Goldie Lookin Chain is a rap-pop music group based in Newport, South Wales. The group produces humorous, controversial and often explicit songs that satirise hip hop, today's consumer society, the chav culture and life in Newport and South Wales in general.
GLC's first UK Chart Entry was "Half-Man Half-Machine"/"Self Suicide", which reached the top 40. When group member Dwain Xain Zedong was phoned by BBC chart presenter Wes on the Official Chart Show to be informed of this, Xain informed the rest of the band that they had reached number 1, much to the shock of the DJ. "Half-Man Half-Machine" was a surreal song about one of the members (Eggsy) believing he was a robot, dressing up in foil, and going to the shops to buy ten fags and some crisps. The song namechecks many well-known 1980s 8-bit computer systems including Binatone, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64.
In August 2004, the group reached number 3 in the UK singles chart with "Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do". With the tagline "The gun is the tool, the mind is the weapon", this track - again satirising the American hip hop scene - was a popular radio hit. The B-Side was album track "Soapbar". On Radio 1 Chris Moyles did a spoof of this song called ,'Dogs Don't Kill People, Rabbits Do'.
Their first nationally released album was called Greatest Hits, the name a play on both the group's previous lack of commercial success and their "stoner" image; it compiled a mixture of new material and selections from their previous six unofficial albums. It was released in September 2004, and debuted at number 5 in the UK Album Chart. This album was released in May 2005 in the USA with the title "Straight Outta Newport" with cover art similar to NWA's album Straight Outta Compton. However, this version of the album was missing two tracks - "Maggot" and "You Knows I Loves You".
Their next single release was "Your Mother's Got a Penis", with an accompanying video based on a supermarket theme. "Your Mother's Got a Penis" first appeared on their album The Manifesto, and reached #14 in the UK. This song is based on a sample of Yellow Magic Orchestra's' 1980 track "Behind The Mask", later covered by Eric Clapton in 1987.
The band - informally known as "the Chain" or simply "the GLC" - released, "You Knows I Loves You", a parody of 1980s love songs from the albums Greatest Hits and The Manifesto, on 13 December 2004; this reached number 22 in the UK chart. "Your Missus Is A Nutter" is the first single from second album Safe As Fuck. The album was originally going to be called "Safety In Numbers", a tribute to the album Power in Numbers by alternative L.A. rap group Jurassic 5. The single reached #14 in the UK. They dedicated the song to Victoria Beckham, which resulted in them being summoned by the Newport mayor's office, who also objected to the title of their album, Safe as Fuck.
In 2005, Eggsy appeared on a special music edition of Celebrity Weakest Link, and proved himself to be quite astute despite his stoner image, finishing second to eventual winner Fish (formerly of Marillion).
Shortly before they got dropped by their label, they were on tour with UK rock band Feeder. The tour was postponed until the new year when Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas developed bleeding vocal cords. Then before the tour was rescheduled, the GLC were dropped. They still toured with Feeder when the tour was resumed.
They have also recently taken part in this year's Gumball 3000 doing a DJ set for the pre-race party and taking part in the opening stage in a Bedford Rascal Van.
The GLC released a limited edition album entitled Under the Counter which is a collection of songs made between 2004 and 2006, in early 2008, which is due to be followed in 2009 by ASBO for life.
He is quite recognisable due to his large beard. He claims to have lived for 2000 years and contributes a blog-style record of his and the band's adventures both on tour and in their daily lives on the Goldie Lookin Chain website, known as Mystikals Musings; due to them touring a lot, its updates are infrequent. His real name is Christopher Edge and he has worked in the Newport Passport Office and the Newport Branch of NTL. He frequently raps about Shamanism, being a druid, riding a golden BMX, time travel and alchemy. He is the only non-Welsh member of the band, and grew up in Manchester.
One of the tracks featuring his rap is based on "Englishman In New York" by Sting. Another track has samples from "The Model" by German synth group Kraftwerk. In his rap for the record R'n'B, he name-checks Enya and the track Orinoco Flow. He has also rapped on the intro to a track called "Paranoia" which is based musically on the track "Walking in the Air" from the cartoon The Snowman, which was made famous by fellow Welsh warbler Aled Jones as a young chorister.
He is the only member of The GLC to have an album (Adam Hussain's Truth & Slander) named after him.
Adam's Nan features on one track (Nan Jam) and according to Adam's rap she's 84.
The track "Charmschool" is based on the original theme tune for the 1980s TV show Grange Hill.
Adam is a fan of TV show Spongebob (in its classic incarnation); his favourite character is Patrick Star.
He has also featured on the show Doctor Who Confidential along with other members of the band displaying his large collection of over 250 Doctor Who videos and DVDs.
Adam grew up in a rather affluent area of Leeds (this is not true), which is somewhat at odds with his "Emo" image. He has often spoken of being bullied at school for being good at sports.
His real name is Adam Sadler.
He is recognisable by his wearing of 2 hats (hence his nickname). His nickname is also a play on the British swear word Twats. He fronts the track Shotgun Surgery.
Some people think he looks a bit like British Actor Ralf Little.
His real name is Andrew David.
Recognisable for his abnormal height, as well as appearing on Celebrity Big Brother. Tracks named after him include 'The Maggot', 'Maggot At Midnight', 'Maggot Chant' and 'Maggot's Stand Up'. His name originates from his apparent likeness to a maggot whilst he wore his pink puffer jacket.
His real name is Rhys Hutchings. He is the best looking member of the GLC.
2007-2008 Rhys along with Eggsy presented the drive time show (4-7) week days on XFM South Wales. In June 2008 XFM South Wales was sold to a tin pot cheap company and re-branded "Nation Radio", all the XFM presenters including Rhys and Eggsy were not given shows on Nation Radio as they didn't have enough money to pay the DJs or to advertise the station.
Mike Balls - (AKA Hardest Man In Soccer Violence).
He headlines on tracks such as "Dogporn" and "Mike Balls Unofficial World Cup Anthem".
According to an interview for the online site for S4C (Welsh Channel 4), the animal Mike would most like to be is an octopus. His favourite animal is the cat (he actually hates cats), and his favourite food is crisps. He worked as a barman at the Megabowl in Newport for 7 years.
His real name is Michael Ball
Billy Webb - (AKA Tim Westcountry, DVS, The Optician)
The youngest member of the GLC crew. He normally relies on the other group members to make sure he doesn't get into trouble. In other words, they keep him safe, which is the GLC way of life. It is rumoured that Billy chose or had his nickname chosen from the 80s children's TV show Alfonso Bonzo.
Billy has appeared on the Irish Radio show Q102 (presenter Pete Wilson) speaking about his relations in Ireland, Maggot in Celebrity Big Brother, and the band Sparks because he and Eggsy were pretending to be The Mael Brothers on Big Brother's Little Brother.
Billy is also a fully qualified landscape gardener. He is normally to be seen wearing leisurewear, and is most recognisable by his tennis-style head-bands. His real name is Greg Johnston.
DCI Burnside - He is the real life brother of Billy Webb, his real name is Lee Johnston.
Dipper Nan - He features on the hidden track "Bedsit" with fellow GLC member Maggot.
His real name is Dan Tracey.
Rosco P - Has appeared at several gigs as an unofficial dancer for The GLC.
His nickname comes from the 80s TV show "The Dukes Of Hazzard" after Sheriff Coltrane with the same name. He used to play for Sheffield United's youth team. His real name is Ross Craven.
MC Flatpress - (AKA Dave Cocaine). Appears on the track Soapbar.