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This is my response to this week’s Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we were asked to:

Share a song that drove you crazy?

Do you remember Milli Vanilli? They were a Euro pop act at the turn of the Nineties. They were big here and even won a Grammy for “best newcomer”.

They mimed. None of their records were them singing. They were just two pretty boys, placed at the front of the stage to make punters drool. They got found out, crashed and burned, the Grammy went back, and presumably they are serving hamburgers to this day.

I don’t choose them, though, but another song which I thought was “fake”. The summer of 1984 was long, hot and marked the craze which was Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Now, I’ve nothing against Relax, it’s just that it sounded like a totally different song, before and after production. And this was a band whose first three singles all went to #1 here, a feat which is pretty unheard of.

All these years later, Frankie obviously did a good job of cleaning up the web, because the only barely-produced version I found was this:

compared to the “rrelease” version:

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

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  1. The pre release version of Relax is far superior to the post in my opinion.
    Both have different things going for them – but the bass in the pre vesion is funky as! πŸ‘

    Oh, and sadly one of the Milli Vanilli guys passed away in the late 90’s. Suspected drug overdose from memory. Sad πŸ˜”πŸ–€


        1. I suppose if you heard it at the time, though, it’s noteworthy, especially if you remember the music. He can’t have been all that old, so another reason why it would register.
          I used to follow cycling bigtime, one of my favourite riders was an ex-champion atthe end of his career. I still remember the exact day he died. Coke od. Younger than me, too.

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                1. He was quite fucked up, I think. I mean, being a pro-cyclist is quite lucrative (50-75k?) for someone without any real education, but not really mind-blowing. Win the Tour de France, and it becomes mind-blowing. I think he mainly couldn’t handle the wealth and the attention.
                  If anything, it’s a good lesson why sport and money don’t mix.
                  But I took in his story and found it tragic, more than anything. You can’t help thinking, if only he’d have had somebody sensible beside him.

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