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November 27, 2012 8:03 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Ran across this video last night, and just had to post it as a fine travel song for a travel day back to California: Golden Earring performing “Radar Love” in 1977.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • William McLeese on November 27, 2012 11:33 AM:

    Golden Earring is probably thought of as a one-hit wonder by many in the U.S. (A few people may remember their other U.S. hit, "Twilight Zone" in 1981.)

    In their home country of the Netherlands, however, they have had an amazing 50+ year career and are still going strong, with two 1961 founding members still in the group. For awhile "The Golden Earrings" were hyped as the Dutch answer to the Beatles, and their sixties recordings have a definite Merseybeat feel to them. They later moved on to their current hard rock sound.

    I caught them live in Belgium around 1999 and thought they were fantastic. Unfortunately, I don't think they tour much outside northern Europe. The readily available CD "The Continuing Story of Radar Love" is a good intro to their mature work. I Particularly like "She Flies on Strange Wings."

  • punaise on November 27, 2012 12:17 PM:

    @ William: Thanks for the background; I haven't heard much else by GE.

    Another good Dutch band from that era: the more progressive Nektar. I recently re-listened to "Remember the Future" after a decades-long hiatus and found that it has aged well, for the most part (save for some droner segments).
    Focus also had some great songs in the 70s.

  • William McLeese on November 27, 2012 1:51 PM:

    Thanks. I'm familiar with Focus but don't know much about Nektar - will keep an eye out for them.

    I lived in NL during the seventies and eighties and my favorite Dutch group was Gruppo Sportivo. Bright melodic pop rock with a female chorus and a Zappa-like satiric edge. Worth seeking out.

  • punaise on November 27, 2012 3:03 PM:

    oops, my bad: Nektar is German!


    thanks for the recommendations.