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Phenomenal: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 1984

THAT A GROUP should make the fourth-best selling British single of all time with their first release is remarkable; that they should follow it up with the eleventh-best selling British single of all time is freakish. Phenomenon is the only word for it: Liverpool’s Frankie Goes to Hollywood, like Michael Jackson, have made people buy records again.

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