Frankie Goes to Hollywood 's first double album was a huge hit. Their second offering also met with some success, although it is not as well remembered. And yet, on many accounts, Liverpool can be considered as an improvement over its predecessor. For one thing, the album is shorter, more conventional. While Welcome to the Pleasuredome had some strong material, the length weakened the whole in many places. Here, the band focused on eight tracks and the result is somewhat more convincing.
These days, Frankie Goes to Hollywood are considered a one-hit wonder — or a punchline. The first was much more engaging — and also banned. But when Johnson wrestles a tiger!!! So pleased, in fact, he strips off his toga. The video captures the absurdity of professional wrestling — the showboating and drama. Unfortunately for the world, it soon turns vicious as global destruction becomes imminent while the band gleefully looks on.
The Story of... 'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
The Frankie Goes to Hollywood number one was a huge hit in , and it still sounds gorgeous 35 years later. Singer Holly Johnson later said of the track: "I always felt like 'The Power of Love' was the record that would save me in this life. It is often regarded as a Christmas song, despite having no reference to Christmas within the song lyrics.
But the word overt, as presented in the sentence above, is somewhat objective. Indeed Frankie Goes to Hollywood were initially able to get the track past certain censors by presenting it as a general-motivational tune. The first had Bernard Rose as its director and was centered on homosexuality. Yet another, featuring the band performing the song live, was helmed by director David Mallet.