Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Welcome to the Pleasuredome


4.0
excellent

Review

by Egglord USER (2 Reviews)
December 1st, 2007 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frankie Goes to Hollywood was a quirky but lovable 80's band whose controversies and fanaticism reached few people this side of the Atlantic but is quite influential on the artists of today. Pleasuredome was their only album that really mattered.

If you look past Frankie Goes to Hollywood's signature song "Relax" and delve into their quirky debut album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, you would probably end your first encounter with it more puzzled with it than when you started. It is certainly a diverse, strange entertaining album that either rises triumphantly or falls flat on its face although thankfully, the former is most prevalent.

As such an eclectic and innovative work, WttP suffers from its lack of a unified theme and lacks clear direction and purpose as well as its length. The album was originally a double album. It could have easily been condensed down to a single LP and have been much more fluid and consistent.

The First LP is the stronger of the two featuring an eerie introductory section consisting of the first three tracks before transitioning into the fantastic title track which stretches on for twelve minutes. To this day I cannot figure out why I love this song so much. It is overlong and repetitive, but just trust me, it is fantastic with surreal lyrics and all. Next up is the hit single Relax. Does this need to be even addressed? Track six is a unique cover of Edwin Starr's earlier song. It includes a great Ronald Reagan impersonator reciting several interesting quotes although this dates the material somewhat. Closing the first LP is Two Tribes, a hit for them in the UK. It is not as good as Relax but it still worthwhile and is a fantastic closer. The first record is easily one of my favorites. 5/5

And now we get to the sketchy area. The second of the album really goes nowhere. It starts out with an odd spoken bit concerning orgasms that is hilarious upon first listen but really annoys you later. Fury is a throwaway as is the Bruce Springsteen cover of Born to Run. San Jose is just a pointless and boring cover of an old song. After this mid-album slump, Frankie makes a rebound with Black Night White Light, The Only Star in Heaven, and the Power of Love, another big hit in the UK and a touching love song that I am embarrassed to say that I like. And after a overlong and inconsistent journey (sixty four minutes nearly exactly) the album closes with a Bang, another quirky track that sums up this varied album well. The first side of the second records needed work. 3/5


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ohcleverhansyou
December 1st 2007


885 Comments


A decent first review, though you should describe the music itself a bit more. It's
short on the details. This Message Edited On 12.01.07

starry
November 13th 2010


552 Comments


'this side of the Atlantic', you mean the American side I guess lol, 'this side of the Atlantic' for me would refer to the other side.

parksungjoon
June 4th 2017


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow how come no one knows this



t/t is still such a fuckin jam

parksungjoon
February 27th 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this site sucks dude

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2020


18936 Comments


THE POWER OF LOOOOOVEE

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

prob not a 4 overall but damn





THERE GOES A SUPERNOVAAAA



WHAT A PUSHOVER

bloc
March 23rd 2020


70186 Comments


Super underrated album

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

y87arrow
April 8th 2020


713 Comments


Well my side of the atlantic is the european one and here they had 3 number 1 singles (two in 1984 one in 1986). Holly Johnson the singer had 2 singles that peaked on #4 and #2 here (both in 1989) in germany.

Not my kind of pop music, I like the british new wave & synthpop era from the early 80's till 1984

parksungjoon
April 8th 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

respectable



have you ever heard freur?

y87arrow
April 8th 2020


713 Comments


I never heard of them but I searched them on here minutes ago and I see they have an album from 1983. Will check it out soon!

bloc
April 8th 2020


70186 Comments


Anyone ever heard the New York mix of Relax? Might be better than the original

parksungjoon
April 8th 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is that the one thats like, the instrumental only, and then the normal version?

bloc
April 8th 2020


70186 Comments


Basically yeah, it's instrumental for the first little while then the vocals come in. Kinda like an extended version of the song

https://youtu.be/FXpX_s_q098

parksungjoon
April 8th 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah i know this then, rules m/

parksungjoon
August 20th 2020


47234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

kinda taking it back a bit



the album is pretty inconsistent



t/t, relax and two tribes are huge jams, and there's a few other good tracks, but also some questionable ones

Mad.
October 19th 2020


4914 Comments


AHHAHHIYYAAAAAAAAAH

bloc
October 19th 2020


70186 Comments


Literally just learned last week the chorus in Relax is not "if you wanna suck to it"

Mad.
October 20th 2020


4914 Comments


Lol funnily enough was reading about that yesterday... you're closer than you think

Originally when questioned on the matter, the press was told that the line that sounds something like "when you want to suck to it" was really "when you want to sock it to it." Later, once the song was successful, Holly Johnson confessed the line is, "When you wanna suck it, chew it."

bloc
October 20th 2020


70186 Comments


Haha same dude, read it on Genius



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