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Single Review: Spandau Ballet “Gold”

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Tony Hadley revels in his ex-girlfriend’s regrets in the sarcastic ballad “Gold.”

An apologetic synthesizer opens the single, setting a polite tone. Hadley is glad to see that she’s dropped by. He explains that he left their old furniture go. However, he says that he will get rid of them soon. Some of his immaturity still exists. He exclaims that he’s happy for her. He’s no longer feels inferior or jealous of her. He’s been able to make some good decisions and make a decent life for himself.

“Thank you for coming home/I’m sorry that the chairs are all worn/I left them here I could have sworn/These are my salad days slowly being eaten away/Just another play for today./Oh but I’m proud of you but I’m proud of you/Nothing left to make me feel small/Luck has left me standing so tall, all.”

In the chorus, he gives her a pep talk and says that she’s a wonderful person. She can make it through the current tough times in her life. He adds that he knew she would come back.

“Gold (gold)/Always believe in your soul/You’ve got the power to know/You’re indestructible/Always believe in ’cause you are/Gold (gold)/Glad that you’re bound to return/There’s something I could have learned/You’re indestructible, always believe in.”

A lively drum solo is next.

He tells her to take a breather between relationships and find herself. He knows her as well as she knows herself. Two years ago, she spoke of a male friend she had. He was a white-collar guy with a confident stride. The male friend had been trying to break them up and succeeded. They ended up dating and she ended up the relationship. He emphasizes that he’s guarded now. But he’s better off without her.

“After the rush has gone I hope you find a little more time/Remember we were partners in crime/It’s only two years ago the man with the suit and the pace/You knew that he was there on the case/
Now he’s in love with you he’s in love with you/My love is like a high prison wall/And you could leave me standing so tall, all.”

A knowing saxophone and Hadley’s dismissive “ahh’s” join the drum for a solo.

He repeats the last two lyrics of the second verse.

“My love is like a high prison wall/And you could leave me standing so tall, all.”

The chorus is sung once to end the single.

In “Gold.” Hadley’s childish need to prove that he’s superior to his ex-girlfriend is spiteful. He’s condescending and rude as he gives her unsolicited advice about her life.

The music arrangement is hammy and made worse by Hadley’s glory noting. If Hadley is not hanging onto one monotonous note, he’s plowing through the lyrics. His vocals, while bland, are beefy. In a better song, he could really showcase his range.

“Gold” is not smart enough to be camp or bad enough to be somewhat entertaining. It’s downright awful.

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