Rage Hard

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"Rage Hard"
Single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
from the album Liverpool
A-side Rage Hard
Released 22 August 1986 (1986-08-22)
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1986
Genre Dance, new wave
Length 5:05
Label ZTT - ZTAS 22
Writer(s) Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singles chronology
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
(1985)
"Rage Hard"
(1986)
"Warriors of the Wasteland"
(1986)

"Rage Hard" is the fifth single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was released in August 1986.

Background[edit]

Having topped the charts around the world with Welcome to the Pleasuredome and its accompanying singles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood took off to Amsterdam to record the follow-up album, Liverpool. Taking on a rockier edge, "Rage Hard" was the first single culled from the disc.

The single's title came from the Dylan Thomas poem "Do not go gentle into that good night".

Of note, "Rage Hard" was a testament to the changing musical landscape in Britain at the time. It was not only the first Frankie single to be featured on CD single, it was also the first single to not feature a cassette release - new rules limited the number items that could count toward the official charts, following the earlier ZTT excesses.

"Rage Hard" eventually hit Number 4 in the UK singles charts and Number 1 in Germany (for two weeks), #5 in Switzerland, #7 in the Netherlands, #12 in Austria, #19 in Sweden and #32 in France.

B-sides[edit]

The b-sides to "Rage Hard" were, for the most part, straight forward cover songs. Firstly there was a cover of David Bowie's 1972 glam-rock classic "Suffragette City", slightly renamed to "SufferRAGEette City" to fit in with the "Rage Hard" promotion. The second cover song was "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors which featured on the 2nd 12". A shorter version features on the CD single.

The original b-side is an odd composition entitled "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind". It was released in two versions, a 4 minute mix and a 6 minute mix and featured Holly Johnson & Brian (Nasher) Nash imitating Count von Count ("Ha ha ha/I am the Count") from the children's TV show 'Sesame Street'. This was complemented by sampled burps and belches over a backing track.

An excerpt from Rage Hard Freddy Basstone Mix.ogg

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Tracklisting[edit]

7": ZTT / ZTAS 22 United Kingdom[edit]

"rage rage"

  1. "Rage Hard" (7" mix) - 5:05
  2. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 4:03
  • The standard release features all five coloured fists on the cover

7": ZTT / ZTAX 22 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Rage Hard" (stamped) - 4:55
  2. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 4:03
  • The dance mix of Rage Hard was an edit of the "Broad Mix" from the 2nd 12" (sleeve featured the Blue fist)
  • ZTAX7 came in a pop-up gatefold sleeve (with the Rage Hard fists being the pop-up) (sleeve featured the Orange fist) (ZTD22)
Full Rage Hard releases

(All discographical information pertains to UK releases only)

12": ZTT / 12 ZTAS 22 United Kingdom[edit]

"Slam Bam"

  1. "Rage Hard" - 12:08
  2. "[The B-side]" + "SuffRAGEette City" (David Bowie) - 3:31
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" -0:22
  • An edit (10:05) of this mix is also known as "Young Person's Guide To The 12-inch"
  • This 12" was also released with a 12" x 24" poster (12 ZTAQ 22)
  • Also released on German CD (Island / 658 434)

12": ZTT / 12 ZTAX 22 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Rage Hard" (Broad Mix) - 8:36
  2. "Roadhouse Blues" (the full version) - 4:03
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" ('suffer brother') - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" -0:22
  • (sleeve featured the Yellow fist)
  • Note: 12ZTAX22 also came as a limited edition with a box designed to contain all the Rage Hard UK issues (box featured the Red fist)
  • "Broad Mix" also known as "Rage Hard ++"
  • Track 2 is labelled as "Broadhouse Blues" on the sleeve.

CD: ZTT / CD ZCID 22 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "['we have begun']" - 0:07
  2. "Rage Hard" (Broad Mix edited) - 5:08
  3. "Rage Hard" (compacted) - 11:58
  4. "SuffRAGEette City" - 3:31
  5. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" (excerpt) - 0:18
  6. "Roadhouse Blues" (the short version) - 3:37
  • (sleeve featured the Purple fist)
  • (Compacted is a combined edit of the Young Persons Guide and Broad.)

12": Island / DMD 987 United States[edit]

  1. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Vocal Remix) - 7:00
  2. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Remix Edit) - 4:03
  3. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Remix Dub) - 5:30
  • US Promo 12"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 12
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 7
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 82
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 6
French Singles Chart[4] 32
German Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
Italian Singles Chart[7] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 8
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 9
Swedish Singles Chart[10] 19
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 5
UK Singles Chart[12] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[13] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  5. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  6. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Rage Hard by Frankie Goes To Hollywood Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Frankie Goes to Hollywood". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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