Alex Blaze

Queer Music Friday - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 10, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: queer music

I'm leaving to catch a plane back home soon so I don't have much time to write a real QMF. So here's one of the gayest music videos ever produced, "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was so gay it got banned by the BBC back in '84.

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Wow I never saw that version of it. Now I feel cheated of being denied a whole different perspective. That certainly would have gotten my attention back then.

For being (in the US anyway) a one-hit wonder, FGTH really had a huge, huge impact on queer people making mainstream music. Neither Elton John or Freddy Mercury were really out in 1984 and although there were a few more people like Tom Robinson, and (the then) Wayne County, there really weren't many out people making pop music much less having big hit songs (Sylvester RIP). Bless him, Holly Johnson made the best of his 10 minutes of fame.

Ahh, those were the days-- and a young and crispy Holly Johnson. He made good solo music after this, too.
I remember that this was on telly when I was still in school, and people were discussing it. People were so naive back than that they weren't sure if this was meant to be gay?