Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Two Tribes” (1984)


Two Tribes was a best-selling single for British dance/new wave band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Released in 1984, the song had driving rhythms and chaotic lyrics – however its music video depicted the Cold War as a wrestling match between Soviet leader Chernenko and US president Ronald Reagan:

Lyrics

When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score
When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score

Cowboy number one, a born again poor man’s son
On the air America, I modelled shirts by Van Heusen
Workin’ for the black gas, yeah

You know
When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score
When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score
Workin’ for the black gas

Switch off your shield, switch off and feel
I’m workin’ on lovin’ yeah

Giving you back the good times
Ship it out, out
I’m workin’ for the black gas

When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score
When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score

We got two tribes
We got the bomb, we got the bomb, yeah
Sock it to me biscuits now

Are we livin’ in a land
Where sex and horror are the new gods? Yeah

When two tribes go to war – a point is all you can score