Links To Peel
Touring around Liverpool, the group began to garner a cult following. They even joined up with another group – The Leatherpets. Through their local popularity, Frankie Goes To Hollywood was able to make their own promotional videos and record demos, despite having been turned down by majors like Arista and Phonogram. In 1982, Peel invited them to do a session, which included an early version of Two Tribes, and also took the group with him on his roadshow on 17 December 1982 at North Cheshire College in Warrington. Soon after, the group was asked to record a video for Relax and this was shown by Channel 4 on The Tube in 1983. The growing popularity of the group convinced Grammy Award-winning producer Trevor Horn to sign them to his newly formed ZZT Records.
When the BBC banned "Relax" in 1984 after Mike Read found the lyrics supposedly obscene, Peel scoffed and played it on his show, along with David Jensen, who also disagreed with the ban. Although this incident went down in Radio One folklore, Peel himself cast doubt on the simplicity of the issue. 
- "Well I was always told the only reason Mike Read made his little speech about it was because he had a lot of time on his hands leading up to a news bulletin, which was like half past something and he had 20 seconds to go, and he didn’t have enough time to do what we usually did and get his guitar out and sing 'Rubber Ball'. So he thought 'I’ve got to say something' and he launched into his damning. I don’t know if this is true or not and I don’t really care."
Furthermore, Peel would later describe the band's Top of the Pops performance of this song as his favourite ever from the show. The song was banned on the show on 02 February 1984 (TOTP), which Peel and Jensen presented, despite the song being at number one.
In 1997, after Peel compered the Hillsborough Justice Campaign Concert, he named Holly Johnson, former singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, singing a cover of Gerry & The Pacemakers' "Ferry Across The Mersey" as one of the highlights. Peel played the Frankie Goes To Hollywood version on his show in May 1997.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1984 Festive Fifty: Two Tribes #25
- Two Tribes / The World Is My Oyster / Krisco Kisses / Disneyland
- Junk Funk (Get On Down) / The Other Side Of Midnight / The Power Of Love / Get It On
Other Shows Played(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)
- 05 November 1983 (BFBS): Relax! (7") ZTT ZTAS 1
- 30 November 1983 (BFBS): Relax! (7") ZTT ZTAS 1
- 01 December 1983: Relax (12") ZTT (JP: "Still not in the charts I'm aggrieved to see. A wonderful record.")
- 02 January 1984: Relax (Warp Mix) (7" promo) ZTT ZTAS 1
- 24 April 1984: Love Has Got A Gun (LP - The Zulu Compilation Zulu
- Karl's Tape Late July 1984: War (Hidden) (12") ZTT WARTZ 3
- 29 October 1984: The Power Of Love (2xLP – Welcome To The Pleasuredome) ZTT (JP: I don't suppose there's any way that Welcome To The Pleasuredome could actually live up to people's expectations, but it comes close, and that is about as good as you can expect, I think.)
- 25 December 1984: 'Two Tribes (12 inch-Carnage Mix)' (ZTT) FF #25 (JP: 'I rather fear that 1985 may turn out to be the year when everybody pretends they never really liked Frankie Goes To Hollywood at all. I'm still with them, I must admit, although I wasn't too keen on the third single.')
- 13 May 1997: ‘Ferry Across The Mersey (12 inch – Relax )’ ZTT
- 22 May 1997 (BFBS): 'Ferry Cross The Mersey (12"-Relax)' (ZTT)
- 23 May 1997 (BFBS): 'Ferry Cross The Mersey (12"-Relax)' (ZTT)
Top Of The Pops
- 05 January 1984 (TOTP): Relax (#35 in the chart as of the date of broadcast)
- 12 July 1984 (TOTP): Two Tribes #01
- 09 August 1984 (TOTP): Two Tribes #01
- 03 January 1985 (TOTP): The Power Of Love #07
- 25 December 1985 (TOTP): Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (audience dancing / end credits)