Holly Johnson. On BBC Radio on Sunday Morning. Times have changed.

It was about 30 years ago when I first heard “Relax” come blaring out of the speakers in my high school cafeteria as the “closed circuit radio station” dared to play it. At the time it was just an aural assault to me. Knowing nothing about the band or even the lyrical content of the song, it was just a smashing, overwhelming melding of electronic noise, desperately emotive vocals and a heavy rock ‘n’ roll band.

The next Saturday, I hopped a train and got to the closest city where I could buy the record. At the time all that was available was an import 12″ single that cost me two week’s allowance. But I got it home and played it on continuous repeat for about a month. Soon after, Boy George mentioned in an interview that both Holly and Paul were gay. I was even more excited.

Within a month, their second single “Two Tribes” was getting played on the video shows and again I trucked it up to Moncton to get the 7″ single. Again… played it to death. Not long after, more 12″ singles of both songs were available.. I got them all.. a third single followed along with a video that was just a reenactment of the Christmas story.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood managed to be everything controversial… sex, love, politics, religion, violence, homosexuality and commercialism.

They burned out hot and fast but their fan base has never stopped loving them. Occasional rumors of a reunion have never materialized… but I do hold out hope.

Holly, however, is back. Looking and sounding great.

His new album Europa will be out soon.. preorder it on vinyl now.

Fave Song of the Day – I Won’t Let You Go by Snow Patrol

From the Divergent Soundtrack. For a medium-budget film adaptation of a dystopian YA novel, it’s surprisingly entertaining.

I did like the book series a lot and while they left out a few of the key parts of the book I thought were important… I thought they did a good job of putting it on screen. Looking forward to part 2.

And yes… it’s on vinyl.

This is apparently the “Most Relaxing Song Every Recorded” according to scientists.

For women, anyway.

A team from Mindlab International hired by Radox Spa conducted experiments with music, intentionally frustrating women with puzzles and then playing them music and testing stress indicators found that Weightless by Marconi Union reduced overall anxiety by 65% and brought them to a level 35%lower than their usual resting rates. Using intentionally sparse spaces between notes with none retesting, the brain stops trying to predict what’s next and the 8-minute length allows a 5-minute come-down period followed by three minutes of maximum relaxation.

Crazy as it sounds, it works. Go figure.

I highly recommend listening to this with headphones in the evening before going to bed.

You can find it on Just Music Cafe: Ambeint Zone 4.

The top ten relaxing songs, according to this study, are:

1. Marconi Union – Weightless
2. Airstream – Electra
3. DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya – Watermark
5. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7. All Saints – Pure Shores
8. Adelev Someone Like You
9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria
10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

Gay Porn Star Matrix

This is what happens when you shoot video of gay porn stars choreographing fight moves and then hand the tapes to a video editor with a warped sense of humor. This is from the 2006 Titanmen movie Spy Quest 2 that starred the handsome Spencer Quest. There’s a totally X-rated version of this over at Mancast.

This new Peter Murphy album is possibly his best ever…

Seriously… I’m sitting here with the album spinning on my turn table and I’m in awe.

Peter Murphy’s new album is called Lion and it’s everything you’d expect from the Godfather of everyone who wears black. Dark, lush, haunting, beautiful, emotional and still clean and clear. Perfect.

(and since many of you asked, THIS IS THE TURNTABLE YOU SHOULD BUY)