See biography by J. E. Flint (1960).
Clifford Joseph Price, better known as Goldie (born 19 September 1965 in Walsall, England) is an English electronic music artist, disc jockey, and actor. As a musician he works mainly within the jungle and drum and bass genres, and has helped to promote these styles globally.
Price was a member of a breakdance crew Westside, based in the Whitmore Reans and Heath Town areas of Wolverhampton, in the 1980s. He later joined a breakdance crew called the Bboys, and made his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands. His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured heavily in Afrikaa Bambaataa's documentary Bombing (which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK).
He took part in the largest ever British graffiti art battle alongside Bristol artist Robert "3D" Del Naja, who later formed Massive Attack. He is also mentioned for his graffiti in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff, which contains several samples of his art.
His releases "Killa Muffin" b/w "Krisp Biscuit" and the Dark Rider EP were put out under an alias, Rufige Cru. More recently, he has used the alias Rufige Kru to release collaborations with other producers such as Heist.
His track "Terminator", released under the name Metalheads (sic) in 1992, was a huge hit in the jungle scene, and is noted for pioneering the use of timestretching. In 1993 he released "Angel", another 12" on the Synthetic Hardcore Phonography label. 1994 saw him setting up his own record label, Metalheadz. The label was a huge success, releasing some of the most important 12"s of that era.
His first globally released album, Timeless, followed in 1995. Timeless shot straight into the charts at number seven, which was a first for a drum 'n' bass record. The album fused the breakbeats and basslines common in jungle with orchestral textures and soul vocals by Diane Charlemagne. The album's title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece. Inner City Life, a track taken from the album, sold over 15,000 copies on vinyl.
With his reputation firmly established, Price released his second album in 1998, Saturnz Return. The album's opening track, "Mother", is an hour-long orchestral drum and bass piece. The remainder of the album features appearances by David Bowie, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and KRS-One.
In 2002, Price said that he had been working for three years on a film called Sine Tempus, described as a coming-of-age story of a young paintbrush artist, and in 2006 announced its soundtrack as his new album. The album was released via the metalheadz website in 2008. The film is still listed as 'forthcoming'.
Price is also known for his work as the leader of the Rufige Kru. This group has no fixed members; it has included some of most well-known drum and bass producers such as Technical Itch, Heist, Cujo, Agzilla Da Ice, Doc Scott and Rob Playford.
During August and September 2008 the BBC broadcast Maestro, a reality television show in which eight celebrities, including Price, learned to conduct a concert orchestra. Price was placed second, behind Sue Perkins.
Price has starred in Everybody Loves Sunshine (1999) (UK title) AKA B.U.S.T.E.D (US title) with David Bowie.
A young Price appeared on Central Weekend, a Friday evening topical debate show on Central TV, promoting graffiti as an artform. He also appeared on various young peoples TV shows as part of breakdance crew, the Bboys from Wolverhampton. In 1995 he appeared on Passengers as well as a Channel 4 documentary about himself in 1998.
Price also appeared on the second series of Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2002; he was the first celebrity to be "evicted".
He was scheduled to appear in The Games, a UK reality TV show on Channel 4. During training for the water-ski jump event, he fractured his femur, and was unable to take part in the show. He was replaced by Adam Rickitt.
In 2007 Goldie returned to the art world with an art exhibion 'LOVE OVER GOLD' managed by Eddie Lock. which ran at the Leonard street gallery.
Goldie also had an exhibition in Berlin, 13th - 26 June 2008 and has an upcoming show set for 2009 in London