Nothing Gold Can Stay (album)

Nothing Gold Can Stay (album)
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Studio album by A New Found Glory
Released October 19, 1999[1]
Recorded August 1999 at Tapeworm Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Rock, pop punk, punk revival
Length 47:43
Label Eulogy, Drive-Thru
Producer A New Found Glory[1]
A New Found Glory chronology
Nothing Gold Can Stay
New Found Glory
Singles from Nothing Gold Can Stay
  1. "Hit or Miss (Waited Too Long)"
    Released: May 14, 1999

Nothing Gold Can Stay is the debut studio album by American rock band New Found Glory, released on October 19, 1999 through independent record label Eulogy Recordings.[2] At the time, the band were then named "A New Found Glory", but later dropped the indefinite article "A" due to some fans struggling to find their records in stores.[3][4] The original pressings of the album contained samplings from several films including The Outsiders (1983), Weird Science (1985), and That Thing You Do! (1996), as well as Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay", after which the album is named.[5]

On the strength of the release, Richard Reines, co-founder of Drive-Thru Records, signed the band after paying Eulogy a $5,000 license fee in order to re-release the album.[6] Propelled by debut single "Hit or Miss (Waited Too Long)", Nothing Gold Can Stay garnered a cult following and sold in excess of 300,000 copies.[6] The record was responsible for breaking the band in the United States and has been noted for its influence on contemporary pop punk music.[7][8]


Background and recording

Following the band's underground success with the release of debut EP It's All About the Girls (1997), they soon caught the attention of independent label Eulogy Recordings, and the quintet subsequently signed in order to increase distribution of their music.[9] The album was recorded on a low budget with the members having to self-fund the sessions. Jordan Pundik recalls, "I was working in Walgreens, I remember borrowing money off my sister to pay for the recording and everybody getting on me for not throwing in enough."[7] Chad Gilbert also said that the album "wasn't recorded too well", but also praised its rawness by adding, "It sounds more real than a lot of other records".[7] Pundik worked alongside primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Steve Klein to pen the tracks. "When me and Steve would work on the songs, he'd come and pick me up in his punk-rock station wagon, with stickers all over the back. It didn't have a stereo, just a boombox. We'd sit in his room at his parents' house, and we'd work on lyrics and melodies with sheets of paper everywhere". Pundik also said that a five-year relationship during high school inspired the lyrics to "Winter of '95". "I was with her for 5 years, she was the only thing I knew, so that played a big part. I remember listening to a Gameface record on vinyl, but was writing my own lyrics for the song at the same time in my head".[7] Gilbert reflects on the album as "100 percent, without a doubt, the most honest, simple, pure record. We were just a bunch of kids who grew up in the suburbs. We never expected to leave Florida, we were just making a a record we could play locally and sell to friends. Then, eventually, it took us so many other places".[7]

Reception and legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[10]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[11]
College Music Journal 4/5 stars[12]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars[13]

Upon release in 1999, Nothing Gold Can Stay received positive reviews. Mike DaRonco of Allmusic gave the album a positive four star review. He wrote, "With an abundance of Lifetime/Promise Ring rip-off bands crawling out from under every suburban nook and cranny, A New Found Glory pull out all the right hooks and harmonies. Reminiscing about the days of walking to the beach, holding hands with a loved one and loudly singing Michael Jackson's "Thriller". But, they're also about trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered relationship by writing a song about it. Just sit back, listen, and relate to their heartfelt days of love lost and found."[10] Michael Dabaie of College Music Journal awarded the album a "super" four-star rating. Describing the sound as "abrasive yet extremely catchy" he also opined that the album was "pop-punk with substance and a stiff backbone."[12]

A decade after the albums release, Brendan Manley of Alternative Press covered the album in two separate articles for the magazine. Discussing the album in the "10 Classic Albums of '99" feature, he wrote, "Like its title implies, Nothing Gold Can Stay is the sonic transcript of a glorious, fleeting time for NFG, and for pop-punk. But just as gold never loses its luster, it's only fitting that 10 years later, Nothing Gold Can Stay still shines".[7] Later, during a separate article covering the bands history, Manley noted their lasting influence on modern pop-punk music; "New Found Glory are still at the forefront of the scene they helped create".[14] Gabe Saporta of Midtown also said of Nothing Gold Can Stay; "The record has so many little quirks - so many things that made you feel like [NFG] were friends of yours, who were fucking around in the studio and happened to create something magical".[7] Also, when Jared Logan was producing Fall Out Boy's debut album, he asked bassist Pete Wentz what sound the band desired for recording. Wentz responded by "handing over the first two New Found Glory records".[15]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Steve Klein and Jordan Pundik; music composed by New Found Glory.[16]

No. Title Length
1. "Hit or Miss (Waited Too Long)"   3:15
2. "It Never Snows in Florida"   2:48
3. "3rd and Long"   2:46
4. "You've Got a Friend In Pennsylvania"   4:00
5. "The Blue Stare"   2:36
6. "2's & 3's"   3:48
7. "Tell-Tale Heart"   3:18
8. "Winter of '95"   2:30
9. "Passing Time"   2:58
10. "Broken Sound"   2:19
11. "Never Sometimes"   2:51
12. "The Goodbye Song" (includes untitled hidden track) 14:32
Total length:


The following people contributed to Nothing Gold Can Stay:[16]

New Found Glory
Additional musicians
  • Chris Carrabba – backing vocals
  • The Boofins on the Side Crew – backing vocals
  • Marisa Browne – piano ("Broken Sound", "The Goodbye Song")


  1. ^ a b "New Found Glory - Nothing Gold Can Stay CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ DeAndrea, Joe (18 October 2009). "Nothing Gold Can Stays Aluminum Anniversary". AbsolutePunk (Buzz Media). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Lowdown - New Found Glory". Kerrang! (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Ambrose, Chris (23 September 2003). "Biography for New Found Glory". Internet Movie Database (Amazon). Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hit or Miss by New Found Glory". Songfacts. Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Manley, Brendan (March 2010), "1999-2000: The Oral History of New Found Glory", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (260): 64, ISSN 1065-1667,, retrieved 31 January 2010 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Manley, Brendan (September 2009), "10 Classic Albums of '99 - A New Found Glory: Nothing Gold Can Stay", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (254): 65, ISSN 1065-1667,, retrieved 11 September 2009 
  8. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: New Found Glory". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Manley, Brendan (March 2010), "1996-1997: The Oral History of New Found Glory", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (260): 63, ISSN 1065-1667,, retrieved 31 January 2010 
  10. ^ a b DaRonco, Mike. "Review: Nothing Gold Can Stay". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  11. ^ Heisel, Scott (October 1999), "A New Found Glory: Nothing Gold Can Stay 5/5 stars", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (118) 
  12. ^ a b Dabaie, Michael (20 December 1999), "A New Found Glory - Nothing Gold Can Stay. Pop-punk with substance and a stiff backbone", College Music Journal (219): 20 4/5 stars
  13. ^ "New Found Glory - 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' - Eulogy". Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  14. ^ Manley, Brendan (March 2010), "It Never Snows in Florida: The Oral History of New Found Glory", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (260): 62, ISSN 1065-1667,, retrieved 31 January 2010 
  15. ^ Manley, Brendan (March 2010), "2001-2005: The Oral History of New Found Glory", Alternative Press (Alternative Magazines Inc) (260): 65, ISSN 1065-1667,, retrieved 2010-01-31 
  16. ^ a b (1999) Album notes for Nothing Gold Can Stay by New Found Glory [CD]. Eulogy Recordings (112114).

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