Holly Johnson – Love train
“Love train” marked, in early 1989, the debut of Holly Johnson as a solo artist. You heard well: Holly Johnson, the glamorous frontman of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. In the best period of the 80s, between 1984 and 1985, they became one of the most iconic groups of British pop with their greatest hit “Relax“, but also with other songs like “Two Tribes“, “Welcome to the Pleasuredome“, and the fantastic “The power of love”.
At the end of the 80s Holly is no longer in sync with FGTH and with their label, the famous ZTT Records. Trevor Horn, former leader of the Buggles, the man of “Video killed the radio star”, was the owner of ZTT Records. If you wonder what the name means, it’s taken from an italian poem written by a futuristic poet of ‘900. The compete title was “Zang Tumb Tumb”, spelt in many ways.
Finally: they quarrel, they dispute over many topics, than Holly signs with MCA Records. In 1989 he releases his first solo album, “Blast”. This was his first solo video and song, and it gathered good success, as the whole album. Of course the glamour and the transgression of “Relax” were lightyears far…
A final notice: do you like the guitar solos between the sections of the song? Good riffs, aren’t they? I could not agree more, if you think who played them. It was Queen’s guitar Brian May!
Holly Johnson on Wikipedia