Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

English group, formed in Liverpool, UK in 1980; comprised William "Holly" Johnson (vocals - b.February 19, 1960), Paul Rutherford (vocals, keyboards - b.December 8, 1959), Brian Nash (guitar - b.May 20, 1963), Peter Gill (drums - b.March 8, 1964) and Mark O'Toole (bass - b.January 6, 1964).

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.

Now established as huge stars in the UK and Europe (though like so many other "British invasion" acts they were doomed to One-hit Wonder status in the US), Frankie spent much of 1985 on tour before starting work on their second album, the Stephen Lipson-produced "Liverpool". Trailed by the popular single "Rage Hard", the album came out in October 1986... and flopped.

It was the beginning of the end for Frankie Goes To Hollywood - six months later, Johnson announced he was leaving the band for a solo contract with MCA. In the subsequent high-profile legal battle, ZTT lost their claim of contract-breaking against Johnson, a ruling which effectively brought the curtain down on the label's golden age. Rutherford quit too, leaving a diminished group who subsequently disbanded without releasing anything.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood Discography


502 419 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Album) ZTT 502 419 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
TLP-80012, ZTTIQ-8 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Liverpool (Album) ZTT TLP-80012, ZTTIQ-8 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZTAS 1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum, EP) ZTT ZTAS 1 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
A-107.007 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love (Single, Maxi, EP) ZTT, ZTT A-107.007 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
ZTAS 3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum) ZTT ZTAS 3 UK 1984 Sell This Version
DS-018 Frankie Goes To Hollywood War (Hidden) (Single, EP) ZTT DS-018 Philippines 1984 Sell This Version
J.B. 288 Gianna Nannini / Frankie Goes To Hollywood Gianna Nannini / Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Bla Bla / The Power Of Love(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 288 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
J.B. 273 Gruppo Italiano / Frankie Goes To Hollywood Gruppo Italiano / Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Il Treno Del Caffè / Two Tribes(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 273 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
PR 665 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Untitled(12", Promo, Smplr) Island Records PR 665 US 1984 Sell This Version
FGTH 1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Single, EP, Maxi) ZTT FGTH 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
S-0457, JAHO-24826, none Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax / Two Tribes (Single) Island Records S-0457, JAHO-24826, none Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
NUMBER FOUR Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Smash Hits Interviews: Frankie Goes To Hollywood(Flexi, S/Sided, 7") Smash Hits! Magazine NUMBER FOUR UK 1985 Sell This Version
Series #33 Show #4 Jim Ladd Hosts Frankie Goes To Hollywood Jim Ladd Hosts Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Jim Ladd Hosts Frankie Goes To Hollywood(12", Promo) Innerview Series #33 Show #4 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZTAX 22 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (Single, Maxi, EP) ZTT ZTAX 22 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
DWIP 6707, 12 ZTAS 25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Of The Wasteland) (Single, EP, Maxi) ZTT DWIP 6707, 12 ZTAS 25 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SRLM 2067 Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Gianna Nannini Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Gianna Nannini - Rage Hard / Bello E Impossibile(12", Promo) Ricordi SRLM 2067 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
J.B. 323, JB 106 Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Fiorella Mannoia Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Fiorella Mannoia - Rage Hard / Bene Caro(7", Jukebox) ZTT, Ariston Music J.B. 323, JB 106 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
3A 608823 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Single, Maxi) ZTT, ZTT 3A 608823 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
PROMO 494 Madonna / Frankie Goes To Hollywood Madonna / Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Bye Bye Baby / Relax(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records, WEA PROMO 494 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
SALVOSV005, PZTAS 30 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Maximum Joy(7", Single, Ltd, Pic, Shape, Num) Salvo, ZTT SALVOSV005, PZTAS 30 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Frankie Goes To Hollywood Voiceless, Volume 1 - The Instrumentals (EP) ZTT, Salvo none UK 2014
10ZTAS4A/B, SALVOVT001 TPS Frankie Goes To Hollywood Lovers & Haters (Studio Sessions) (EP) ZTT, Salvo 10ZTAS4A/B, SALVOVT001 TPS UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
10ZTAS4E/F, SALVOVT002 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Doctors & Nurses (Mix/Remix)(10", EP, Ltd) ZTT, Salvo 10ZTAS4E/F, SALVOVT002 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
none Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cowboys & Indians (Alternate Takes)(10", EP, Ltd, MP, TP) ZTT, Salvo none UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version


X25D-2001 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Bang! (MiniAlbum, Comp, Album) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar X25D-2001 Japan 1985 Sell This Version

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April 5, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
I am in discogs top 100 reviewers and I say that not to boast but for the simple reason that after some ten years of reviews I feel I have earned the right to speak freely.Has anyone heard the opening of 'the power of love' ? I would say to those who have that Mike Reid is a WANKER and represents everything that is wrong with radio one dj's.They are gormless,conformist,musically ignorant speaks volumes about the BBC that these are the people they have employed and continue to do so. (Tim Westwood).not to mention the fact that they paid half a million to that dick who totally screwed up with the newsnight blood boils when I struggle to pay my BBC license fee whilst these middle class halfwits continue to live very comfortably at our expense.the good people at discogs will probably remove this comment but they know as much as the rest of us that I speak the truth.


March 10, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
There are many FGTH compilations, remixes and re-issues. Most of them includes something exclusive to that compilation, why is it worth collecting. There are countless of never previously released materials come to the light of the day. You have to watch carefully because many of the ZTT catalog-numberings and namings are missleading. There are a few issues I don't see listened here. For example The Rare Mixes from ZTT 1997. It only includes mixes were made originally at the Sarm studios and a track: My uncle....


April 20, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
One of the most controversial bands of the 80s and perhaps even of all time, Frankie has definitely caught many men's hearts. Hits like Relax and Two Tribes have almost become a legend, as today still many fans are yearning for a reunion of the band. What makes them so exceptional, is their fiery, celebratory charisma, and their wide variety of quality songs: energetic dance tracks (like Relax) and lots of warm, enjoyable "open fire listening" compositions (like Welcome To The Pleasuredome). The strange thing about my obsession: I was never there, when Frankie was running rampant. Born in 1984, I discovered Frankie during my childhood, listening to a vinyl "The Power Of Love", and later, in 1993, to a hitbox cassette. Then it all began: I was so impressed by "Relax", immediately addicted. I was looking at the back of the cassette, looking to the additional info of all the tracks, reading... 1993, 1993, time after time... Relax was the last track on the B-Side of the tape... and there stood, all of a sudden: 1984. I thought: that must have been a typing error. As I was only 9 years old, internet and PC were not available, so I couldn't find out who or what this mysterious band from 1984 was. Many, many years later, around 2000, I met some HUGE fans on the internet, and thanks to them, I could discover EVERYTHING of Frankie. Nowadays I'm the proud owner of their DVD "Hard On" with all the clips, including the banned clip of Relax, next to many CD's and vinyls. It's so amazing: a band of the past (1987) still being so "active" (not literally) today! All the best to Ped, Nash, Mark, Paul and Holly... they are blessed, having been a member of such an entchanting band...

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