Welcome to the Pleasuredome

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Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Released 29 October 1984 (1984-10-29)
Recorded July 1983-1984 at Manor Studios, Oxford and Sarm Studios, London
Genre New wave, Synthpop, Hi-NRG
Length 64:00
Label ZTT (UK), Island (US)
Producer Trevor Horn
Frankie Goes to Hollywood chronology
Welcome to the Pleasuredome
(1984)
Bang! (Japan-only LP)
(1985)
Alternative Cover
The original CD cover, which was taken from one of the vinyl's dust jackets.
Singles from Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  1. "Relax"
    Released: 24 October 1983
  2. "Two Tribes"
    Released: 28 May 1984
  3. "The Power of Love"
    Released: 19 November 1984
  4. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
    Released: 18 March 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
BBC (2010 Deluxe Edition) Positive[3]

Welcome to the Pleasuredome is the debut studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released by ZTT and Island Records on 29 October 1984.[4] Originally issued as a vinyl double album, it was assured of a UK chart entry at number one due to reported advance sales of over one million.[4] The album was also a top ten seller internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand.

While commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of all of the songs from the group's (already much-remixed) hit singles from the same year ("Relax" and "Two Tribes", plus B-side "War"), as well as a surfeit of cover versions in lieu of much new original material. It was later revealed that Trevor Horn's production dominated the record so thoroughly that the band's own instrumental performances were often replaced by session musicians or Horn himself. Frankie's second album, Liverpool, actively featured the full band.

However, the album's evergreen ballad "The Power of Love" subsequently provided the group with their third consecutive UK number one single.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

All songs written and composed by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash and Mark O'Toole except where noted.[5][6]

Side 1: "F - Pray Frankie Pray"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Well..."   Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Andy Richards 0:55
2. "The World Is My Oyster"     1:02
3. "Snatch of Fury (Stay)"   Gerry Marsden 0:36
4. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome"     12:58
Side 2: "G - Say Frankie Say"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Relax (Come Fighting)"     3:56
6. "War (...and Hide)"   Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield 6:12
7. "Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment)"     3:23
8. "(Tag)" (unlisted track)   0:35
Side 3: "T - Stay Frankie Stay"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Ferry (Go)"   Marsden 1:49
10. "Born to Run"   Bruce Springsteen 3:56
11. "San Jose (The Way)"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David 3:09
12. "Wish (The Lads Were Here)"     2:48
13. "The Ballad of 32"     4:47
Side 4: "H - Play Frankie Play"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Krisco Kisses"     2:57
15. "Black Night White Light"     4:05
16. "The Only Star in Heaven"     4:16
17. "The Power of Love"     5:28
18. "Bang"     1:08
Total length:
64:00
  • The entire first side was indexed as one track on vinyl, much like the singles from this album.
  • "(Tag)" was an unlisted orchestral extract from Two Tribes and featured an impersonation of HRH Prince Charles (by Chris Barrie) ruminating about orgasms.
  • "War (and Hide Yourself)" features a long introduction with a percussion track and an impersonation of Ronald Reagan (also by Chris Barrie) in a long soliloquy about war and love.
  • "Ferry (Go)" was a short version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey", the Gerry and the Pacemakers track that backed Frankie's first 12-inch single, "Relax". A very brief extract of the vocals from this featured on side one as "Snatch of Fury (Stay)"
  • The LP was also issued as a double picture disc in transparent PVC sleeve, cat no: NEAT 1, and cassette, cat no: ZCIQ1.

Reissues[edit]

Original CD version

The original CD version had the following altered tracklist. Subsequent CD reissues reverted to the vinyl LP's track listing and cover art.

  1. "The World Is My Oyster" – 1:57 (incorporates "Well...")
  2. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" – 13:38 (incorporates "Snatch of Fury (Stay)")
  3. "Relax (Come Fighting)" – 3:56
  4. "War (...and Hide)" – 6:12
  5. "Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment) including The Last Voice" – 10:22 ("Two Tribes" version is actually "Annihilation")
  6. "Born to Run" – 4:13
  7. "Happy Hi!" – 4:12
  8. "Wish (The Lads Were Here) including The Ballad of 32" – 7:35
  9. "Krisco Kisses" – 2:57
  10. "Black Night White Light" – 4:05
  11. "The Only Star in Heaven" – 4:16
  12. "The Power of Love" – 5:28
  13. "Bang" – 1:08
  • Several CD reissues omit the vocals on "Snatch of Fury (Stay)".
  • A digitally remastered version was issued in 2000 including the bonus B-side tracks "One September Monday" (4:50) and "One February Friday" (4:58).
25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

In 2010, a Deluxe Edition of Welcome to the Pleasuredome was released, featuring a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. The first CD contains the LP version of the original album. The contents of the second CD are as follows:[7]

  1. "Relax (Greatest Bits)" - 16:59
  2. "One September Monday" - 04:49
  3. "The Power of Love (12 inch version)" - 09:30
  4. "Disneyland" - 03:07
  5. "Two Tribes (Between Rulers And Ruling)" - 04:10
  6. "War (Between Hidden And Hiding)" - 04:00
  7. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Cut Rough)" - 05:40
  8. "One February Friday" - 05:00
  9. "The Ballad of 32 (Mix 2)" - 11:03
  10. "Who Then Devised the Torment?" - 00:16
  11. "Relax (Greek Disco Mix)" - 06:18
  12. "Watusi Love Juicy" - 04:03
  13. "The Last Voice" - 01:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 9
French Albums Chart[10] 7
German Albums Chart[11] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 5
UK Albums Chart[16] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[17] 33

Personnel[edit]

  • Holly Johnson: lead vocals
  • Brian Nash: guitar
  • Peter Gill: drums
  • Mark O'Toole: bass
  • Paul Rutherford: vocals
Additional personnel
Production
  • Produced By Trevor Horn
  • Engineers: Stuart Bruce, Steve Lipson
  • Mastering: Ian Cooper

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welcome to the Pleasuredome at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: frankie goes to hollywood". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c2vh
  4. ^ a b Thrills, Adrian (13 October 1984). "Frankie Say: Beat It!". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 2. 
  5. ^ "Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs (track lengths)". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs (writing)". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  7. ^ "ZTT Records | Frankie Goes To Hollywood - ...Pleasuredome (Element Series edition)". ztt.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA | Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  10. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  16. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  17. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Give My Regards to Broad Street
by Paul McCartney
UK number one album
10 November 1984 – 16 November 1984
Succeeded by
Make It Big by Wham!