Holly Johnson

Blast

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Following the abrupt creative and popular burnout of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson chased a solo career, playing up his old band's floodlight camp for a more direct, commercial sound. Well received for an offshoot, Blast had all the trappings of a self-possessed number one, and for good reason -- there were few crass ballads to speak of other than the sullen glam of "Feel Good," while Johnson continued to have a field day with disco, synth rock, bubblegum, new wave, and carnival pop. Like it or not, if longtime fans felt that Johnson's personality lost a bit of its color, especially its rudeness, Blast demonstrated his skills for larger-than-life hooks and insatiable brass-buffered electro cabaret had hardly diminished.

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