World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Rage Hard

Article Id: WHEBN0000011264
Reproduction Date:

Title: Rage Hard  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome (song), Liverpool (album), Rage Hard singles.jpg, Frankie Goes to Hollywood songs
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Rage Hard

"Rage Hard"
Single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
from the album Liverpool
A-side Rage Hard
Released 22 August 1986 (1986-08-22)
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 5:05
Label ZTT - ZTAS 22
Writer(s) Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singles chronology
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
"Rage Hard"
"Warriors of the Wasteland"

"Rage Hard" is the fifth single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was released in August 1986.


  • Background 1
  • B-sides 2
  • Tracklisting 3
    • 7": ZTT / ZTAS 22 United Kingdom 3.1
    • 7": ZTT / ZTAX 22 United Kingdom 3.2
    • 12": ZTT / 12 ZTAS 22 United Kingdom 3.3
    • 12": ZTT / 12 ZTAX 22 United Kingdom 3.4
    • CD: ZTT / CD ZCID 22 United Kingdom 3.5
    • 12": Island / DMD 987 United States 3.6
  • Chart performance 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Having topped the charts around the world with Welcome to the Pleasuredome and its accompanying singles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood took off to Amsterdam to record the follow-up album, Liverpool. Taking on a rockier edge, "Rage Hard" was the first single culled from the disc.

The single's title came from the Dylan Thomas poem "Do not go gentle into that good night".

Of note, "Rage Hard" was a testament to the changing musical landscape in Britain at the time. It was not only the first Frankie single to be featured on CD single, it was also the first single to not feature a cassette release - new rules limited the number items that could count toward the official charts, following the earlier ZTT excesses.

"Rage Hard" eventually hit Number 4 in the UK singles charts and Number 1 in Germany (for two weeks), #5 in Switzerland, #7 in the Netherlands, #12 in Austria, #19 in Sweden and #32 in France.


The b-sides to "Rage Hard" were, for the most part, straight forward cover songs. Firstly there was a cover of David Bowie's 1972 glam-rock classic "Suffragette City", slightly renamed to "SuffRAGEtte City" to fit in with the "Rage Hard" promotion. The second cover song was "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors which featured on the 2nd 12". A shorter version features on the CD single.

The original b-side is an odd composition entitled "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind". It was released in two versions, a 4-minute mix and a 6-minute mix and featured Holly Johnson & Brian (Nasher) Nash imitating Count von Count ("Ha ha ha/I am the Count") from the children's TV show 'Sesame Street'. This was complemented by sampled burps and belches over a backing track.

An excerpt from Rage Hard Freddy Basstone Mix.ogg

Problems playing this file? See .


7": ZTT / ZTAS 22 United Kingdom

"rage rage"

  1. "Rage Hard" (7" mix) - 5:05
  2. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 4:03
  • The standard release features all five coloured fists on the cover

7": ZTT / ZTAX 22 United Kingdom

  1. "Rage Hard" (stamped) - 4:55
  2. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 4:03
  • The dance mix of Rage Hard was an edit of the "Broad Mix" from the 2nd 12" (sleeve featured the Blue fist)
  • ZTAX7 came in a pop-up gatefold sleeve (with the Rage Hard fists being the pop-up) (sleeve featured the Orange fist) (ZTD22)
Full Rage Hard releases
(All discographical information pertains to UK releases only)

12": ZTT / 12 ZTAS 22 United Kingdom

"Slam Bam"

  1. "Rage Hard" - 12:08
  2. "[The B-side]" + "SuffRAGEtte City" (David Bowie) - 3:31
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" + "[The End]" -0:22
  • An edit (10:05) of this mix is also known as "Young Person's Guide To The 12-inch"
  • Track 1 also known as "Rage Hard (✚)"
  • This 12" was also released with a 12" x 24" poster (12 ZTAQ 22)
  • Also released on German CD (Island / 658 434)

12": ZTT / 12 ZTAX 22 United Kingdom

  1. "Rage Hard" (Broad Mix) - 8:36
  2. "Roadhouse Blues" (the full version) - 4:03
  3. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" ('suffer brother') - 6:15
  4. "['always note the sequencer...']" + "[The End]" -0:22
  • (sleeve featured the Yellow fist)
  • Note: 12ZTAX22 also came as a limited edition with a box designed to contain all the Rage Hard UK issues (box featured the Red fist)
  • "Broad Mix" also known as "Rage Hard (✚✚)"
  • Track 2 is labelled as "Broadhouse Blues" on the sleeve.

CD: ZTT / CD ZCID 22 United Kingdom

  1. "Rage Hard" (✚) (✚✚) ✪
  2. "['we have begun']" - 0:07
  3. "Rage Hard" (✚✚ edited) - 5:08
  4. "Rage Hard" (compacted) (First 7:27 Of ✚ / First 1:19 Of ✚✚ / Last 3:11 Of ✚) - 11:58
  5. "SuffRAGEtte City" - 3:31
  6. "(Don't Lose What's Left) Of Your Little Mind" (excerpt) - 0:18
  7. "Roadhouse Blues" (the short version) - 3:37
    • (sleeve featured the Purple fist)
    • (Compacted is a combined edit of the Young Persons Guide and Broad.)

    Tracks 3 and 1 was rereleased in 2012 on CD Sexmix Disk 1, Tracks 14 and 15.

    12": Island / DMD 987 United States

    1. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Vocal Remix) - 7:00
    2. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Remix Edit) - 4:03
    3. "Rage Hard" (Freddie Bastone Remix Dub) - 5:30
    • US Promo 12"

    Chart performance

    Chart (1986) Peak
    Australian Kent Music Report 45
    Austrian Singles Chart[1] 12
    Belgian Singles Chart 7
    Canadian Singles Chart[2] 82
    Dutch Singles Chart[3] 6
    French Singles Chart[4] 32
    German Singles Chart[5] 1
    Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
    Italian Singles Chart[7] 5
    New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 12
    Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 8
    Polish Singles Chart 9
    Swedish Singles Chart[10] 19
    Swiss Singles Chart[11] 5
    UK Singles Chart[12] 4
    U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[13] 42


    1. ^
    2. ^
    3. ^
    4. ^
    5. ^
    6. ^
    7. ^
    8. ^
    9. ^
    10. ^
    11. ^
    12. ^
    13. ^

    External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.