Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Real Altered) [1985]

Probably my favourite of all the FGTH tracks, its got that cracking driving bass drum that just dominates all the way through. The original radio release was just a shortened version of the Real Altered mix that you hear. The fundamental difference here is that this 12″ version was most definately designed for dancing rather than as a 4 minute pop track. There’s far less vocal work, much more of that cracking bass riff that makes this track just a relentless floor pounder. An absolutely monster tune. Thanks to Emz who stuck this up on Facebook this morning and ive been listening too all day!

From Discogs
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.


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