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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Kid Jenson Session Tapes

As I have now completed the first 4 single by the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood I thought that it would be great to share the early recordings and sessions that are available back then. The first of these is the Kid Jenson session.

It was Christmas 1982 and Frankie were the most talked about band on Merseyside.

In Liverpool at this time was a Tube researcher looking to interview Dead Or Alive for a Tube special on Liverpool. But finding Pete Burns inactive, Mick Sawyer sought out Frankie saying that The Tube would make a video for them.

“Frankie were just an averagely bright rock band,” muses Sawyer. “They had a lot of unfinished ideas and an image only The Tube would touch.”

The video was shot in the city’s State Ballroom — now a disco — and stands as one of the most eloquent documents of the original, unretouched Frankie, with Holly delivering a near-monosyllabic version of 'Relax'. It was a memorable day.

Radio interest was beginning to pick up again, with John Peel repeating his session and Kid Jensen commissioning 'Welcome To The Pleasure Dome', 'The Only Star In Heaven' and 'Relax 2' for his early evening show.

In February 1983 FGTH recorded the session for Kid Jensen ( DJ on Radio One). The track-listing for the session was as follows:

Jensen Session (February 1983)
01 - The Only Star in Heaven
02 - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
03 - Invade My Heart
04 - Relax 2 (Shoot in the Right Direction)

When it went out on the air, unknown to the band someone - someone with influence - was listening: record producer Trevor Horn. The rest is history.

Click the link below to download the session:


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