Frankie Goes to Hollywood

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood are an English pop band formed in Liverpool in 1980. They comprise Holly Johnson (vocals) and Paul Rutherford (backing vocals), Mark O'Toole (bass), Brian Nash (guitar) and Peter Gill (drums).

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood in 1985. From front: Paul Rutherford, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash, Peter Gill and Mark O'Toole
Background information
OriginLiverpool, England
Years active
  • 1980–1987
  • 2004–2007
  • 2023
Past membersJed O'Toole

Frankie Goes to Hollywood signed to ZTT Records in 1983. Their debut album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984), produced by Trevor Horn, achieved advance sales of more than a million. Their first three singles, "Relax", "Two Tribes" and "The Power of Love", each reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. Their provocative sexual themes led them to be briefly banned by the BBC, drawing further publicity. In 2014, the music journalist Paul Lester wrote that "no band has dominated a 12-month period like Frankie ruled 1984".[7]

Frankie Goes to Hollywood won the 1985 Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act. They received Grammy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best New Artist. Johnson, Gill and O'Toole received the 1984 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Two Tribes".

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's second album, Liverpool (1986), sold fewer copies, and they disbanded acrimoniously in 1987. Johnson successfully sued ZTT to leave his contract and began a solo career. He declined invitations to reunite and blocked the band from using the name without him. In 2004, Frankie Goes to Hollywood reunited without Johnson and Nash to perform at a Prince's Trust charity concert, with Ryan Molloy on vocals. The original band members reunited for the first time since 1987 to perform for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.