Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Hammersmith Odeon, London

David Sinclair, The Times, 1 April 1985

HAVING TENACIOUSLY eschewed the medium of live performance as a factor in their rise to ministardom, Frankie Goes to Hollywood now find themselves hoist by their own petard. Stated crudely, the live show does not match up to the videos. For, while the band have tailored their songs to suit certain meticulous production standards and a series of stunning televisual images, in performance they sounded curiously wooden and emasculated.

Total word count of piece: 211


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.