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Bang: Greatest Hits

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This Greatest Hits compilation combines the seven ZTT singles, including 'Relax' 'Two Tribes', 'The Power Of Love', 'Rage Hard' and 'Watching The Wildlife' along with other various album tracks. False Tuned. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Relax
  2. Two Tribes
  3. War
  4. Ferry Cross The Mersey
  5. Warriors Of The Wasteland
  6. For Heaven's Sake
  7. The World Is My Oyster
  8. Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  9. Watching The Wildlife
  10. Born To Run
  11. Rage Hard
  12. The Power Of Love
  13. Bang


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ztt
  • ASIN: B000B5KR4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood was one of the very best bands of the 1980s. The band only released a couple of albums, then it split... but its music still lives on, or rather has been revived with a BANG! release, and this is well-deserved. So even though Frankie Say... No More, Frankie still say a lot!
This compilation contains the best track of the outstanding concept album 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome', such as the debut hit single 'Relax' (regarded controversial back then!), the absolutely great 'Two Tribes', the breathtakingly beautiful ballad 'The Power Of Love', and an interesting and varied version of 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'. Plus stuff from the less impressive 'Liverpool' album, like 'Rage Hard', but sadly not including the wonderful 'Is Anybody Out There?'.
The listener also has to live with more mediocre songs like 'Warriors Of The Wasteland' or 'For Heaven's Sake'; both unmistakably Frankie but not really top quality. Still, as a whole, this compilation album makes you rock and think about the rocking 1980s. It's a great memory.
The CD booklet which accompanies the compilation is also very interesting: Frankie's history and nice pictures.
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Exactly twenty years ago, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, led by the flamboyant Holly Johnson, was the hottest band to emerge from the UK. From their hit singles to their "Frankie Say Relax" t-shirts, FGTH was as much an attitude as they were a music group. Their songs, often produced by Tervor Horn, were elaborately produced, highly conceptualized, and had all the subtlety of a hand grenade. Not everyone, it must be said, was pleased with the group. And Johnson's coming out as a gay man did nothing to appease conservatives, either. But that didn't stop the hits from coming. Their debut single, the high-NRG "Relax," was banned from the UK airwaves for its explicit lyrics, despite going Number One and sitting comfortably in the Top Ten for several weeks. That song was unseated from Number One by the band's own followup, the politically charged "Two Tribes," whose video was also frowned upon. The third single, the killer ballad "The Power of Love" also went Number One, as did FGTH's debut album "Welcome to the Pleasuredome." But the success was short lived; 1986's "Liverpool" LP was a relative flop and the band called it a day shortly thereafter. Still, "Bang! The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood," is a great snapshot of FGTH's brief career as a band. In addition to the previously mentioned singles, we get the full-length 13-minute "Welcome to the Pleasuredome," which is far more preferable than the edited single version, "Rage Hard," and their campy cover of Bruce Springsteen's classic "Born to Run." As a bonus, we also get the original, 7-minute mix of "Relax" as well as a 90's update of "Two Tribes." My only complaint is that the liner notes aren't as detailed as they should be. Even so, this disc is worth picking up. If nothing else, it's a welcome trip down 1980's memory lane.
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I just saw the band on VH1's "Bands Reunited". I was glad to see all the band members in the same room still doing well after many years, particularly Holly Johnson. It's a shame that they couldn't do a performance together. Oh well. At least they put out this CD which contains material from "Welcome To The Pleasuredome" and "Liverpool". The combination of synthpop, melodramaticism, and big sound (among other things) is what made the bad so big in their heyday! All the big hits are here including "Relax" and "Two Tribes". Then there are the cover versions of Edwin Starr's "War" and believe it or not, Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run"! But the most prominent track has to be the 13 and a 1/2 minute version of "Welcome To The Pleasuredome" ("Shooting stars never stop when they reach the top! Hoo! Hah! Hoo! Hoo! Hah!") Because of the show on VH1, I knew I had to go out and buy this disc. The disc does not disappoint! Now I really wish that the band did perform! SIGH!
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Frankie Goes To Hollywood was possibly the ultimate in created new wave bands. They made a huge controversial splash, charted one of the most successful singles in the history of the UK and flaunted their homosexuality so blatantly that the Village People would have been proud. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" was one of the biggest selling double albums in Europe. "Frankie Say..." T-Shirts were everywhere. Brian DePalma directed their video. Then suddenly, it was over. Their second album, "Liverpool," sank like a rock, and the two major figures (Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford) in the group embarked on minor solo careers. Even so, FGTH meteoric rise and just as rapid fall is marked by songs that still sound as anthemic and ridiculously over the top as they did in 1984-86. They even managed to capture a classic song, in the hedonist anthem "Relax."

That is what "Bang" captures. Thirteen songs are split nine from "Pleasuredome" and four from "Liverpool," each with Trevor Horn's kitchen sink productions and Holly Johnson's drama queen vocals. Horn, who had just started his ZTT label, had learned his lessons with Yes quite well. Both "Relax" and "Two Tribes" were huge sounding records that still have that grandiose distinctiveness of both progressive rock and Hi-NRG dance music. There was nothing else like them, and coupled with the hyper-aggressive marketing, nothing could resist their sonic onslaught.

Once you get past those two signature songs, it is amazing what Frankie had left to say. Granted, the lyrics were sometimes beyond bizarre ("here comes a supernova, what a push-over!"), but the ferocity of "Rage Hard" and the sheer sexuality of "Welcome To The Pleasuredome" do offer proof that the group did have a bit more to them than Horn and hype.
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