Golden Skans

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"Golden Skans"
Single by Klaxons
from the album Myths of the Near Future
Released 22 January 2007 (UK)
Format Vinyl record (7" & 12"), CD
Recorded 2006
Genre New rave
Length 2:45
Label Rinse (Polydor), Ed Banger
Writer(s) James Righton / Jamie Reynolds
Klaxons singles chronology
"Magick"
(2006)
"Golden Skans"
(2007)
"Gravity's Rainbow"
(2007)

"Golden Skans" is a song released by London band Klaxons on 22 January 2007. It reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart on download sales on 14 January (two weeks before the release of the CD) and climbed to #14 the next week, eventually reaching #7 after the CD release. It is taken from their first album Myths of the Near Future, which was released on 29 January 2007.

The track was also released on French label Ed Banger Records, as a French exclusive remix EP.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Golden Skans" at number 40 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 97 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

The song has been covered on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on different occasions by both Mark Ronson and the Kaiser Chiefs.

An instrumental remix of the song has featured in the background of television trails for Brothers & Sisters on Channel 4, for BBC shows The Restaurant and Waterloo Road, and for ITV's Emmerdale, all in 2007.

According to a radio interview with the Klaxons, the name "Golden Skans" is derived from a performance luminaire, the "Golden Scan" manufactured by Clay Paky.[2]

In December 2007, NME voted "Golden Skans" as the best NME single of the year in 2007; furthermore their debut album was the NME album of the year.

The song is featured on the soundtrack of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.[3]

The song has been used on an ad for Garnier Fructis.

In 2010, the Portuguese band Clã made a cover for a national radio station, Antena 3. The name of the show is called "3 Pistas" (3 Tracks). Since then, they released a videoclip for the song.

In 2012, the song was used for the TV advertisement of Slovakia's 15th anniversary of Orange mobile network operator.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Saam Faramand, is heavily influenced by "Can You Feel It" by The Jacksons. It features a message at the beginning very similar to the words spoken by the narrator in the "Can You Feel It" video. It also features other elements from the Jacksons' video including an inventive and contemporary use of light and dark with all three band members wearing different coloured ribbons, and moving dramatically to the music.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD 1 RINSE002CD
    1. "Golden Skans"
    2. "Golden Skans (Erol Alkan's Ekstra Spektral Edit)"
  • CD 2 1720646CD
    1. "Golden Skans"
    2. "Hall Of Records"
    3. "Golden Skans (Erol Alkans Remix)"
    4. "Magick (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)"
  • 7" 1 RINSE002S
    1. "Golden Skans" [Live in Manchester]
    2. "The Bouncer" [Live in Manchester]
  • 7" 2 RINSE002SX
    1. "Golden Skans"
    2. "Atlantis to Interzone" [Live in Manchester]
  • 12" RINSE002T (Released 29 January 2007)
    1. "Golden Skans (Erol Alkan's Ekstra Spektral Edit)" - There is a mistake on the label which says this vinyl should be played at 45rpm when it's actually 33 1/3rpm
  • 12" BEC5772075 (Released February 2007)
    1. "Golden Skans (SebastiAn Remix)"
    2. "Golden Skans (Surkin Remix)"
    3. "Golden Skans (Erol's Ekstra Spektral Remix)"

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