Fools Gold/What the World Is Waiting For

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""Fools Gold"/"What the World Is Waiting For""
Single by The Stone Roses
from the album The Stone Roses (US Version) & Turns into Stone
Released 13 November 1989
Format CD, cassette, 7" and 12" vinyl record
Recorded 1989
Genre Madchester[1]
Length 4:15 (radio edit)
9:53 (12" version)
Label Silvertone
Writer(s) Ian Brown, John Squire
Producer(s) John Leckie
Certification Silver (BPI)[2]
The Stone Roses singles chronology
"She Bangs the Drums"
(1989)
"Fools Gold"/"What the World Is Waiting For"
(1989)
"One Love"
(1990)

"Fools Gold"/"What the World Is Waiting For" is a non-album double A-side by The Stone Roses. It was released in the UK, the US, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Spain. "Fools Gold" and "What the World Is Waiting For" are also available on the compilation Turns Into Stone. "Fools Gold" is also available as the final track on the US release of their eponymously titled debut album, as well as the Very Best of The Stone Roses compilation.

"Fools Gold" became the band's biggest commercial hit at the time. It was their first single to reach the top ten of the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the Top 75 for fourteen weeks, peaking at number eight.[3]

Recording[edit]

"Fools Gold" and "What the World Is Waiting For" were recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, with additional vocal and guitar parts recorded later at London's Battery Studios, during the autumn of 1989. The tracks had been worked on for four months, and the intention was to put "What the World Is Waiting For" as the A side; however, when Roddy Mckenna, Silvertone's A&R man, heard "Fools Gold" he urged the band to use that as the A-side. The band were not completely convinced, and it was agreed, instead, to release the two tracks as a double A-side.[4]

The dance-oriented song showcased the rhythm section of Mani on bass and Reni on percussion. Ian Brown stated the song was written over "The Funky Drummer" by James Brown, which Reni had to learn the beat from.[5]

John Squire also plays guitar with various wah-wah pedal effects. Ian Brown sings the vocals in a whispered delivery. He would also perform with this technique for the track "Something's Burning". The bassline was inspired by "Know How" by Young MC, which is a sample from the Shaft theme song, performed by Isaac Hayes. The lyrics reference Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and Marquis de Sade. Singer Ian Brown said The verses were inspired by [1948 (Humphrey Bogart) film] The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre film adaptation. In the film the friends go up a mountain looking for gold. But as they go on, they start turning on one another.

Release[edit]

The single was released in 1989 and entered the UK top ten. It was promoted with a music video, showing The Stone Roses performing outdoors and walking across the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The cover art was a painting by John Squire, "Double Dorsal Dopplegänger",[6] which was later exhibited at Squire's 2004 art exhibition.

The band's appearance on the same November Top of the Pops as the Happy Mondays, who performed "Hallelujah" from the Madchester Rave on E.P.,[7] is regarded as a "cultural high-water mark", exposing the emerging Madchester scene to a wider audience, and popularizing a new dance-oriented music genre, baggy.[8]

Reception[edit]

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Fools Gold" at number 32 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

In 2009, listeners of the Australian radio station Triple J voted "Fool's Gold" #76 in the Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time.

Use as a sample[edit]

  • Run–D.M.C. sampled the bassline and drum beat of "Fools Gold" for their hit "What's It All About?" in 1990. Ian Brown eventually met Reverend Run in 1999 and in an interview with Q magazine, Ian recalled their meeting: "I met Reverend Run and said to him 'You may not know me but you sampled us years ago' and then he did the riff from Fools Gold! Surreal!"
  • "Fools Gold" was "mashed-up" with "If Your Girl Only Knew" by Aaliyah for the bootleg "If Only Your Girlfriend Was Stoned".

Grooverider's Mix[edit]

In 1999, drum and bass DJ Grooverider remixed the song for the 1999 re-release remix CD. The remix peaked at #25 on the UK Singles Chart, and has often been described as one of the best of the many remixes of songs by The Stone Roses. It has also been featured on many chillout CDs.

Use in film and video games[edit]

Track listing[edit]

UK release 1989[edit]

7" [Silvertone ORE 13]
  1. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
12" [Silvertone ORE T 13]
  1. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
CS [Silvertone ORE C 13]
CD [Silvertone ORE CD 13]
  1. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
  3. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15

US release 1990[edit]

12" (gold vinyl) [Silvertone 1315-1-JD]
CS [Silvertone 1315-4-JS]
CD [Silvertone 1315-2-JD]
  1. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
  3. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15

UK re-release 1992[edit]

12" [Silvertone ORE T 13]
  1. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
CS [Silvertone ORE C 13]
CD1 [Silvertone ORE CD 13]
  1. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55
  3. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15
CD2 [Silvertone ORE CD Z 13]
  1. "Fools Gold" (The Top Won Mix!) – 10:03
  2. "Fools Gold" (The Bottom Won Mix!) – 7:00

Fools Gold '95[edit]

12" [Silvertone ORE T 71]
  1. "Fools Gold" (The Tall Paul Remix) – 7:21
  2. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  3. "Fools Gold" (Cricklewood Ballroom Mix) – 4:16
CS [Silvertone ORE C 71]
  1. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15
  2. "Fools Gold" (The Tall Paul Remix) – 7:21
CD [Silvertone ORE CD 71]
  1. "Fools Gold 4.15" – 4:15
  2. "Fools Gold 9.53" – 9:53
  3. "Fools Gold" (The Tall Paul Remix) – 7:21
  4. "Fools Gold" (Cricklewood Ballroom Mix) – 4:16

Fools Gold (1999 remixes)[edit]

12" [Jive Electro 01241-42579-1] (US release)
  1. "Fools Gold" (Grooverider's Mix) – 6:37
  2. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Straight Beat Pyrite Dub) – 7:35
  3. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Message to the Majors – Extended) – 9:42
12" [Jive Electro 0523092] (UK release)
  1. "Fools Gold" (Grooverider's Mix) – 6:36
  2. "She Bangs the Drums" (Kiss My Arse Mix) – 4:02
  3. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Message to the Majors) – 8:24
CD [Jive Electro 0523092] (UK release)
  1. "Fools Gold" (Grooverider's Mix – Edit) – 4:30
  2. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Message to the Majors) – 8:24
  3. "She Bangs the Drums" (Kiss My Arse Mix) – 4:02
CD [Jive Electro 0523362] (European release)
  1. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Message to the Majors – Edit) – 4:43
  2. "Fools Gold" (Grooverider's Mix – Edit) – 4:30
  3. "Fools Gold" (Rabbit in the Moon's Message To the Majors) – 8:24
  4. "She Bangs the Drums" (Kiss My Arse Mix) – 4:02

Fools Gold (2009 remaster)[edit]

7" [Silvertone 88697535907]
CD [Silvertone 886975631124]
  1. "Fools Gold" – 4:15
  2. "What the World Is Waiting For" – 3:55

Charts[edit]

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