Sunday earworm: Frankie's 'Power of Love'
If you'd asked me six years ago, when we first started Stuck in the '80s, if we'd be doing a show on Frankie Goes to Hollywood soon, I'd have said "any second now!" Such was my connection to the band in the mid-'80s.
And yet, here we are, 245 episodes into the '80s and no Frankie. Why is that? Maybe because Frankie is a moving target, always hinting at a reunion and then picking up the pieces when it doesn't happen. I'd even heard that former frontman Holly Johnson had a solo tour of the U.S. planned at one point, and then *poof* -- nothing happened.
I'll save the long story about my infatuation with the band for that special day when we sit down and record a show, hopefully with a former member of Frankie as a special guest. Until then, please enjoy Sunday's earworm: The Power of Love, which hit No. 1 in the U.K. but didn't perform nearly as well in the U.S. charts as the other same-titled song by Huey Lewis. And that's a damn shame, because I consider it an '80s classic.
This was the third single from Welcome to the Pleasuredome, and was released around Christmas 1984. To mark its holiday release, the great Godley & Creme produced this nativity themed video. The images of the band members around the video were reportedly added under pressure by UK broadcasters, who objected to just about every video the band made back in the '80s.
Enjoy it, and if you have an e-mail addy for Holly or the boys, please pass it along.