FGTH Relax ZTAS1 front cover
FGTH Relax ZTAS1 back cover
FGTH Relax ZTAS1 label

Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’ 7″ single

Anne Yvonne Gilbert: My women are always in charge – I don’t think I’ve ever produced an image where they aren’t. When Holly needed an image in a hurry I showed him a few of the Men Only pieces which I had handy and he chose that one because it was more fun I suppose. I don’t think either of us saw it as relaxing.”

Where would Holly have seen this first? In your studio or portfolio (I’m presuming he wasn’t going out and buying Men Only?)
Anne Yvonne Gilbert: “He came round to the house to discuss it, we had a look through the plan-chest. We were renting in Kingston (upon-Thames, London) at the time – and no, I don’t think he would ever have found it otherwise.”

artist: Frankie Goes To Hollywood title: Relax format: 7″ single design: XLZTT photography: John Stoddart illustration: Anne Yvonne Gilbert cat. no: ZTAS 1 date: 31/10/83 art of notes: Both photographer John Stoddart and illustrator Anne Yvonne Gilbert were friends of the band before they signed to ZTT. The cover illustration was originally created for an article about breasts in Men Only magazine, June 1983. The two bodies image is at a completely different angle on the 12″ to the 7″. Many people questioned which was the correct way to display the sleeve(s) at the time as the original image has the man kneeling but, if you take it that all ZTT sleeves opened on the right hand side, then this is the correct orientation, back up by the reverse design when flipped over. Note the subtle re-wording of the lyrics on the 7″ sleeve compared to the 12″, ‘suck’ on the 7″ is replaced by ‘go’ on the 12″. The run out groove of the A side has “F.F ANYTIME WATER SPORTS” inscribed into it.

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