Roger Taylor's favourite 80's song was the controversial gay club anthem song RELAX by Frankie goes to Hollywood, the Queen star revealed to Sarah Cox on the new radio 2 programme sound of the eighties , which aired last saturday night.
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Just a thought here: maybe Roger was joking. He occasionally gets confused with the Roger Taylor from Duran Duran, and Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood hated each other's guts ("Frankie Goes to Hollywood are coming ... making Duran Duran lick the shit off their shoes").
Well I listened to that interview and decided to listen to the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song again. I wasn't too keen on it back in the day. Listening now I think it's got something, maybe as a drummer Roger thinks it's interesting....it's production, etc.
Either way I posted to make the point that back then no one really made the distinction about it being a 'gay' song or straight. It was heard everywhere and was talked about by everyone, partly I think because it then got banned. I remember going out with my dad shopping for a disco I was going to, 14 years old and I chose a luminous pink top with RELAX written across the front. (give me some slack I was 14, lol). It was acknowledged by everyone, not just the gay community.
I didn't like the 80's much....I vaguely remember Roger saying similar. He also said he felt the song summed up those times. Whether or not he liked it to me is irrelevant, I think you can like a song because you really like it, or you can like it because you can see that artistically it's a good representation of a point in time.
I think it's a superb track. I don't think it had much to do with FGTH, it's all in the production by Trevor Horn.
They probably had an idea that was completely re-worked and recorded by Horn. Then got Holly to do a vocal when it was finished.
Much like most of today's chart "artists".