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Left - Will Gregory. Right - Alison Goldfrapp
"Before u go and leave this town,
I want to see you one more time,
Put your dirty angel face,
Between my legs and knicker lace."

Goldfrapp are a British electronic duo formed in 1999 by Alison Goldfrapp (vocals/synthesizer) and Will Gregory (synthesizer).

Their style has changed over the years - each album sounds very different to the one before, but roughly speaking, Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree are more subdued (the former is mainly electronic, the latter picks up a Folktronica influence), Supernature and Head First are more danceable (the former being electropop, the latter disco and very 80s-influenced), and Black Cherry seems to split the last two somewhat equally. This can lead to a bit of a Broken Base sometimes.

"Felt Mountain" is known for its trip-hop influences and movie-soundtrack sound, "Black Cherry" as the electro-clash album, "Supernature" as more straightforward electropop (and the first time they integrated electric guitar into their music), "Seventh Tree" as folktronica, "Head First" as 1980s revival disco pop, and Tales Of Us as a blend of Seventh Tree and Felt Mountain.

They have quite a large worldwide fanbase, due to their various styles and frequent commercial usage.

Alison is also known for her work as a session vocalist with Orbital, Tricky, and others. She made her solo debut in 2023 with the album The Love Invention.


Goldfrapp albums:
  • Felt Mountain (2000)
  • Black Cherry (2003)
  • Supernature (2005)
  • Seventh Tree (2008)
  • Head First (2010)
  • The Singles (2012)
  • Tales Of Us (2013)
  • Silver Eye (2017)

Other Goldfrapp works:

  • Wonderful Electric (DVD/CD, 2003)
  • My Summer of Love (soundtrack, 2004)
  • We Are Glitter (remix album, 2006)

Alison's solo albums:

  • The Love Invention (2023)

I'm in love with the trope machine...:

  • Eye Scream: "Little Bird": "Though much to her surprise, he had two mouths for eyes." Way to freak us all out there, guys...
  • The Faceless: Will Gregory doesn't appear in promotional materials or their album covers, and in fact it's easy to forget he's the other member of the band at all (see I Am the Band).
  • Fight Fur Your Right to Party: As mentioned below, a lot of their videos (and live performances) involve people in animal costumes (also related to Surreal Music Video).
  • Furry Confusion: The video for Strict Machine involves dog-headed people, at the end shown to be walking normal dogs.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Black Cherry as compared to Felt Mountain.
    • "Twist" is pretty explicitly about cunnilingus, for example: "Put your dirty angel face / Between my legs and knicker lace". Yeah.
  • I Am the Band: Subverted. Because she is the singer and the band takes her last name, many people assume Alison is a solo artist.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: "Twist" has one of them, and it almost equals the one from "Love To Love You" by Donna Summer.
    • "Slippage" has one too.
  • Incredibly Long Note: "Slippage". That scream is long, drawn out, and utterly ecstatic.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: "Clowns".
  • Intercourse with You: By the truckload (Probably every song on Black Cherry) - "Crystalline Green", "Train", "Twist", "Slippage", "Strict Machine", "Ooh La La", "Little Death", "Hairy Trees"...
  • In the Style of: The song "I Wanna Life" was criticized for sounding like Irene Cara (of Flashdance fame).
  • invokedKeep Circulating the Tapes: There are a few tracks that are very hard to find since they were never released on an album. The most well known- "Little Death", "Sartorius" and "Fondue Knights"- were played during the Felt Mountain era, since Goldfrapp only had the songs from Felt Mountain to play and needed other songs to play at concerts. It's also quite hard to find songs like "White Soft Rope" and "Gone To Earth", which only appeared on singles.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Deer Stop".
  • Lighter and Softer: Seventh Tree was much lighter compared to Supernature.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Every song on Seventh Tree.
    • Notably A&E, which is actually about waking up in the hospital after a drug overdose born of desperation and being ignored by a lover.
    • A version of this appears in the video for "Alive". The video is entirely dark and creepy because the song and lyrics are so bright and happy.
    • "Hairy Trees" is a beautiful, downtempo song with a weird, nonsensical name.
    • "I Wanna Life" is an upbeat disco-y 80s sounding song about someone with a really lonely and unsatisfying life."
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: "Train", "Deer Stop", "You Never Know"
  • Mind Screw: The videos for "Ride A White Horse" and "Alive", the last appearing to be a cross between Xanadu, an exercise video and a Satanic ritual.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alison. Look at any of their music videos and get impressed.
  • New Sound Album: Every single one. From cinematic, spy-film ambience (Felt Mountain), to poppy electroclash (Black Cherry), to 70's glam (Supernature), to soothing folktronica (Seventh Tree), to 80's synthpop (Head First), to atmospheric baroque pop (Tales of Us), and glitchy synthpop (Silver Eye).
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Hairy Trees", "Koko", "Deep Honey", and others.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: One interpretation of "Strict Machine".
  • One-Woman Song: Of the tracks on Tales Of Us, half of them fall under this trope ("Annabel", "Ulla", "Thea", "Simone", "Laurel"), several are instead a Spear Counterpart ("Alvar", "Clay"), some are unisex names ("Drew", "Jo", "Lee" in the deluxe edition) and only one isn't someone's name ("Stranger").
  • The Oner: The music video for "Happiness."
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Happiness", big time.
    Join our group and you will find
    Harmony and peace of mind
    Make you better
    We're here to welcome you
    We're all on a journey to
    Finding the real inner you
    Make you better (make you better)
    We're here to welcome you
    Happiness, how did you get to be
    Happiness, how did you get to find
    Love, real love
    Love, love, love
  • Precision F-Strike: Paper Bag from Felt Mountain opens with the lyric "No time to fuck / But you love the rush".
  • Pretty in Mink: Alison wears a lot of furs.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "How? Long? Now? Honestly, how? Long? Now?" from "You Never Know"
    • To an extent, "Koko".
  • Reprise Medley: "Forever", the second-last track on Black Cherry, has elements of "Crystalline Green" and the Title Track, from the beginning of the album.
  • Retraux: The entirety of Head First is very 80s sounding. "Alive" and "I Wanna Life", in particular.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The music video for "Annabel" is in black and white but the color returns after the titular Annabel — an intersex child who is raised as a boy — receives a sparkling dress from her mother, which signifies that she can be herself.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Slippage"
  • invokedShe Also Did:
    • Alison has done guest vocals for Tricky's song "Pumpkin", and quite a few Orbital songs.
    • They made the soundtrack for Paweł Pawlikowski's lesbian romance film My Summer of Love, incorporating Felt Mountain's "Lovely Head" in it and shaping the rest around the song.
  • Shout-Out: In "I Wanna Life" - "A nowhere bar that's like a TARDIS".
  • Singing Simlish: "Oompa Radar", "Felt Mountain", "Slippage", "Voicething" and "Gone To Earth".
    • Also "Clowns" and "Eat Yourself," which do have lyrics but are barely decipherable.
  • Soprano and Gravel: One of the reason why Goldfrapp is so acclaimed by critics and listeners alike. Alison is able to shift between a low, sonorous, purring croon, to a sexy, high-pitched falsetto.
  • Surreal Music Video: The videos for "Ride A White Horse", "Alive" and "Number 1".
  • Textless Album Cover: Silver Eye is their first album to not have the Goldfrapp logo on the actual artwork. (A removable sticker on the CD case has that information)
  • Train Song: "Train", obviously, though it's more about being a trainwreck.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Touch my garden" from "Hairy Trees".
  • Word Salad Lyrics