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The Donnas: Donnas Gold Medal / Audio CD 2004 / Maya Ford, Torry Castellano, Brett Anderson, Allison Robertson / Producer – Butch Walker for Ruby Red Productions / Mixed by Chris Lord - Alge


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Donnas Gold Medal 

Audio CD 2004 

Producer – Butch Walker for Ruby Red Productions 

Mixed by Chris Lord - Alge

UPC  075678375828


Label: Atlantic ‎– 7567-83758-2, Atlantic ‎– 83758-2
Format: CD, Album, Enhanced 
Country: Europe
Released: 2004
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock




Cover made in the E.U. with cat.# 7567-83758-2, 
CD made in U.S.A. with cat.# 83758-2
  • Barcode: 075678375828
  • Other: LC 00121


Gold Medal is the sixth studio album by the American hard rock band The Donnas, released in 2004 on Atlantic Records. It was one of the first albums released in the DualDisc format, but was recalled due to a mastering error which resulted in the final track being partially omitted from the CD side of the album. The DualDisc version of the album came with a black velvet limited edition cover slip and the music video for "Fall Behind Me" on the DVD side.

Their single, "Fall Behind Me", was featured as the background song for the new 2006 Nissan Xterra and 2006 U.S. Women's Olympic Snowboarding Team TV commercials. "I Don't Want to Know" is in the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack and a cover of the song was also used for Donkey Konga 2 for the Nintendo GameCube. "I Don't Want to Know" was also used as the theme song for the first season of The-N's hit series, "South of Nowhere". "Friends Like Mine" was used in trailers & TV spots for the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

As of 2005 it has sold 66,000 units in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Studio album by 
Released October 26, 2004
Genre Hard rock
Length 34:01
Label Atlantic
Producer Butch Walker
The Donnas chronology
Spend the Night
Gold Medal


Following 2002's spitfire release Spend the Night, the Donnas return with a different drive on Gold Medal.

Their earliest releases clung tightly to the Ramones' ethic of three power chords and a chunky rhythm, while Spend the Night riffed on tough and punchy Kiss licks and Cheap Trick-esque super pop, but Gold Medal veers yet again, heading into '70s psychedelia, hinting at a more introspective and melodic feel. A quieter, gentler Donnas? Yeah, kinda. Vocals run through vintage effects, swirling wah-wah riffs, chiming acoustic guitar, and laid-back vocals all give the music a more restrained and casual feel -- as if the band is less aggressive, less impulsive, and less "rawk." The first single, "Fall Behind Me," is one of the few that hark back to their older sound: a heavy harmonic riff (almost reminiscent of the Cult), double-tracked vocals, and a guitar solo by Donna R. (Allison Robertson) that would make Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham grin. The familiarity ends there, as the other songs sound alternately like Suzi Quatro covering Foghat's "Slow Ride" or actually kind of like the Shangri-Las after smoking down with the Foo Fighters. The album's unexpected highlight is the quirky title track, a choogling shuffle with a freight-train boogie and an acoustic-guitar-vs.-piano break in place of the usual electric guitar solo. As unexpected as that sounds, it fits better than any of the other hybrid "hard rock guitar"/"laid-back vocals" song experiments on the album. It appears as though former guitarist Brett Anderson (aka Donna A., natch) has decided to concentrate solely on vocals (with a few piano contributions), which leaves some space in the sound and makes the full-on assault of the previous Donnas records an impossibility. Still, it could be argued that what they lack in "wall of sound" noise attack they've made up for in nuance; the basslines have never been more intricate, tambourines and handclaps come in at all the right times, and the whole album sports the most terrific production of any Donnas record to date. There was something charming in their (metaphorical) balls-to-the-wall embrace of late-'70s party rock that is missing on Gold Medal -- the teenage gang has grown more mature, and while they've gained some in-depth musical insight, they've lost a little of the leather-jacketed spark that fans have grown accustomed to. While this release shows real growth, one questions if that's what Donnaholics are looking for. It is possible that this album will eventually be seen as the transition away from the cute punk-pop of their previous recordings and a bridge into the more elaborate, more mature work that they demonstrate on the album's spectacular title track. ~ Zac Johnson, Rovi 

The Donnas an American rock band formed in Palo Alto, California in 1993. They consisted of Brett Anderson (lead vocals), Allison Robertson (guitar, backing vocals), Maya Ford (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Amy Cesari (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Cesari replaced Torry Castellano, who left the band in 2009 due to tendonitis. They draw inspiration from RamonesThe RunawaysAC/DCBachman–Turner Overdrive and KissRolling Stone has stated that "the Donnas offer a guileless take on adolescent alienation; they traffic in kicks, not catharsis, fun rather than rage". MTV has stated that the band offers "a good old-fashioned rock & roll party". After gathering a cult following in the punk scene since their 1997 debut, the band achieved major label commercial success in the early 2000s and afterward as their music mixed punk, metal and classic rock sounds.



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