has anyone invented such a time machine?!?!

still good after all this time

This still sounds great. I played the original cassette to death and glad it has been re-released. Bring back more music like this.

Frankie Says...

...Listen to this album!
I'm 16 and a massive fan of FGTH!

All the best music was made in the 80s and this is probably the best!

My favourite songs on the album are: Relax, and Two Tribes

I would give a reason for this being my favourite album ever, but it's hard to find a reason why you love something that is simply FANTASTIC!! <3

Frankie Goes to Hollywood are my musical inspiration, and I Guarantee if you listen to this album you will love it!

Frankie Says: GO BUY THIS ALBUM!


Formed: 1980 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s

On the back of an enormous publicity campaign, Frankie Goes to Hollywood dominated British music in 1984. Frankie's dance-pop borrowed heavily from the then-current Hi-NRG movement, adding a slick pop sensibility and production. What really distinguished the group was not their music, but their marketing campaign. With a series of slogans, T-shirts, and homoerotic videos, the band caused enormous controversy in England and managed to create some sensations in the United States. However, the Frankie...
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