The Golden Path (song)

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"The Golden Path"
The Golden Path.jpg
Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring The Flaming Lips
from the album Singles 93–03
B-side"Nude Night"
Released15 September 2003 (2003-09-15)
Songwriter(s)Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons, Wayne Michael Coyne, Steven Gregory Drozd
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Come with Us/The Test"
"The Golden Path"
"Get Yourself High"
The Flaming Lips singles chronology
"Fight Test"
"The Golden Path"
"The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)"

"The Golden Path" is a song recorded by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, taken from the Chemical Brothers' first greatest hits album Singles 93–03. Featuring The Flaming Lips, the lead vocals were performed by Wayne Coyne with Steven Drozd performing backing vocals.[1]


Coyne said: "I love that band; they are one of the greatest inventions of our day."[2] Coyne recalls about the recording process of his band's vocals: "We recorded our part very quickly, almost flippantly, like we'd get a second chance. Then Tom and Ed left a message within 20 minutes of receiving the tape. You could hear them jumping up and down in the background, shouting 'We're ecstatic.'"[2]

Critical response[edit]

Choosing it as one of album's best tracks, John Bush from AllMusic said the song "delivers on most of its promise as a soundclash for two of neo-psychedelia's most interesting acts" while calling it "a cool, crisp song" with two surprises: its reminiscence of Echo & the Bunnymen and Drozd's vocal debut.[3]

More critical was Michaelangelo Matos of Spin, cited the track as possible evidence for a Chemical Brothers "decline into middlebrow irrelevance."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video was the first directorial work by American artist Chris Milk, involves a man (who played by Fran Kranz) in a depressing grey office environment, dreaming of a more colorful world full of joy and dancing in the sunshine.

The Chemical Brothers make a brief cameo appearance as Siamese twins commemorated on a wall of "employee of the month" plaques.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "The Golden Path" – 4:47
  2. "Nude Night" – 6:18
  3. "The Golden Path" (Ewan Pearson Extended Vocal) – 6:35
DVD single
  1. "The Golden Path" (Music video)
  2. "The Golden Path" (Edit)
  3. "Dexter's International Scribble Mix"
  4. "The Golden Path" (Ewan's Rave Hell Dub)
12" single
  1. "The Golden Path" – 4:47
  2. "Nude Night" – 6:18

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 17


  1. ^ "ASK KLIPH". Archived from the original on 3 April 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b Raphael, Amy (June 29, 2003). "Straight from the Lip". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "The Chemical Brothers — Singles 93–03". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (February 2005). "The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button review" (Google Books). Spin. SpinMedia. 21 (2): 87. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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