Solid Gold (album)

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Solid Gold
Studio album by Gang of Four
Released March 1981
Recorded January 1981
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
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
(1982)Songs of the Free1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide A[2]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[6]
Uncut 4/5 stars[7]

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 Writer(s) 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 Writer(s) 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.


Gang of Four



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". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Gang of Four: Solid Gold". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Tangari, Joe (9 February 2003). "Gang of Four: Hard/Solid Gold". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Miles, Milo (6 August 1981). "Gang of Four: Solid Gold". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 April 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 321–22. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  7. ^ "Gang Of Four – Solid Gold". Uncut (216). July 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2014.