Goldbug

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Legal name: Richard Walmsley

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Goldbug were a British band in the 1990s. Formed in Brighton in 1995 by a former member of the Beatmasters, Richard Walmsley and DJ Adil Magik, with a session vocalist, Sandy McKenzie, who was recruited through an advertisement in Melody Maker.

Goldbug are best remembered for a #3 hit single with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", also sampling "Asteroid" (the Pearl & Dean theme tune) released on the Acid Jazz label, which hit the UK Singles Chart on 20 January 1996, but only stayed for 5 weeks. The track was featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 33, and the band made their sole appearance on Top of the Pops on 25 January 1996, performing it.

The band's name was taken from a computer virus. Adil Magik left the band after musical differences with Walmsley at the end of 1996. Their sole follow-up single, "Real Hip Mary", failed to reach the top 75 in 1997. In 2000, Walmsley sued Acid Jazz over unpaid royalties relating to the "Whole Lotta Love" single. He was successful, receiving many thousands of pounds. Due to the royalty disputes, McKenzie received no money from the band's short existence.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Whole Lotta Love 2
1997 Real Hip Mary 1

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