Year 2, Album 29: Hang-Ups

Year 2, Album 29: Goldfinger – Hang-Ups

Tracklisting

  1. Superman
  2. My Head
  3. If Only
  4. This Lonely Place
  5. 20¢ Goodbye
  6. Question
  7. Disorder
  8. Carlita
  9. Too Late
  10. I Need to Know
  11. Authority
  12. S.M.P.
  13. The Last Time
  14. Chris Cayton

About the Album

Hang-Ups is the second album by ska-punk band, Goldfinger. The album was released on September 9 1997. The album is more of ska sound than the band’s debut album.

Thoughts on the Album

I believe everyone who owned a SEGA Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, or PlayStation (One), will recognize the opening track of Goldfinger‘s Hang-Ups. That song, is none other than Superman, which was featured in the 1999 video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The album boasts strong melodic sound, drawing elements from 1960’s pop and 1970’s punk. The album’s pace is a moderate one, when compared to their debut album which was fast paced.

I absolutely love the album opener Superman, mainly because of ([un]fortunately) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The rest of the album after Superman is no pushover either. Each song off the album explodes with energy and makes you want to groove or mosh or whatever.

The second track, My Head, is a harder track than Superman, and a more serious one. It starts off with quiet guitar riffs before the vocals kick in. When the drums come in, the guitar, bass, and vocals get progressively louder. If Only manages to fused together different styles perfectly: anger, calm, humor perfectly; it’s a awesome punk ballad.

This Lonely Place, the album’s lead single, starts out with a slow rhythm before building gradually and adding layers. It’s a great ska ballad. As for the rest of the album, highlights are definitely: The Last Time, S.M.P. (Skiers Must Perish), and of course Chris Cayton. But don’t just listen to those, listen to the whole album.

As for the album opener, Superman, what more can be said? It’s the band’s most recognizable song. Many times I have listened to this track while trying to pull off Tony Hawk’s “The 900” in the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The song is infectiously catchy, and I bet you will be singing along to it. If you download it, I bet you’ll also be pressing the repeat button until you’re thoroughly sick of the song. The ska guitar riffs and crisp and sharp. The bass is nice and bouncy. The drums are on-key and fire on all cylinders. The vocals are sharp, and the horns compliment the entire song.

Conclusion

Don’t just get this album for one track, that would be a waste of money. But that’s what the beauty of YouTube or Spotify is. I fell in love with the song Superman, and grew to love the rest of the songs on the album, especially This Lonely Place. Looking for more ska to add to your music collection? This album is for you.

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