- Goldfinger (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Goldfinger
Img_capt = Goldfinger live in 2006.
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Los Angeles,
California, United States
Pop punk[ [http://www.punknews.org/review/3989 Punknews.org | Goldfinger - The Best Of Goldfinger [CD/DVD ] ] Ska punk
Years_active = 1994–present
Label = Universal, Mojo, Jive, Maverick,
Side One Dummy
URL = [http://goldfingermusic.com goldfingermusic.com]
John Feldmann Kelly LeMieux Darrin Pfeiffer Charlie Paulson
Past_members = Simon Williams
Goldfinger is a
ska punkband that formed in 1994. They support the imprisoned ' SHAC 7' animal rightsactivists, [http://www.supportkevin.com/ Support Kevin Kjonaas and the SHAC 7 ] ] [http://www.myspace.com/goldfinger4kevin MySpace.com - Goldfinger4Kevin - 27 - Garçon - US - www.myspace.com/goldfinger4kevin ] ] and John Feldmann, lead singer, is an advocate for and supporter of the Animal Liberation Front.Keith, Shannon. "Behind the Mask", Uncaged Films, 2006.]
Goldfinger was formed by
John Feldmannon vocals and guitar, Simon Williams on bass, Darrin Pfeifferon drums, and Charlie Paulson on guitar. Before they were signed to a major label, they released an EP titled "Richter". Many of the songs on Richter are demo versions of songs on their full length debut, "Goldfinger", which was released in 1996. Though their second album, " Hang-Ups", was less successful, the band still maintained a devoted fan base in the hardcore community. Their third studio LP was " Stomping Ground", which sold poorly in the US but was a modest hit in some European countries, thanks to their cover of Nena's " 99 Luftballons" sung partly in German. Their next album, "Open Your Eyes" (2002), was the first for their new record label, Jive/Zomba.
Frontman John Feldmann has produced records for
Mest, The Used(whose vocalist Bert McCrackensang some guest vocals on 'Open Your Eyes', 'Woodchuck', 'Ocean Size', and 'Handjobs for Jesus'), Hilary Duffand Story of the Year. He also produced Good Charlotte's single "The Anthem" (whose guitarist Benji Maddenprovides guest vocals on 'January', which was originally named "Oracle of Elcaro". He also signed the band Unlocowith Maverick Records.
Since the band began, Feldmann has become a
veganand animal rightssupporter, as can be seen briefly in the music video for "Open Your Eyes". They also donated the song "What Gives You The Right" to the Southern Animal Rights Coalitionbenefit CD, "Until Every Cage Is Empty", [ [http://www.animalrightsmerchandise.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=9 Until Every Cage Is Empty - £5.00 : Animal Rights Merchandise, The SARCshop ] ] as well as writing the song "Free Kevin Kjonaas", an animal rights prisoner, known as the most involved individual in the SHAC 7 case. He also advocates and supports the Animal Liberation Front.
In early 2005, they released their first album for their new label, Maverick Records, titled "Disconnection Notice". It featured the single "Wasted". The CD was less well received compared to former Goldfinger albums. Former band members include founding bassist Simon Williams, who left the band following "Hang-Ups", and former
Unlocoguitarist Brian Arthur, who was fired by Feldmann because Feldmann "did not want to work with him anymore".
"99 Red Balloons" also featured in "
Not Another Teen Movie" along with " Eurotrip", and their cover of The Spiral Starecase's "More Today Than Yesterday" plays during the ending credits of " The Waterboy". "Superman" was also featured in the comedy "Kingpin" and the first Tony Hawk Pro Skatervideo game. "Walking in the Dark" was featured in the movie "Dead Man on Campus".
Goldfinger covered the hit
Duran Duransong "Rio" as a tribute to the band but ironically the middle of the song turns into a Dio-like song and then changing the last chorus to " Ronnie James Dio" rather than Rio.
Goldfinger's song "I Want" from "
Disconnection Notice" is featured in " Burnout Revenge" on the " Playstation 2", " Xbox", and " Xbox 360", and the song "My Everything" is featured on " SSX On Tour" also by EA games. The single, Spokesman, is featured on Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.Goldfinger also appeared in the Reel Big Fish video "Sell Out" for a brief couple of seconds.
2006 saw Alternative Press Magazine list the self titled Goldfinger CD as one of the "10 albums that shaped 1996" alongside
No Doubt, Weezerand others.
In 2005 Goldfinger announced that their old guitarist Charlie Paulson would return. Charlie's return to the band was on stage playing 3 songs at the Key Club in LA when the band finished a Western USA tour. Goldfinger signed to the independent record label
Side One Dummyin 2007 and their new record is called " Hello Destiny" and was released on April 22, 2008
Goldfinger has just finished a successful North American tour with Less Than Jake in summer of 2008.
Goldfinger also played in the UK at the Reading and Leeds festivals on the 22nd and 23rd of August 2008.
* Here in Your Bedroom "from Goldfinger"
* Mable "from Goldfinger"
* This Lonely Place "from
* Counting the Days "from
* 99 Red Balloons "from
* Tell Me "from Open Your Eyes"
* Open Your Eyes "from Open Your Eyes"
* Spokesman "from Open Your Eyes"
* Wasted "from
* I Want "from
* One More Time "from
Video game appearances
* [http://www.goldfingermusic.com Goldfinger official website]
* [http://www.totalassault.com/team.php?team_id=81 About "Disconnection Notice" album]
* [http://goldfinger.hux.de/ German Fan Page]
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