The Donnas – Gold Medal – Limited Edition, Black, Gold, Colored Vinyl, Poster, Real Gone Music, 2020
Famously formed in 8th grade for a school talent show, The Donnas began as a self-styled co-ed answer to The Ramones, each member taking the first name of Donna (as opposed to the last name of Ramone), and playing gleefully unapologetic, pop-punk paeans to adolescent alienation and hedonism from a decidedly female perspective. But by the time of 2004’s Gold Medal, their sixth album and second for the major label Atlantic, the group has clearly’dare we say it?-matured. With the notable exception of the single (and career highlight) ‘Fall Behind Me,’ Gold Medal marks a move away from the Donnas’ harder/faster ethos towards a more polished (acoustic guitars’whaaat?) pop sound veering towards ’70s psychedelia under the helm of Avril Lavigne producer Butch Walker. And you can tell it from the album’s graphics, which flash vintage, Peter Max-esque squiggles on the front cover and feature a faux black light poster inside (which we have reproduced for this reissue along with the original printed inner sleeve). The result was an album that lead vocalist Brett Anderson a.k.a Donna A. deems her favorite, and one that stands as probably the band’s crowning artistic achievement. Our reissue comes in black and gold splatter vinyl, and is limited to 750 copies’an overlooked early-oughties gem!