80s Frankie Goes to Hollywood Ronald Reagan t-shirt Medium
Chest 19 in.
Length 28 in.
Content: 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Fruit of the Loom
This amazing 80s band t-shirt is for the British synth-pop group Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the shirt showcases a photo of former US President Ronald Reagan with a hole through his skull and the words "only Frankie can stop me now". The shirt is designed to reference, one of the band's most notorious songs, "Two Tribes", an anti-war tune that paired a catchy pounding bassline with a message critiquing nuclear warfare.
This controversial t-shirt design was perfectly in line with the band's penchant for stirring up trouble for conservatives, as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, had previously achieved a smash hit with their debut single "Relax". The song was banned from British radio by the BBC, after the broadcasting corporation realized the sexual connotations of the song. Further opposition to the song was stirred up thanks to its music video, set in a gay S&M parlor, and also the open homosexuality of band members Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford. Ironically the BBC's attempt at censorship only heightened the popularity of the song, and in support of the band, fans began wearing tees that read "Frankie Says Relax".
This "Two Tribes" t-shirt was met with much of the same outrage that was caused by "Relax", and just like the previous single, the song became a number one hit on the UK charts. Its anti-war message was fairly obvious and the track even featured the sounds of sirens and the voice of Patrick Allen, who had recorded the British Government's actual nuclear warning ads. The music video also starred two lookalikes designed to represent Cold War leaders Reagan and Konstantin Chernenko. In the video, the pair are seen wrestling while other world leaders cheer them on.
"Two Tribes" was the perfect follow up to "Relax", both songs had controversial messages that got people talking, and they allowed Frankie Goes to Hollywood to be the first band to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the UK charts since the 1960s. This tee is just one of several designs that was marketed to promote the song. Other shirts included slogans like "Frankie says war! Hide yourself" and "Frankie says relax don't do it!"
The tag says large but this shirt fits like a modern unisex adult medium. There is a small repair on the front, see pics.