Friday, 5 May 2017
673 Tube Special
First viewed : 22 June 1984
Jill Sinclair used her clout once more to get Channel 4 to cover the unveiling of the video for Frankie Goes To Hollywood's new event single Two Tribes as a Tube Special at midnight. The video, directed by Godley & Creme, centred on a brawl between supposed lookalikes of the geriatric leaders of the two super-powers thus giving a strange immortality to the otherwise completely forgotten last representative of the old Soviet guard, Konstantin Chernenko. It was moderately entertaining but , like the record it was promoting, hardly worth all the hype. Ironically, the song itself was actually inspired by the film Mad Max 2 and the Cold War re-interpretation was entirely the work of Paul Morley.
For good measure, the programme also broadcast the unexpurgated video for Relax and I recall a house mate called John Tuck pointing out the suggestion of bestiality with the tiger which would otherwise have escaped me.