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Frankie says Relax again.

Byline: STEPHANIE O'CONNOR

FRANKIE Goes To Hollywood's controversial chart-topper Relax will be honoured at a music industry awards ceremony.

The Liverpool band's 1980s hit was largely barred from radio airwaves because of its sexual lyrics - but went on to stay at number one for five weeks.

Yesterday, music magazine Q announced it will be honouring Relax as a "classic song" at this year's Q Awards on Monday.

Paul Rees, editor-in-chief of Q, said: "Determining what constitutes a classic song is tricky beast, but staying power and instant recognition are not bad yardsticks. Relax more than ticks both boxes - more than a quarter of a century on, it is undimmed and unforgettable.

" That it also defined its era is equally inarguable.

"As such, we are delighted to give it the recognition it deserves."

Frankie Goes To Hollywood were invited to record the video for Relax at Liverpool's State Ballroom by Channel Four TV show The Tube in February 1983.

The famously explicit video showed smartly-dressed singer Holly Johnson being greeted at a gay bar by a leather-clad man, a topless woman and a man dressed as a schoolboy licking a banana.

After reaching the top 40, the track became infamous when then-Radio 1 breakfast show host Mike Read refus sed to continue playing it.

Relax subsequently rocketed to number one for five weeks.

It ended up as the second best-selling single of 1984, behind Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? Johnson, who famously left the band in 1987 following massive disagreements within Frankie, said: "Relax would be in my personal favourite top 10 records, but then all my records would."

Relax eventually sold a reported 1.91m copies in the UK alone.

The original 12-inch release featured a cover of Ferry 'Cross the Mersey and an a cappella version of the title track's chorus.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood also topped the charts with Two Tribes and The Power Of Love.

The Q Awards 2009 take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London, on Monday.

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