PLAYLIST: Gold Or Golden? Songs Of The Precious Kind!

Are you gold? Golden? Good as gold? Or are you a Goldfinger? Songs that all have the Midas touch and prove that all that glitters IS gold.

by Christopher Smith

Always believe in your soul
You’ve got the power to know
You’re indestructible
Always believe in, because you are

Famous words from a very famous song, highlighting just how special we all are and can indeed compare ourselves to that oh so precious chemical element.

And now Kylie Minogue is telling us that we are all “Golden” – that’s who we are. So how many songs can you name with ‘gold’ in the title and which ones are your favourites?

Well we can start with the James Bond films who provide us with three unforgettable ‘golden’ anthems. “The Man With The Golden Gun” (Lulu), Tina Turner‘s “GoldenEye” and Dame Shirley Bassey’s unequaled tour de force “Goldfinger”.

Ash sampled “Goldfinger” for their 1996 hit of the same name, although its title is never sung, it uses the music from the 1964 Bond theme in the middle-eight. Sting had “Fields Of Gold”, Sam Sparro liked “Black And Gold” and The Stranglers had “Golden Brown”. Of course The Tremeloes told us that “Silence Is Golden” while The Beautiful South were “Good As Gold” but stupid as mud, and yet they carried on regardless!

US rock group Soul Asylum had “Black Gold”, DJ Khaled had a problem with “Gold Slugs” while Metallica championed “The Ecstasy Of Gold”! David Bowie clearly loves gold with two songs “Golden Years” and “April’s Tooth Of Gold” appearing in his back catalogue.

How many can you name and do they feature on our special ‘golden’ playlist below? If they don’t – tell us!

And finally…does having ‘gold’ in the song title guarantee you a golden hit?
Well “Goldfinger” holds a Gold certification in the US for sales of over 500,000 copies there, so perhaps all that glitters IS golden after all!

Golden disc Shirley Bassey

“We’re golden
Burn like the stars, stay golden
Straight from your heart
With a voice sayin’ “I’ll never give in”
Get knocked down, back up again
We’re golden, golden
That’s who we are”

Amen to that.

Gold Or Golden

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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