Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs

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Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs
The Beautiful South - Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs.jpg
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released 25 October 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:41
Label Sony International
Producer Paul Heaton, Jon Kelly
The Beautiful South chronology
Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs is the ninth and penultimate album by The Beautiful South, released in 2004. It is almost entirely a covers album, with one notable exception. The track "This Old Skin" was originally claimed to have been written by Bobby Christiansand/Barry Klein, and to have been originally performed by an obscure band called "The Heppelbaums" in the 1970s, but it was later revealed to have been an original composition by the usual Beautiful South writing team, Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray. This was confirmed in 2006 by frontman Paul Heaton during a Question and Answer session entitled "Ask the Band".[2] Prior to that, a website for The Heppelbaums had been created, in which many more clues to the real identity of the band were revealed. The domain was created on 5 August 2004 and registered to Sony, the band's record label. Although the website no longer exists, the contents can still be found on Archived 7 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

"Livin' Thing", "This Old Skin", and "This Will Be Our Year" were all released as singles.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You're The One That I Want" (originally recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
  2. "Livin' Thing" (Electric Light Orchestra)
  3. "This Will Be Our Year" (The Zombies)
  4. "Ciao!" (Lush)
  5. "Valentine" (Willie Nelson)
  6. "Don't Fear the Reaper" (Blue Öyster Cult)
  7. "This Old Skin" (an original Beautiful South song)
  8. "Don't Stop Moving" (S Club 7)
  9. "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" (Ben E. King)
  10. "Rebel Prince" (Rufus Wainwright)
  11. "Blitzkrieg Bop" (The Ramones)
  12. "I'm Stone In Love With You" (The Stylistics)


The Beautiful South
Additional instrumentation
  • Damon Butcher - keyboards
  • Gary Hammond - percussion
  • Chip Taylor - guest vocal ("This Old Skin")
  • Danny Thompson - double bass ("Livin' Thing")
  • Martin Ditcham - additional percussion
  • Jay Reynolds - programming ("I'm Stone in Love With You")
  • Simon Hale - strings arranger
  • The London Session Orchestra - strings

CD Single/ECD B-Sides[edit]

As what was their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful South included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from the album. All are cover versions in keeping with the album's theme.[3]

from the "Livin' Thing" CD1

from the "Livin' Thing" CD2

from the "This Old Skin" CD1

from the "This Old Skin" ECD2 "This Old Skin" (The Hepplebaums) (The Hepplebaums)

from the "This Will Be Our Year" CD1

from "This Will Be Our Year" ECD2


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (23 November 2004). "Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs - The Beautiful South | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ Archived 17 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ King, David. "Compiler". Retrieved 15 November 2014.