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: