It is tempting to think of the pop life of William ‘Holly’ Johnson as divisible by a series of pointed before and after’s… before and after Relax… B&A Pleasuredome… B&A Frankie… B&A Blast… B&A illness… B&A a court case… B&A biography. The timeline has added up to maximise the whole; a series of theatrical operations that collude to build the bigger picture at the heart of the artist. Or ‘The Bigger Bang’, as might once been posited.
There’s an arc to most pop careers, and it goes from innocence to experience. Generally the longer you’re in the game, the more introspective and lachrymose your music becomes. It takes some character to stay in love with a soaring tune, with an uplifting dance beat, with an epic idea, with love itself. To stay young.