Happy Holidays! Since it’s the first year of my blog, and since it’s the last year for my Annual Holiday Show on my little 20-year-old 80s radio program, STUCK IN THE 80s (on WMPG community radio in Portland, Maine), I wanted to present to you THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, or, 31 of my favorite 80s holiday musical treats.
The song for Day 26 of THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS is a song I had intended on posting for you before Xmas, but after the terror attacks during the past couple of days in parts of the globe – notably a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany – this was on my mind: “The Power Of Love” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Written by four out of the five members of the Liverpool, England band, “The Power Of Love” was released in mid-November 1984 as the third single from their brilliant double-album debut, WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME.
Though the song itself has no reference to Christmas itself, the video for “The Power Of Love” depicts the birth of Christ, the single features a reproduction of the 16th Century painting of the Assumption of the Virgin, and, in the process, many folks (including yours truly) considered this to be a Christmas song.
It only took three weeks from its November 19, 1984 release for “The Power Of Love” to reach No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. It gave Frankie Goes To Hollywood their third consecutive No. 1 U.K. hit, following one of the most controversial songs ever (“Relax”) and a Cold War Classic (“Two Tribes”), and gave Frankie the distinction of being only the second act in U.K. singles chart history to reach No. 1 with their first three releases. The first act, by the way, was Gerry & The Peacemakers, also from Liverpool, and whom Frankie covered on WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME (with “Ferry Cross The Mersey”). Gerry & Co. did the feat in 1963.
“The Power Of Love” might have spent more than a week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart had it not been for the next song to reach No. 1- the charity record by Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” For nearly thirteen years, that single would become the biggest-selling U.K. single ever until “Candle In The Wind 1997” by Elton John.
Around the globe, “The Power Of Love” was a Top 10 hit in at least Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland, and was certified Gold in the U.K. and Italy. It was re-issued in 1993 and reached No. 10 in the U.K., and a 2000 remix reached No. 6.
Sometime after the song’s release, FGTH lead singer (and co-writer) Holly Johnson once said, “I always felt like The Power Of Love was the record that would save me in this life. There is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end.”
Dedicated to Berlin and beyond… #BerlinAndBeyond #ThePowerOfLove #LoveTrumpsHate