Three principal inch remixes of "Relax" were eventually created by producer Trevor Horn :. One of the reasons we did all the remixes was that the initial inch version of 'Relax' contained something called 'The Sex Mix', which was 16 minutes long and didn't even contain a song. It was really Holly Johnson just jamming, as well as a bunch of samples of the group jumping in the swimming pool and me sort of making disgusting noises by dropping stuff into buckets of water! It was only when I went to this club and heard the sort of things they were playing that I really understood about inch remixes.
Although I myself had already had a couple of big inch hits, I'd never heard them being played on a big sound system, and so I then went back and mixed 'Relax' again and that was the version which sold a couple of million over here [in the UK]. The original inch version of "Relax", labelled "Sex Mix", ran for over 16 minutes, and is broadly as described by Horn above.
The final inch mix, containing no elements from the foregoing versions, was designated the "New York Mix", and ran for approximately This was the most commonly available inch version of "Relax" during its worldwide chart success. Since virtually all of the UK "Relax" inch singles were labelled "Sex Mix", a method of differentiating between versions by reference to the record's matrix numbers necessarily became de rigueur for collectors of Frankie Goes to Hollywood releases and ultimately collectors of ZTT records in general.
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This is ostensibly a variant of the 7-inch single "Move" mix, but is different from that version. For example, the "7" mix fades in on a foghorn type sound while the album mix fades in on sustained synth chords. Also, the backing vocals of the 7" mix are panned to the left, whereas they are mixed in the centre on the album version.
Additionally, the 7" mix features a prominent reverberated kick drum sound during the introduction that also appears in other parts of the song, which is completely absent from the album mix. The album mix also has a certain post-production sheen greater stereo separation of parts, more strategic uses of reverb, etc.
The "Classic Version" is a version of the original 7" mix that uses "Bonus, Again" as the instrumental track, although modification with elements from "Come Fighting" thrown in e. The original airing of Relax on The Tube , before the band were signed to ZTT, featured another verse that was edited from all the released versions, "In heaven everything is fine, you've got yours and I've got mine", presumably removed as it was taken directly from the David Lynch film Eraserhead.
During the interview, Holly revealed that the group's name derived from a page of the New Yorker magazine, headlined "Frankie Goes Hollywood" and featuring Frank Sinatra "getting mobbed by teenyboppers ".
On all of the original inch releases, the B-side featured a cover of " Ferry 'Cross the Mersey ", followed by a brief dialogue involving Rutherford attempting to sign on , and an a cappella version of the title track's chorus, segueing into an instrumental version of "Relax", known as "Bonus, Again" which resembles "Come Fighting" more than the 7" mix. 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.
Body Double , a popular erotic thriller film, contains a film within a film sequence in which Frankie Goes to Hollywood performs Relax on the set of a porn film.
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