That Golden Rule

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"That Golden Rule"
Biffy Clyro - That Golden Rule single.jpg
Single by Biffy Clyro
from the album Only Revolutions
B-side "Prey Hey, Eye Lids, Time Jazz"
Released 23 August 2009
Format CD, Digital download, vinyl
Recorded 2009
Length 3:50
Label 14th Floor
Songwriter(s) Simon Neil
Producer(s) Garth Richardson
Biffy Clyro singles chronology
"That Golden Rule"
"The Captain"
"That Golden Rule"
"The Captain"
Only Revolutions track listing
  1. "The Captain"
  2. "That Golden Rule"
  3. "Bubbles"
  4. "God and Satan"
  5. "Born on a Horse"
  6. "Mountains"
  7. "Shock Shock"
  8. "Many of Horror"
  9. "Booooom, Blast & Ruin"
  10. "Cloud of Stink"
  11. "Know Your Quarry"
  12. "Whorses"

"That Golden Rule" is the second single to be taken from Scottish alternative rock trio Biffy Clyro's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions, released on 23 August 2009.

The band describe the song as a mixture of prog and stoner rock, citing that "[it's] like Kyuss and Tool playing with some Scottish freaks screaming over the top of it". It received its first radio play in early July 2009, on Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World slot on Radio 1.[1] The single debuted at #10 on the UK Single Chart on 30 August 2009.[2] The song was used by Sky Sports in its coverage of Super League from 2011 to 2013.


The video for That Golden Rule was shot in Chiswick House, West London. The video was released on NME's official website on 22 July 2009. The video has begun to receive some airplay on British rock television station Scuzz, and has been A-listed by BBC Radio 1.[3]


Storm Thorgerson's artwork for the single references the band's previous studio album, Puzzle, with a missing jigsaw piece resting in front of a sailor. The other man, sailing into the distance, appears to have a jigsaw shaped hole in his side - it is likely that this represents the man depicted on the front cover of Puzzle.

Thorgerson later confirmed this on his official website, stating:[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single 14FLR38CD

  1. "That Golden Rule"
  2. "Prey Hey"

7" Picture Vinyl 14FLR38

  1. "That Golden Rule"
  2. "Eye Lids"

7" Orange Vinyl 14FLR38X

  1. "That Golden Rule"
  2. "Time Jazz"

iTunes Digital EP

  1. "That Golden Rule"
  2. "Prey Hey"
  3. "Eye Lids"
  4. "Time Jazz"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 10