Gold Digger (Dolly Rockers song)

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"Gold Digger"
Single by The Dolly Rockers
B-side "Je Suis une Dolly"
Released 30 August 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, wonky pop
Length 3:04
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) August Darnell, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Steven Stanley, Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, John Pickering, David King, Brooke Challinor, Sophie King, Lucie Kay
Producer(s) Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler
The Dolly Rockers singles chronology
"Je Suis une Dolly"
"Gold Digger"
"Automatic Girl"

"Gold Digger" is the debut single by English girl group The Dolly Rockers. It was released digitally in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2009 and physically the day after. The track heavily borrows from Kid Creole and the Coconuts' 1982 song "Stool Pigeon" and Tom Tom Club's 1981 song "Wordy Rappinghood".


Nick Levine of Digital Spy referred to "Gold Digger" as "the pop equivalent of flicking through OK! and having a bitch about the Z-listers inside—and every bit as fun as that sounds."[1] Grant of the BBC Chart Blog called it a "very decent debut" and wrote that "[t]he 'wonky' pop sound gets you bopping from the off and the quirkyness of their style matches the eccentricity of the song." However, he criticised the track by stating that "fame hungry girls talking about other fame hungry girls is a touch hypocritical", while noting the lack of "a killer melody to match the killer dance/pop production".[2] ILikeMusic described the song as a "barn-storming and truly inspired collision of the Tom Tom Club's 'Wordyrappinghood' and Kid Creole's 'Stool Pigeon'", naming it "one of the greatest pop tunes of 2009" as well as "both a social diatribe and bangin' floor-filler."[3]

The single reached number forty-six on the UK Singles Chart, where it spent one week only.[4]

Music video[edit]

The unreleased original music video for "Gold Digger", directed by David Allain and produced by Sarah Tognazzi for Pulse Films, was shot in East London on 27 May 2009.[5][6] The video stars Christopher Goh as city boy,[7] Gavin Molloy as rock star,[8] Ben Baker as young boy,[9] Stephen Kelly as victim,[10] Mehran Armando as Antony[11] and various other actors as newspaper seller and victims of a gorgeous, sexy and glamorous gold digger.[6]

The released video for the song, directed by James Abadi through Fingertip Films and cinematographed by Hazel Palmer, was shot in the River Island shop on London's Oxford Street. It premiered on Parlophone's YouTube channel, the 2D version on 24 July 2009,[12] and the 3D version on 4 September 2009.[13]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Gold Digger" – 2:55
  2. "Gold Digger" (Bimbo Jones Remix) – 2:53
  • UK iTunes single[15]
  1. "Gold Digger" (Radio Edit) – 2:55
  2. "Je Suis une Dolly" – 2:53
  • UK promo CD single – Remixes[16]
  1. "Gold Digger" (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) – 6:24
  2. "Gold Digger" (Superbass Mix) – 6:52
  3. "Gold Digger" (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) – 2:52
  4. "Gold Digger" (Original Radio Edit) – 2:53


Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.[17]

  • David Bascombe – mixing
  • Nigel Butler – additional mixing, bass, guitar, producer
  • Andy Fallon – photography
  • Ray Hedges – additional mixing, producer
  • A. Rowland – mixing assistant
  • Traffic – design


Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles Chart[4] 46

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 30 August 2009[15] Parlophone Digital download
31 August 2009[14] CD single


  1. ^ Levine, Nick (24 August 2009). "Dolly Rockers: 'Gold Digger'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Grant (25 August 2009). "Dolly Rockers – 'Gold Digger'". BBC Chart Blog. BBC Online. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dolly Rockers – Gold Digger". ILikeMusic. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "DOLLY ROCKERS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dolly Rockers enrage celebs". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Dolly Rockers music video "Gold digger"". StarNow. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Christopher Goh, City Boy". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gavin Molloy, Rock Star". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ben Baker, Young Boy (Featured)". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Stephen Kelly, Victim". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mehran Armando, Antony". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Dolly Rockers (24 July 2009). "here at last is our new video!". Myspace. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Dolly Rockers – Gold Digger (3D)". YouTube. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Gold Digger". Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Gold Digger – Single by Dolly Rockers". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Gold Digger (UK CD single liner notes). Dolly Rockers. Parlophone. 2009. CDR6775. 
  17. ^ Gold Digger (Remixes) (UK promo CD single liner notes). Dolly Rockers. Parlophone. 2009.