This week I’m heading back to an appropriately titled song (given that we’re still enjoying the Olympics) Gold by 80s New Romantics Spandau Ballet, an 1983 single taken from their third album True.
Gary Kemp wrote both the music and lyrics and the music video (below) was filmed on location in Carmona, Spain. It features members of Spandau Ballet walking through a desert, down streets and gathering inside various buildings while searching for gold shapes that make up a gold puzzle.
The song is Spandau Ballet’s second-highest charting single in both the UK and US, behind their previous release, “True”, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart and reaching #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Guardian newspaper said the song was:
…….a brash blare of self-belief that appears to be constructed from pure titanium. It may be the least subtle song ever written, but, like Spandau Ballet, it mainlines sheer chutzpah.
Lead singer Tony Hadley countered by saying that Gold is the song which even today’s kids enjoy singing along to in student bars up and down the country, and is one of main reasons he gets so many corporate shows.
Gold was re-recorded in a semi-acoustic, unplugged-like style for Spandau Ballet’s 2009 album Once More. Plus, the song has featured in various shows films and advertising campaigns.