well, a couple of days after the (real) artwork was revealed, ZTT have gone one better and given us all the tracklisting for the new Frankie Goes To Hollywood compilation! here it is, complete with ZTTisms....
CD1: Frankie Goes To Hollywood in The Pleasuredome, a Zang Tuum Tumb singlette in five parts: Happy Hi! (All in the Body), The Soundtrack from Bernard Rose's Video of the Welcome to the Pleasuredome single, Get It On, Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (How to Remake the World), Happy Hi! (All in the Mind); Relax (International); The Power of Love (I'll Protect You From The Holocaust) can be read in various ways but, for the sake of CD indexing, has six distinct sections: The Power of Love (extended, singlette – as opposed to 12” – version), The World is My Oyster (Trapped), Holier Than Thou (FGTH's Christmas message), The World is My Oyster (Scrapped), Holier Than Thou (further festive messaging), The Power of Love (instrumental, singlette version); The World is My Oyster (at its full length); Don't Lose What's Left, Rage Hard + ++ *.
CD2: Extracts from Relax, From Soft to Hard, Dry to Moist: Relax (Sex Mix), Later On (from One September Monday), Ferry Cross The Mersey (...and here I'll stay); Music from and inspired by Two Tribes (Keep The Peace): Two Tribes (singlette extracts), One February Friday (singlette extracts), War (somewhere between Hidden and Hiding); Further elements from The Liverpool Look: Warriors of the Wasteland (Compacted), Do You Think I'm Sexy?, Watching the Wildlife (Voiceless).
ZTT do seem to have a most peculiar interpretation of what does and does not constitute as being "rare". once upon a time the 'Sex Mix' of Relax, assuming they mean the 16 minute version, was indeed rare, but i have it on i think 2 CD releases of late. as for Don't Lose What's Left, essentially the band burping whilst pretending to be The Count of Sesame Street (yep, it is as good as that sounds), i think it's been out on CD four times now, not to mention cropping up on every vinyl issue of the single in 1986.
but who cares? it is a great looking mix of some fantastic Frankie Goes To Hollywood moments, and i am delighted to see that, at last, their outrageous, brilliant cover of Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? gets a CD release. the band are on top form with the tune, and Paul Rutherford does an ace job with the vocals. Frankie's extra special Christmas message, Holier Than Thou, is a very welcome inclusion too - it remains funny to this day, and has i think only thus far been available on a Germany-only CD single. i wonder if the use of naughty words by Frankie will remain edited out?
a few people seem to be disappointed that Frankie's near-legendary, somewhat mythical recording of Slave To The Rhythm (a song recently reintroduced to the world by Grace Jones and a hula hoop for the benefit of Queen Elizabeth II) does not appear on the set. the short version is that it seems ZTT very much wish to release it; Frankie Say No. no doubt it will sneak out one day (the only truly "lost" modern recording in or possibly not in the world at the moment remains David Bowie's attempted soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth), but i can't say i am all that bothered. the released versions of it by other artists have never been on my "must play" lists, the members of Frankie, who agree on little, all say it's "poor" (i have cleaned up the language from some of them) and those who have heard it say - at best - "you are not missing all that much". not really much motivation to hear it, then!
a "volume two" is in the works for next year already. they must be confident that this will sell, and rightly so really.
i cannot find any place accepting pre-orders for The Sex Mix as of yet, but the release date is given as August 6. a 2 CD set to buy it most certainly is!
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!