Back to the 80s: F is for Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Frankie Goes to HollywoodIt’s hard to believe that we’ve almost reached the end of the year and thinking about Christmas. With my Back to the 80s challenge, after an absence last month due to NaNoWriMo, we’ve reached the letter F.

My band of choice this time around wasn’t too difficult, for one of their songs in particular I think, should reflect the mood around this time every year (besides, I’m just not all that into Christmas carols).

Formed in 1980, Frankie Goes to Hollywood released their debut single ‘Relax’ in 1983, which was banned by the BBC a year later for being too controversial. It quickly shot to No.1 in the UK charts, where it stayed for five weeks. The BBC lifted their ban towards the end of 1984. By this time, they had released two other singles ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’, which also went on to become chart toppers. Their album ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’ was released in 1985, with the title track reaching No.2 in the charts. Another album was released in 1986, but by then problems had arisen within the band, leading to the departure of lead singer Holly Johnson.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter F include:- Foreigner, Fine Young Cannibals, Fiction Factory.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter F can you think of? What are your plans over the Christmas break this year?

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