One of the biggest and most enduring hits for Ash, "Goldfinger" was written by lead singer Tim Wheeler when he was still a teenager. In a Songfacts interview with Wheeler
, he told the story: "When I was writing that, I was just finishing school and the band was just taking off. So, I was kind of leaving behind my provincial life in Northern Ireland. We were recording that record in Monmouth in Wales, which is quite a similar town to my hometown, Downpatrick. Just a small town with not much going on and not much in the way of escape. Probably the main way people would escape would be smoking hash and stuff like that - drinking.
That kind of a town was the kind of place I was imagining because, in a way, it's slightly romantic to me because I was leaving it behind. So, I was kind of writing about that.
As I was writing it my younger brother was going back to school, and I was like, 'S--t, I've left that behind, I'm never going back to that.' So, I just wrote this little romance story in this small, s--tty town. I was maybe imagining like a young drug dealer and his girl in the song."