I mentioned Frankie goes to Hollywood earlier, along with record producer Trevor Horn. The record breaking debut album of the band was the first to be published by the independent label ZTT, founded by Trevor Horn and two partners. One of these, the journalist Paul Morley was responsible for the controversial art work, featuring an animal orgy and a row of animals entering the head of a large penis. The printing company at one point refused to print it.
The album was an enormous commercial success. I remember in 1984 it was everywhere. The whole year round there were hits coming from this album. Back then I never heard about this, but there was a bit of a scandal about the album. It turned out that most of the songs were not really performed by the band: during production their instrumental parts were replaced by session musicians or Horn himself. The sad thing of course is that the band’s revenge album Liverpool was not nearly as good.