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06/03/2001 Entry: "Frankie"

Lou and I were driving home on Friday night when we happened to hear Frankie Goes to Hollywood singing "Relax" on a local station's Friday Night 80's show. Anyway, what this song reminded me of more than anything else was the shirt my friend Mike used to have. If you are old enough to remember the time, there were Frankie-inspired shirts everywhere with "Frankie Say Relax" in bold sans serif black type on white t-shirts. Mike had one that imitated the style but said "Who Gives a Fuck What Frankie Say" instead. Amazingly, this shirt generated some pretty strong reactions from people who seemed personally offended by it. Hard to imagine on the streets of Berkeley in the early 80's, but true.