Goldfinger (album)

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ReleasedFebruary 27, 1996
Label Mojo
Producer Jay Rifkin
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Goldfinger is the self-titled debut album by punk rock band Goldfinger, released on Mojo Records in February 1996 and produced by Mojo founder Jay Rifkin. The album was a hit on college radio. [2] The single "Here in Your Bedroom" was a top 5 rock hit in the U.S. in the summer of 1996, and also reached #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, making it their highest charting single ever. The album was certified Gold in Canada (50,000 copies) in 2002. [3] It is the only album by the band not to be produced by frontman John Feldmann in any capacity.

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Although Goldfinger is a well-known album among the ska punk community, Feldmann doesn't consider it a work of that genre. [4]

Music and song information

Goldfinger was recorded in Hans Zimmer studio by the time he was recording The Lion King II: Simba's Pride . In the album's 20th anniversary, Feldmann commented on its music: [4]

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The opening track "Mind's Eye" was the first song Feldmann wrote for Goldfinger. Commenting on the feedback heard in the very first seconds of the song, he said: "We recorded that album on tape. It was all super experimental—'Well what if we have the feedback going, we hit record and start playing so the tape starts with nothing.'". "Anything" was written by a 17-year-old Feldmann. [4]

Audio feedback

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Track listing

All songs written by John Feldmann, except where noted.

1."Mind's Eye"2:09
3."Here in Your Bedroom"3:10
4."Only a Day"2:15
5."King for a Day"3:43
7."Answers" (Feldmann, Charlie Paulson)2:40
9."Mable" (Feldmann, Paulson, Simon Williams)2:19
10."The City With Two Faces"1:46
11."My Girlfriend's Shower Sucks"1:07
12."Miles Away"1:54
13."Nothing to Prove" (Feldmann, Paulson)2:31
16."Fuck You and Your Cat"1:19


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