Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‎– Welcome To The Pleasuredome

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"Welcome to the Pleasuredome" is the title track to the 1984 debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The lyrics of the song were inspired by the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In March 1985, the album track was substantially abridged and remixed for release as the group's "fourth" UK single, however it only reached number 2 and was kept of the top spot by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins -Easy Lover.

While criticized at the time of release and afterward for being a song that glorifies debauchery, the lyrics (and video) make clear that the point of the song, just as Coleridge's poem, is about the dangers of this kind of lifestyle.

Despite the group's record label (ZTT) pre-emptively promoting the single as "their fourth number one", an achievement that would have set a new UK record for consecutive number one singles by a debuting artist, "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" peaked at number two in the UK singles chart, being kept off the top spot by the Phil Collins/Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover". The single spent a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.

It was the first release by the group not to reach number one and, despite representing a creditable success in its own right, it symbolically confirmed the end of the chart invincibility that the group had enjoyed during 1984. Frankie Goes to Hollywood would not release another record for seventeen months, and they would ultimately fail to emulate their past glories upon their return.

The spoken-word introductions to both 12-inch mixes are adapted from Walter Kaufmann's 1967 translation of Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. The recitation on the first 12-inch ("Real Altered") is by Gary Taylor, whilst that on the second 12-inch ("Fruitness") and the cassette is by actor Geoffrey Palmer. It is unknown whether Palmer's concluding "Welcome To The Pleasuredrome" was a genuine mistake or a deliberately scripted one.

This is the only single from the group that was not released on a CD single at that time. "Relax", "Two Tribes" and "The Power of Love" all saw a CD-maxi release in Germany at the end of the 80's. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" was not given such a release.

All releases featured either a short, long or even longer version of "Get It On", originally recorded for a BBC Radio 1 session in 1983, plus a faded or full length version of "Happy Hi!", the only brand-new song to appear on the single.

Both "Relax (International)" and "Born To Run" are faux-live recordings (i.e. with studio overdubs), based on an actual live appearance on The Tube's "Europe A-Go-Go" in Newcastle during early January 1985.

The video, by Bernard Rose, features the group stealing a car, going to a carnival and encountering all manner of deceptively "pleasureable" activities. The audio soundtrack of the video was included as part of the cassette single.

In 1984, a few months prior to the album's release, an early instrumental version of the album track was issued as a promotional 12-inch single, entitled "Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Pleasure Fix)", along with a similar early instrumental of "The Only Star in Heaven" (subtitled "Star Fix"). These tracks were subsequently given wider release as part of the B-side to the second 12-inch of "The Power of Love" single.

"Welcome to the Pleasuredome" was also used on several promotional records in the USA during 1985, featuring the following tracks in various combinations:

The first UK 7-inch mix of the track ("Altered Real"), labelled "Trevor Horn Remix".
An edited version of the album track created by the Sacramento radio station KZAP, and known as "Welcome to the Pleasuredome (KZAP Edit)" (6:22)
A version of the second UK 7-inch mix ("Alternative Reel") with a new introduction added, and known as "Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Urban Mix)" (8:08). This is on the Bang! Japanese album and CD.
A slightly edited (spoken introduction removed) version of "Relax (International)" (4:26)

The track has periodically been reissued as a single, including during 1993 and 2000. Although these releases have some admirers, and have usefully made available various original mixes on CD for the first time, the accompanying A-side remixes by contemporary DJs have tended on the whole to bear little or no comparison to the spirit of the originals.

Reissues in the group's name have also tended to shun any overt reference to the identity of the original artists, and the reissue artwork has notably featured no images of the group. It has been suggested that this situation may relate to Johnson's successful but acrimonious court case against ZTT in 1989, which freed him (and effectively the other group members) from their unfair contract with the label.

Versions (66)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) ZTT ZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FGTH 1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome / The Only Star In Heaven(12", Promo) ZTT FGTH 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CTIS 107 Frankie Goes To Hollywood All In The Mind, All In The Body (Frankie Goes To Hollywood In The Pleasure Dome)(Cass, Single) ZTT CTIS 107 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PR 706 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasure Dome(12", M/Print, Promo, Cle) Island Records PR 706 US 1985 Sell This Version
PR 706 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasure Dome(12", Promo, Cle) Island Records PR 706 US 1985 Sell This Version
PR 706 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasure Dome(12", S/Sided, TP, Cle) Island Records PR 706 US 1985 Sell This Version
X 14178 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (The Alternative)(12") Festival Records X 14178 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
12 XZTAS 7, 12 xztas 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (The Alternative)(12", Single) ZTT, ZTT 12 XZTAS 7, 12 xztas 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
X 14178, 12XZTAS 7, X-14178 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (The Alternative)(12", Single, Ltd) Island Records, ZTT, Island Records X 14178, 12XZTAS 7, X-14178 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
DWIP 6684 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") Island Records DWIP 6684 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
IS-1023, IS 1023 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") ZTT, Island Records IS-1023, IS 1023 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
VG-4001 Z, 062-VG 4001 Z Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") Island Records, Island Records, ZTT VG-4001 Z, 062-VG 4001 Z Greece 1985 Sell This Version
880 671-1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") Island Records 880 671-1 France 1985 Sell This Version
15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") Polystar, Island Records, ZTT 15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
F 601.732 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Maxi) Island Records, ZTT F 601.732 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
ZTASX 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Maxi) Island Records ZTASX 7 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
601 732, 601 732-213 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 601 732, 601 732-213 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Promo) Polystar, Island Records, ZTT 15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 830 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Promo, ARC) Island Records DMD 830 US 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 830 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Promo, SRC) Island Records DMD 830 US 1985 Sell This Version
15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", RE) Polystar, Island Records, ZTT 15SI-281, 12 ZTAS 7 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
PR 706 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", S/Sided, TP, Cle) Island Records PR 706 US 1985 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Single) ZTT 12ZTAS 7 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 7, 12 ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Single) ZTT, ZTT 12ZTAS 7, 12 ZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
X 14161, 12TAS 7, X-14161 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Single, Ltd) Island Records, ZTT, Island Records X 14161, 12TAS 7, X-14161 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
0-96889 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Single, SRC) Island Records 0-96889 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZTAS 7, A 107199, 107.199 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7") ZTT, Island Records, Island Records ZTAS 7, A 107199, 107.199 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
7-99653 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7") Island Records 7-99653 US 1985 Sell This Version
107 199 EP, 107 199-100 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", EP) Island Records, ZTT, Island Records, ZTT 107 199 EP, 107 199-100 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
107 199 EP, 107 199-100 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", EP) Island Records, ZTT, Island Records, ZTT 107 199 EP, 107 199-100 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
K 9631 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Ltd) Island Records, Festival Records, ZTT K 9631 Australia & New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
7-99653 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Promo) Island Records, ZTT 7-99653 US 1985 Sell This Version
P ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Shape, Pic) ZTT P ZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7SI-130 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 7SI-130 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
97015 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) Island Records, ZTT 97015 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
97015 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) Island Records, ZTT 97015 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
880 671-7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) Island Records 880 671-7 France 1985 Sell This Version
ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) ZTT ZTAS 7 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single) ZTT ZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
K-9631 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single, Ltd) Island Records K-9631 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
P ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single, Pic, TP) ZTT P ZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7SI-130 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single, Promo) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 7SI-130 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7", Single, Spe) ZTT ZTAS 7 UK & Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
C 14161 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(Cass, Single) ZTT, Festival Records C 14161 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
601 732, 601 732-213 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Maxi, RP) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 601 732, 601 732-213 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
SAM 1275 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (All Aboard The Remix Pleasure Ride)(12" + 12" + Promo) ZTT SAM 1275 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2T, 4509-94473-0 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") ZTT, ZTT FGTH2T, 4509-94473-0 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2T, 4509-94473-0 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") ZTT, ZTT FGTH2T, 4509-94473-0 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH 2, 4509-94472-7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(7") ZTT, ZTT FGTH 2, 4509-94472-7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Maxi, Car) ZTT, ZTT FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Single) ZTT, ZTT FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Single) ZTT, ZTT FGTH2CD, 4509-94474-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FGTH2C, 4509-94472-4 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(Cass, Single) ZTT, ZTT FGTH2C, 4509-94472-4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
20026 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Nalin & Kane Remixes)(12") Superfly 20026 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT 166 T Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12") ZTT ZTT 166 T UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT 166 TPX Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Promo) ZTT ZTT 166 TPX UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT 166 TP Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(2x12", Promo) ZTT ZTT 166 TP UK 2000 Sell This Version
AVTCDS-296 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Single) Avex Trax AVTCDS-296 Hong Kong 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT166CD Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Single) ZTT ZTT166CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
166C Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(Cass, Single) ZTT 166C UK 2000 Sell This Version
AVTCDS-337 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasure Dome(CD, Single, Enh) Avex Trax, ZTT AVTCDS-337 Hong Kong 2001 Sell This Version
REP 8028 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(CD, Maxi, Enh, Ltd, Num, Dig) Repertoire Records REP 8028 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
VLMX1706-3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Mac Devila RMX)(12", Maxi) Tanga Records VLMX1706-3 Spain 2004 Sell This Version
none, DDSALVOS090 Frankie Goes To Hollywood All In The Mind, All In The Body - EP(5xFile, AAC, EP, RE, 256) ZTT, Salvo none, DDSALVOS090 2014
none, DDSALVOS089 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Fruitness)(7xFile, AAC, Single, RE, 256) ZTT, Salvo none, DDSALVOS089 2014
none, DDSALVOS088 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(6xFile, AAC, Single, RE, 256) ZTT, Salvo none, DDSALVOS088 2014

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Hanuman1

Hanuman1

February 12, 2017
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 7", Single, ZTAS 7
Label says it is the "altered real" edit, which it is not!
Hanuman1

Hanuman1

February 5, 2017
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 2x12", Promo, ZTT 166 TP

Some DJs and Radio Station get a generic sleeve with this release!
Hanuman1

Hanuman1

February 5, 2017
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome (All Aboard The Remix Pleasure Ride), 12" + 12" + Promo, SAM 1275

Some records came with a press info from October 26th, 1993.
Hanuman1

Hanuman1

February 5, 2017
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 12", Maxi, 601 732, 601 732-213

Some german issues have the printed tour dates (1985) for Germany on back side of the sleeve.
mjb

mjb

April 28, 2015
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 6xFile, AAC, Single, RE, 256, none, DDSALVOS088
1, 4, 5 = 2009 Return To The Pleasuredome remasters, mediocre dynamic range
2 = 1994 remaster (as mislabeled 'Pleasurefix' on Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches), full dynamic range
3 = also called Escape Act Video Mix, full dynamic range mastering unique to this release
6 = 2012 Sex Mix remaster, mediocre dynamic range
teddsterr

teddsterr

January 17, 2015
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 12", Promo, SRC, DMD 830
Not the right Mix.....The pleasure Fix mix is the right Mix to have and play.
teddsterr

teddsterr

January 17, 2015
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome, 12", Promo, ARC, DMD 830
Not the right Mix.....The pleasure Fix mix is the right Mix to have and play.
teddsterr

teddsterr

January 17, 2015
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome / The Only Star In Heaven, 12", Promo, FGTH 1
Must say "Pleasure Fix" because i have theTrevor Horn ReMix and is not the same and not even close to this ridiculous Mix.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

September 28, 2013
referencing Welcome To The Pleasuredome / The Only Star In Heaven, 12", Promo, FGTH 1
Is there any news about the Only star in heaven version??? Anyway, it's a version??