Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ As You’ve Never Heard It Before.
Above Photo: Trevor Horn, formerly of….
I liked (and still like) the original studio version of Two Tribes, once I’ve fast forwarded through the first 45 seconds at the start of it. It’s a powerfully constructed song and I’ve added a You Tube link to it at the end of this article.
I recently came across another version of the song by The Producers, a ‘Supergroup’ made up of world class music producers and musicians in their own right including Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Lol Crème and Ash Soan. Horn and Lipson also produced and engineered the studio version of Two tribes back in 1984.
Horn, sometimes called ‘The man who invented the Eighties’ was also the front man for the Buggles (who can forget ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’?), and the below clip is of The Producers playing Two Tribes in a very stripped back state (fortunately I’m referring to the song, not them), and without a vocal, like they’re playing it in someone’s front room, but I still like it.
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I also came across this amateur video, which I really like, of a reformed Frankie (minus Holly) rehearsing Two Tribes in 2004 or 2005. What I love about this version is the excitement, raw energy and power of the rehearsal and the evident joy of the band playing live.
And finally, the original: