Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY: BANNED EDITION!! Every so often, a company (or higher-ups) get their panties tied in a knot and decide that banning something is the answer. To those companies/people I say… RELAX!!!! Here’s the banned music video to “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 24, 1983
TRIVIA: The first official video for “Relax”, directed by Bernard Rose and set in a S&M themed gay nightclub, featuring the bandmembers accosted by buff leathermen, a glamorous drag queen, and an obese admirer dressed up as a Roman emperor, was allegedly banned by MTV and the BBC, prompting the recording of a second video, directed by Godley and Creme in early 1984, featuring the group performing with the help of laser beams. However, after the second video was made the song was banned completely by the BBC, meaning that neither video was ever broadcast on any BBC music programmes.
BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the second video that most of us are familiar with.
See you next Tuesday!