One of the biggest dance acts of the mid-1980s.Frankie Goes To Hollywood formed in Liverpool, UK in 1980, the group comprised
William "Holly" Johnson
and Mark O'Toole
Following an appearance on Channel 4 TV show "The Tube" performing "Relax", the group were signed up by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley's new ZTT record label. With the benefit of Horn's production skills and Morley's off-the-wall marketing ideas, "Relax" came out in October 1983 and slowly but surely took off.
It was already a top ten hit when, in January 1984, BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read suddenly realised what the song was actually about,
leading to a total BBC ban on the disc.
From this moment on, Frankie Goes To Hollywood became not just a pop group but a phenomenon.
The record went to number one in the UK, and was a smash hit across Europe and even in the USA. "Frankie Says" T-shirts (some dreamt up by Morley, but far more the creations of small-time bootleggers) became the fashion statement of the year, and anticipation was at such a fever pitch that every subsequent FGTH release that year - two singles and a double-LP - went straight in at number one in their home country, an unprecedented achievement and a triumph for ZTT.
From original mixes to more modern ones
Relax 7" 1
Relax 7" 2
Relax from Hard to Soft
Relax (Relax MCMXCIII)
Relax (The Ollie J Remix)
Relax (Jam & Spoon Hi N-R-G Mix)
Relax (Jam & Spoon Trip-O-Matic Fairy Tale Mix)
Ferry Cross The Mersey
* Relax (mixes) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood