Happy 25th Birthday "Two Tribes."

The title track of the second single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two Tribes" stayed "at the top of the singles chart for nine consecutive weeks, during which time the group's previous single 'Relax' climbed back up the charts to number two. This song, along with 'Relax' quickly became two of the biggest selling singles of all time in the UK, mainly due to the group's label, ZTT, issuing limited editions of new and varied mixes of both songs every couple of weeks."

The original version of "Two Tribes" was recorded in 1982 for a John Peel session before it fell into the slick hands of producer Trevor Horn, who gave it the Horn treatment and released it in May 1984, at the height of the cold war.

The original 1984 mix "featured actor Patrick Allen, who recreated his narration from the Protect and Survive public information films for certain 12-inch mixes," and actor Chris Barrie as the voice of Ronald Regan. The 7" mix was significantly less exciting, a "pop/radio-oriented production," dispensing "with a section of the song's middle eight altogether."

The very first 12" (Annihilation Mix) began with an air raid siren, and the album version (For The Victims Of Ravishment) was based on the heavily instrumental (Carnage Mix).

"Two Tribes" was written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, and Mark O'Toole, and was later included on the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, which you will find featured here in October, on the 25th anniversary of it's release.

Video: © 1984, Zang Tuum Tumb, ZTIS 119, directed by Godley & Creme