Solid Gold (album)

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This article is about the punk album. For the pop album, see Solid Gold (Nikki Yanofsky album).
Solid Gold
Studio album by Gang of Four
Released March 1981
Recorded 1980
Genre Post-punk, dance-punk
Length 38:43
Label EMI/Warner Bros.
Producer Jimmy Douglass, Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Andrew Gill, Jon King
Gang of Four chronology
Solid Gold
Songs of the Free
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC unfavourable[2]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[3]
Rolling Stone favourable[4]
Trouser Press favourable[5]
Uncut 4/5 stars[6]

Solid Gold is the second album by the British post-punk band Gang of Four, released in 1981. Two of its tracks, "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time" and "He'd Send in the Army", are re-recordings of songs previously released as a single in the UK.

The album was issued in an CD expanded version by the EMI Records and Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings labels in 1995, which added the songs from Another Day/Another Dollar EP.

Pitchfork Media listed Solid Gold as 24th best album of the 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jon King, all music composed by Gang of Four, except as indicated.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Paralysed" (Andy Gill, King) 3:22
2. "What We All Want"   4:59
3. "Why Theory?" (Lyrics: Gill/King) 2:33
4. "If I Could Keep It for Myself"   4:09
5. "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time"   3:19
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Cheeseburger" (Lyrics: Gill/King) 4:05
2. "The Republic" (Music: Gill) 3:21
3. "In the Ditch"   4:22
4. "A Hole in the Wallet" (Music: Gill) 4:05
5. "He'd Send in the Army" (Lyrics: Gill/King) 4:28
  • On the original EMI (UK) pressing of the LP, "Why Theory?" is track 5 rather than track 3.

The EMI Records and Infinite Zero/American 1995 reissue includes songs from the Another Day/Another Dollar EP.




Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 190


Year Single Chart Position
1981 "What We All Want" Billboard Club Play Singles 30


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Solid Gold – Gang of Four : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Nick (2004). "Gang of Four - Solid Gold review". BBC. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Tangari, Joe. "Gang of Four: Hard/Solid Gold". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Caramanica, JonZ (9 July 2003). "Gang of Four - Hard/Solid Gold review". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Isler, Scott; Robbins, Ira; Azerrad, Michael. " :: Gang of Four". Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Album review - Gang Of Four - Solid Gold". Uncut. Retrieved 23 May 2014.