Happy 25th Birthday "Relax."

Released as a single in 1983 and included on Welcome to the Pleasuredome in 1984, "Relax" went to #1 the UK, "ultimately becoming one of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the entire decade." After the release of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's second single, "Two Tribes," which went to #1, "Relax" climbed back up the charts in June 1984 to the #2 position.

ZTT Records co-founder Paul Morley initiated the ad campaign for "Relax" with "two quarter-page ads in the British music press. The first ad featured images of (Paul) Rutherford in a sailor cap and a leather vest, and (Holly) Johnson with a shaved head and rubber gloves. The images were accompanied by the phrase 'ALL THE NICE BOYS LOVE SEA MEN,' and declared 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood are coming...making Duran Duran lick the shit off their shoes...Nineteen inches that must be taken always.'"

On Jan. 7,1984, after performing "Relax" on Top of the Pops, BBC Radio banned the song for it's "sexually explicit" lyrics, which on Jan. 24 sent "Relax" to #1. The song spent five weeks at #1 and remained on the charts for a "record consecutive forty-two weeks." BBC Radio lifted it's ban later in the year.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome "reported advance sales of over one million," and went to #1 in November 1984. "The Power of Love" gave Frankie Goes To Hollywood their third consecutive #1 single.

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