Touch and Go (Magazine song)

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"Touch and Go"
Single by Magazine
A-side Touch and Go
B-side Goldfinger
Released 14 April 1978
Format 7" single
Genre Post-punk
Length 6:10
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Howard Devoto, John McGeoch
Producer(s) John Leckie
Magazine singles chronology
"Shot by Both Sides"
"Touch and Go"
"Give Me Everything"

"Touch and Go" is the second single by post-punk band Magazine, released on 14 April 1978.[1] A non-album single, it did not appear on their debut album, Real Life, released two months later.


Unlike with previous single "Shot By Both Sides", the band recorded "Touch and Go" with their complete five-man lineup including (ex-St. Louis Union) keyboardist Dave Formula, who had joined shortly after the release of the first single. However, "Touch and Go" was also the last single to feature original drummer Martin Jackson, who left in July 1978, after a British tour, subsequently replaced by Paul Spencer, who lasted a short time and was then replaced by John Doyle. Jackson later joined The Chameleons and Swing Out Sister.


The single's B-side, "Goldfinger", is a cover of the James Bond theme of the same name. Both songs were featured as bonus tracks on the CD reissue of Real Life.

Music video[edit]

A promo video was released for the song.

Track list[edit]

Side A

  • "Touch and Go" (Devoto/McGeoch) – 2:50

Side B

  • "Goldfinger" (Barry/Bricusse/Newley) – 3:20


  1. ^ "Magazine - Touch And Go (Vinyl)". 1978-04-14. Retrieved 2016-10-14.