According to Joel McIver's 2011 book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motorhead, the band had originally wanted to call the EP Flying Tonight, a nod to the bomber lighting rig which had become immensely popular since its unveiling the previous year as part of the Bomber tour. There was a distinct lack of radio play for the single, the radio stations claiming the vocals were too low in the mix, so after remixing the tapes, a 7" single, (with the new catalogue number of BRO92DJ), was issued to radio stations with just the "Leaving Here" track on the A-side, coupled with "Stone Dead Forever" on the flip. Despite the lack of radio exposure, on 1 May the band managed an appearance on the BBC TV weekly chart show Top of the Pops to promote it. "The songs were pretty badly recorded," bassist/vocalist Lemmy recalls in his autobiography White Line Fever, "but the record got in the charts." This EP is currently available as bonus tracks on the 1979 album Bomber, and "Leaving Here" was included on the No Remorse compilation album.
Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic states The Golden Years "captures all the raucous energy and devastating power of the band's classic Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil Taylor lineup at the peak of its power."
The original standard release of this EP was in 7" and 12" vinyl (Bronze Records), some lapses in quality control allowed through a number of copies of the 7" that play Kate Bush on the 'A' side.
The German and Dutch releases were 7" 'juke box' press out centre singles and titled "Lochem POP '80" as an advertisement for their forthcoming appearance at Lochem Festival, Netherlands on 15 May 1980.