Daily Dose: ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet

In a similar vein to many artists from days past who have decided that they didn’t make enough money way back when, and that they may as well get some while the going is good, Spandau Ballet made a comeback in recent years (2009). Their initial period spanned basically the whole of the eighties, and there are few bands more quintessentially eighties than a band named after a borough of Berlin and one of the poshest forms of dance. Anyway, due to a particularly stupid project I’m going to be working on later on this month, I have been listening to this song a lot lately. That’s okay, because it’s a really enjoyable song! It’s probably their most famous song for a reason, after all. I was never a big fan of the rest of their output (much more of a Talk Talk fan, myself), but in this number, the perfect blend of cheesiness and catchyness has been achieved and it is glorious. Okay, it’s still really silly, cartoony even, but there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Also, who doesn’t love those motivational chorus lyrics? So inspiring to sing along to! Bongos combined with a saxophone? Get out of here the eighties, you’re drunk. What I’m trying to say here is that if you take this song for what it (goofy eighties new wave) is you should really enjoy it. If not, you can at least appreciate it as a little slice of history best left behind.


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