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Some Questions Answered By Holly
01. Jan 2011 at 20:24
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Holly has very kindly responded to some questions I asked regarding his solo career. A small bunch of questions which not many people would have known otherwise.

Picking just one track from each, what would be your favourite tracks from each of your three solo albums?

The rather obscure "Love Will Come"  and "Heaven's Here" are favourites of mine from Blast. Penny Arcade or The Great Love Story from Dreams That Money Can't Buy. Definitely Soulstreams my favourite track from Soulstream (although The Power Of Love is probably more popular)

Most of your post-frankie solo singles have promotional videos for them except The People Want To Dance and Hallelujah! - the latter being your first single in years so that is understandable but why didn't The People Want To Dance have a video?

People Want To Dance didn't have a video mainly because I was no longer signed to MCA when the album and the single were released in 1991. They allocated no marketing budget to the album after the singles Where Has Love Gone and Across The Universe were released at the end of 1990.

Hallelujah from Soulstream was released as a promo only, it was a test , to try and learn  how to release something on my own label

What was directing Disco Heaven like for you?

I loved it but it was exhausting, after producing the record, I was trying to promote it, release it, direct the video, it was all a bit too much for one person

With 1999's Soulstream, how long did that take to complete, not being under the pressure of a major label?

Well about ten years actually, There were major interruptions though, For example, I wrote an autobiography, made a lot of paintings and had long periods of ill health during that time.
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Where did all the three album titles come from?

All from rather obscure Art movements, Blast from The Vorticists , Dreams That Money Can't Buy was inspired by the surrealist film Dreams That Money Can't Buy
and Soulstream was a reference or quote from a film about the poetess , played by Glenda Jackson I think.

How did you come to work with Dan Hartman and Nick Bagnall?

Through a man at MCA records who's name I blotted out of my memory

How did you come to work with Ryuichi Sakamoto on Love & Hate?

That came about through Bob Johnson, the first manager of Frankie Goes To Hollywood Roddy Frame who Bob Managed was a friend of Ryuichi.

How did Kirsty MacColl come to work on Boyfriend '65'?

Oh I had wanted to do the song as a duet with her as far back as 1984, But Island Records and then MCA wouldn't
allow it for some reason, so I asked her to do it as a BV when I finally got round to recording it properly.

How did the track Natural come along which appeared on some Japanese editions of Americanos?

That came via MCA who wanted to expose me to a wider public in Japan, and promote the BLAST album
Natural,  was actually a soundtrack for a TV advert for Mitsubishi Corporation

What would you regard as your finest moment in terms of your solo career?

Well I guess Blast debuting at Number 1 in the UK Chart was a big deal at the time. Although that's one of those things that is out of your control ,  there have been a few moments that I remember fondly, performing Legendary Children with Helen Terry at my first Gay Pride event in London, Singing The Power Of Love live on Later, (Jools Holland's BBC TV Show ) and Performing Ferry Across The Mersey with the Lightening Seeds at Anfield Football ground,  and earlier singing on a version of that song with Paul McCartney , Gerry Marsden and The Christian for the Hillsborough Justice Fund and the relatives of those who died in that sad event.
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Were there any album tracks that you would have liked as a single release too?

Penny Arcade, there could have been some really good remixes done for that.

Did you play any instruments on any solo release?

Well I did a some Keyboard playing and rhythm programming on all of my solo records as well as the odd bit of  guitar playing, like on Boyfriend 65 from DTMCB and "Hope" and The Power Of Love from Soulstream.


Again a big thank you to Holly for his time.
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Nice
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well done, very nice
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Reply #5 - 02. Jan 2011 at 01:51
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A very nice read indeed .... thanks for that Smiley
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That's a great read AJ - thanks! Smiley
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fascinating read! good work mate  Cool
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No worries everyone  Smiley
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Reply #10 - 05. Jan 2011 at 22:43
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Great Stuff.  Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #12 - 07. Jan 2011 at 00:25
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I love Heaven's Here as well...a real high point from Blast
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