Gold (Spandau Ballet song)

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"Gold"
Single by Spandau Ballet
from the album True
Released August 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave, blue-eyed soul
Length 7:12 (Extended Version)
4:51 (Album Version)
3:51 (Single Version)
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Gary Kemp
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Spandau Ballet singles chronology
"True"
(1983)
"Gold"
(1983)
"Pleasure"
(1983)

"Gold" is a 1983 single by the British band Spandau Ballet from their third album True.

The song is Spandau Ballet's second best-charting single behind their previous release "True",[1] reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart (being held off the top by KC and the Sunshine Band's "Give It Up"), and #29 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The music video was directed by Brian Duffy and filmed on location in Carmona, Spain. The video featured Sadie Frost as a gold-painted nymph in one of her earlier roles.[2]

Legacy[edit]

Gold was re-recorded in a semi-acoustic, unplugged-like style for Spandau Ballet's 2009 album Once More.

The song has featured in various shows and films. As part of the UK radio station Absolute Radio's celebrations for the 2012 Summer Olympics the network's breakfast show host Christian O'Connell pledged to play the song for every gold medal won by Team GB. Tony Hadley was also invited onto the programme for a live performance of Gold.[3]

Vocalist Tony Hadley has said of the song: "Gold is the song which even today's kids enjoy singing along to in student bars up and down the country, and is one of main reasons I get so many corporate shows. It's requested all the time at awards shows."[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "Gold" – 3:54
  2. "Gold (Instrumental)" – 2:40

12" version[edit]

  1. "Gold (Extended Version)" – 7:12
  2. "Foundation (Live)" – 3:54

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983-84/2012) Position [5][6]
Netherlands Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 4
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 29
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[8] 8
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004), The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Girl on Film (2010-03-21). "Images of Heaven: GOLD by Spandau Ballet (1983)". Imagesofheaven.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Absolute Radio to play Gold over & over". Radio Today. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Webber, Richard (24 July 2011). "Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley: 'I earn more today than in the Eighties'". Telegraph Online (London). Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Chart Positions - Allmusic.com
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Chart Positions". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/chartbeat/474009/chart-highlights-keha-climbs-to-no-1-on-pop-songs

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