Experimental psychologists at the University of Melbourne have just published a controversial paper in which they provide evidence for a counterintuitive claim.
While scientists previously assumed that the 12-inch extended version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” was a relaxing song, Ph.D. candidate Declan Dawson and his team may have proven them wrong.
“We brought 300 undergraduates into the lab and took their blood pressure before and after listening to ‘Relax’,” said Dawson.
“While we were expecting the song to relax them, it had the opposite effect, hyping these students up so much they could barely sit still. We were pretty shocked given the name of the song and all, but the stats don’t lie.”
Dawson claims he decided to use the 12-inch extended version because he thought it would be more relaxing. “The longer the song, the more time you’ve got to just chill out, take a deep breath, and really let Frankie’s laser beams wash all over you.”
But experimenting on human participants can be risky, and according to Dawson, he came close to endangering one student’s life.
“One subject started ‘Relax’ with a blood pressure of 120/80. He went into arrhythmia at the 4:39 minute mark when the chorus vocals reemerged after a lengthy instrumental breakdown. He probably would’ve died if it weren’t for the fact we were able to calm him down with a copy of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’ we had on hand from another experiment.”
Dawson plans to replicate the experiment with several other versions of “Relax”.
“Before we jump to any conclusions we really need to perform the same experiment with other mixes of ‘Relax’. We couldn’t call ourselves scientists if we didn’t include the Ollie J Mix, the Jam & Spoon Trip-O-Matic Fairy Tale Mix, and the infamous 16-minute long Sex Mix in our study.”