Holly Johnson returns with a new album (his first in 15 years)
later this month. In And Out Of Love
is the second single from the album. [more inside]
October 29, 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Welcome To The Pleasuredome
, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
, kicking off the short rule of Frankie over reality. oh so much [more inside]
Some might find it difficult to believe that this was the video
to a 1984 number one hit, although it's not surprising to learn that the video was banned (as was the song, leaving the BBC in the uncomfortable position of being unable to broadcast their country's biggest hit on any of its radio or television programs). The G rated
version was directed by Brian De Palma
and, oddly, appeared (in slightly altered form) in Body Double
as a porno film within the movie.
Although the band
had other hits, notably Two Tribes
which was rivaled only by Land of Confusion
for most over-the-top Reagan representation in a music video, they have been beset with problems, primarily relating to who owns
, but rest assured that lead singer Holly Johnson
is doing well in his new calling as a painter. This astrological chart
nicely (?) sums up his entire career.
Incidentally, Katherine Hamnett
, who designed the hugely popular Frankie Say Relax
t-shirts (along with Wham's Choose Life
tees which, ironically, birthed an anti-abortion moto) is still a successful designer, who continues to be active in environmental, HIV eradication, and anti-war efforts.
Anyhow, check out the wacky Relax video. But beware of naked, shaving Roman Emperors.