In a chart saturated with the saccharine pop of Wham! and Duran Duran, British 1980’s electro/pop group Frankie Goes To Hollywood brought a much-needed sense of danger with #1 singles “Relax”, “Two Tribes” and “Power of Love”. Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash, Mark O’Toole and Paul Rutherford are Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and were the first artists to sign to groundbreaking record label ZTT Records.
“Relax” shot to number one in January of 1984 and soon sold over a million copies. Frankie’s second single, the political “Two Tribes,” was released in June of 1984. The single, which was also produced by Trevor Horn, entered the charts at number one; it went gold in seven days. “Two Tribes” stayed at number one for nine weeks and eventually sold over a million copies. Welcome to the Pleasuredome, the band’s Trevor Horn-produced debut double album, entered the U.K. charts at number one and their third single, the ballad “The Power of Love,” also reached number one. Welcome to the Pleasuredome reached at number 33 in early 1985 in the U.S., prompting the re-release of “Relax”; this time around, it made it into the American Top Ten.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood continue to influence pop culture with songs in the movie Zoolander and TV shows such as Californication.