subtext songs, the radio was booming with plaints about heterosexual sex: Madonna living in a "Material World," Phil Collins begging for "One More Night," Tina Turner rasping about being a stripper. So I should have noticed that the lyrics to "Relax" could be construed as sexually suggestive -- after all, the song was banned in Britain for several months in 1984.
But my acceptance letter from the University of Southern California had just arrived, and I was eagerly planning my crosscountry move to West Hollywood. The group was named Frankie Goes to Hollywood, so:
Make making it (in Hollywood) your intention.
Live those dreams, scheme those schemes.
Relax, don't do it (play it cool, don't get over-excited)
When you want to go to it ( Hollywood).
I added "Relax" to my list of songs about finding a "good place."
So I changed my interpretation: relax, don't get excited, and you can overcome your aggressive impulses, tame the tiger within.
Or else it's an orgy, and the song is about heterosexual sex, like everything else on the radio in 1985.