A small selection from "Goldie"
Ring Bell-This starts off very summery and then blasts out bolts of pure happiness in the chorus. I want to hug the world and give everyone a flower. "RING BELL!!! RING BELL TELL THE WORLD ALL IS WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Sing out it sista!! One of the most cheerful songs ever written....I kinda relate to its great chorus....
Cloudy Summer Afternoon-A brilliant strumming guitar as the baseline. Very Brady Bunch but oddly without the kitchness. This must be about drugs. I mean how else can you read the lyrics "smoking that last cigarette...nothing was said for an hour or more...". You can almost smell flowers, the French country-side and freshly baked bread. Another song that will make the outside world seem like a ball of candy-floss.
A weeks ago I suffered some serious health set-backs. Yet, I am making a speedy recovery as the my "return" to DontStopThePop hopefully reveals. So what has kept me smiling these couple of days? Pop Music! The sort that is covered with cheese, girlbands and with females taking the lead vocals. Pop trash cures the inner soul and it doesn't get any more fabulous-or as I like to call it trashfab-than Goldie Hawn's pop album "Goldie".
Released in 1972, the album included some of the greatest pop pioneers of its period with the likes of Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison all lending their name to the album sleeve. Sometimes its a bit country, sometimes its a bit hippy and then its pure poptastic "blisskitch" but it always delivered with Goldie's rather brilliantly beautiful voice. Sadly Wikipedia says absolutely nothing about this album of eleven songs so its up to me to re-install its brilliance to the wall of pop music.
Produced by Andy Wickham, Dolly Parton (!) and Lenny Waronker Goldie Hawn was the already the star of her Oscar winning movie Cactus Flower by the time of its release. The well produced album was released with full promotional spots in-between adverts for her movie Butterflies Are Free but it flopped and vanished without trace. Despite this its a strong bevy of songs some of which includes her attempting singing in French with what sounds like 3o French teenage boys. Absolutely sublime....
This album makes you smile. Fuck Mika, this is the sound of early 1970's