Rage Hard

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"Rage Hard"
Rage Hard singles.jpg
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 Pop rock, new wave
Length 5:05
Label ZTT - ZTAS 22
Writer(s) Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash, Mark O'Toole
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singles chronology
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
"Rage Hard"
"Warriors of the Wasteland"

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


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 towards 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.


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 "SuffRAGEtte 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.

Track listing[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
  • 20,000 copies in a pop-up gatefold sleeve (with the Rage Hard fists being the pop-up) (sleeve featured the Orange fist) (ZTD22)

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)
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]" + "SuffRAGEtte City" (David Bowie) - 3:31
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" + "[The End]" -0:22
  • An edit (10:05) of this mix is also known as "Young Person's Guide To The 12-inch"
  • Track 1 also known as "Rage Hard (✚)"
  • This 12" was also released with a 12" x 24" poster (12 ZTAQ 22), 20,000 copies.
  • 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" - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" + "[The End]" -0:22
  • (sleeve featured the Yellow fist)
  • Note: 12ZTAX22 also came in a limited edition cardboard box which was designed to contain the complete set of Rage Hard UK releases. The front of the box lists the relevant catalogue numbers of the intended contents, minus the Stamped mix 7" single which is not listed. The box, called "The Total" had a sticker which made it clear that only 12 ZTAX 22 was included. It is still not established whether any box sets with their intended contents were ever officially released or indeed sold by record stores, but it's highly likely that some stores sold a complete set on request, if not officially.
  • "Broad Mix" also known as "Rage Hard (✚✚)"
  • Track 2 is labelled as "Broadhouse Blues" on the sleeve.
  • Track 3 is labelled as ""(Don't Loose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" on the front sleeve

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

  1. "Rage Hard" (✚) (✚✚) ✪
    1. "['we have begun']" - 0:07
    2. "Rage Hard" (✚✚ edited) - 5:08
    3. "Rage Hard" (compacted) (First 7:27 Of ✚ / First 1:19 Of ✚✚ / Last 3:11 Of ✚) - 11:58
  2. "SuffRAGEtte City" - 3:31
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" (excerpt) - 0:18
  4. "Roadhouse Blues" (the short version) - 3:37
  • (sleeve featured the Purple fist)
  • (Compacted is a combined edit of the Young Persons Guide and Broad.)

Tracks 3 and 1 was rereleased in 2012 on CD Sexmix Disk 1, Tracks 14 and 15.

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"

1993 Version[edit]

In 1993, a version of the song appeared on the b side of The Power Of Love reissue (FGTH 3) entitled "Original DJ mix". This version is the original 7" mix from 1986, but with the first chorus removed. Instead, the first verse and second verse are jointed together. This release can also be found on a large centre hole 7" disc with the label details stamped into the naked vinyl, as opposed to a paper or printed label.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[1] 45
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 12
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 7
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 82
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 6
French Singles Chart[5] 32
German Singles Chart[6] 1
Irish Singles Chart[7] 2
Italian Singles Chart[8] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[10] 8
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 9
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 19
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 5
UK Singles Chart[13] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[14] 42


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