Golden Earring – Radar Love | The story behind the song | Top 2000 a gogo

Golden Earring – Radar Love | The story behind the song | Top 2000 a gogo


Immediately make me drive faster, works every time It is not the music on its own that works, it is not the lyrics on it own that works. It’s the combination that is very good; it’s just right it fits. If it had been about a guy in a bathtub who accidentally electrocuted himself with an electric heater, then I doubt it would have been so successful The thought behind the lyrics is purely that everyone can identify with it, you know? That dude drives himself to pieces. Initially I thought that was a bit sad, but I found it added drama matching the music, which is also dramatic in places. But then I kind of made up for it by adding ESP, you know? He’s still connected with his lover, even in the afterlife. For me back then that added a beautiful thought. That was pretty daring for us, because we didn’t usually just did bass and drums like that. But it originally was just intended as a guitar… Well, when George came with his idea for the song, he played this chord… more or less like this then you get the chorus Those were all melodies that were already there. I really like this bit.. just happens once, inbetween.. like, what is that? We still do stuff like that, intuitively. In the middle there was suddenly a hiatus, So then uh… added in something like this. It’s just wordplay “Brenda Lee, Comin’ On Strong” I like “I’m Sorry” a lot more, but I couldn’t have sung “the radio is playing some forgotten song. Brenda Lee, I’m Sorry” it wouldn’t have worked. But why Brenda Lee? Oh, she just.. she was my mother’s favourite singer I was raised with that These songs I heard when coming home from school. My mom would be listening while smoking a cigarette on the couch, haha, and a glass of wine, and I loved this music! I just got it. I remember that we were inspired by Santana’s style at the time, that grand “DOW-DOW-DOW” with a lot of cymbals and stuff and percussion. That was really the idea of how we started the intro, like.. that drawn out aspect

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  1. Since this song is internationally famous, I decided to give translating the interviews a shot for the non-Dutch fans:
    0:45 Barry: Immediately make me drive faster, works every time

    1:20 It is not the music on its own that works, it is not the lyrics on it own that works. It's the combination that is very good; it's just right, it fits. If it had been about a guy in a bathtub who accidentally electrocuted himself with an electric heater, then I doubt it would have been so successful. The thought behind the lyrics is purely that everyone can identify with it, you know? That dude drives himself to pieces. Initially I thought that was a bit sad, but I found it added drama matching the music, which is also dramatic in places. But then I kind of made up for it by adding ESP, you know? He's still connected with his lover, even in the afterlife. For me back then that added a beautiful thought.

    2:16 Rinus: That was pretty daring for us, because we didn't usually just did bass and drums like that. (But it originally was just intended as a guitar…) Well, when George came with his idea for the song, he played this chord… more or less like this.

    George: "I've been driving all night, my hand's wet on the wheel", and then you get the chorus "When she get's lonely and the longing get's too much". Those were all melodies that were already there.

    3:06 Barry: I really like this bit.. just happens once, inbetween.. like, what is that? We still do stuff like that, intuitively.

    Cesar: In the middle there was suddenly a hiatus, so then uh… added in something like this.

    3:54 It's just wordplay, "Brenda Lee, Coming On Strong", you know. I like "I'm Sorry" a lot more, but I couldn't have sung "the radio is playing some forgotten song. Brenda Lee, I'm Sorry", it wouldn't have worked. (But why Brenda Lee?) Oh, she just.. she was my mother's favourite singer, I was raised with that. These songs I heard when coming home from school. My mom would be listening while smoking a cigarette on the couch, haha, and a glass of wine, and I loved this music! I just got it.

    4:43 Rinus: I remember that we were inspired by Santana's style at the time, that grand "DOW-DOW-DOW" with a lot of cymbals and stuff and percussion. That was really the idea of how we started the intro, like.. <plays intro>, that drawn out aspect

  2. One of the few Dutch bands that truly had (has) worldwide appeal. Nice to see short-time member Eelco Gelling in the background at 0:55

  3. Oh NTR… wat voor schatten aan opnames heeft de NPO allemaal liggen van deze pracht band.
    Verras de liefhebbers en post ze op YouTube.
    Verstoffen is zonde zeg ik altijd.

  4. One of the most underrated bands, one of the best driving songs! And, after all these years, they still have the same original members. Do one on Twilight Zone.

  5. Unforgettable composition and performance. Deserved to do even better on the single charts than it did. Talent in droves.

  6. At 16, just started to drive myself and buddies back and forth to work and different highs schools. 1973, in my beat '55 Bel Air. FM Converter and new speakers. Radar Love, Life, at its best.

  7. One of the songs of my youth. I remember them playing the town hall Birmingham uk. We saw them and then helped the roadies load afterwards so we could get to meet the band then. Great.

  8. One of my favorite late night driving songs racing across the back roads of NM and TX. 4 barrel wide open, 390 howling under the hood of my 67 Mustang, good times!

  9. If you havn't heard the Album "Moontan" from which this song is off, you should, it's absolutley amazing, the Band sounds like it's in the room with you as well.

  10. I seen these guys in the 70's. They looked like they were having fun… I seen the same thing when Nazareth was an opening act playing, Hair of the Dog..

  11. In junior high school (1973), all the kids from my school would go to the new indoor mall across the street and hang out after school. There was a pinball (and very early video game) arcade at the mall, that had a back room, lined with benches. The walls were painted purple and they were lit up with blacklights with multicolored blacklight posters all over the walls. There was a nice, new, booming juke box with good sound, in the corner of the room. It was a large open booth with no doors or windows, but the corners of the room offered some degree of privacy. Basically, it was the make out room and only couples hung out in there. The jukebox was always nice and loud and it filled the entire arcade with constant music. Radar Love was one of the top choices on the jukebox. It was played several times per day. You couldn't go to that arcade for an hour, without hearing Radar Love. I never got tired of hearing the great selections on that jukebox. It was mostly late 60s and early 70s Hard Rock, mixed with early 70s Pop hits and a bit of Funk and Soul. We also paid for some of the slower song selections with our quarters, so that we could make out to the music with the hot chicks from our school. They were young, tanned, pretty little Southern California "foxes" with sun bleached, feathered hairstyles. They wore tight fitting tube tops, skin tight, white, low-rise Ditto jeans and white Puka shell necklaces that glowed against their suntanned skin. They smelled of bubblegum flavored lipstick, cocoa butter tanning lotion and Strawberry Herbal Essence shampoo. Damn! No wonder I always liked this song.

  12. Cut was another album without a bad song on it……….loved it so much I bought it as an import before being released here in the states.

  13. Best dam band Holland ever produced…..ah wait that's kinda a "left" handed compliment : ) Fantastic band no matter where they're from…

  14. Het nummer gaat over telepathie en hoe dat mogelijk is tussen twee mensen die zo ontzettend diep van elkaar houden dat ze ervoor open staan. Ik heb het zelf meegemaakt. En 3 x raden wat er op nummer 1 stond toen ik geboren was? September 1973…? Dit nummer… Wow ❤️

  15. Vor 2 wochen auf dem Nildampfer in Agypten.  Letste abend deutshe abend. Nog ein nummer sagt der dj. Alle sind schon weg und da stehe ich. Was hore ich jetzt? Was ist das fur ein lied? Was ist das fur ein band? Was ist das fur musik?  Was ist das fur ein nummer? Sieben minuten kalte rillungen und gänsehaut zugleicherzeit. Dann hat der dj  (Agyptenar) mir eine Zettel in die Hánde gedruckt. Darauf stand nur City Am Fenster.  Jetzt bin ich wieder zuhause und jetzt weiss ICH was ich gehört habe.  Und ganz Limburg  (ich wohne an die grenze) zuerst und dann ganz Holland wird bald wissen was ICH gehört habe. Hab mich ein bischen mühe getan  und vorgesteren  hat man es schon gedreht lokale Rundfunk.
    Und Marvin Metag aus Berlin vom band Vibrant Arm, warum hast du mir voriges Jahr als du hier gespielt hast niemals was erzählt von City? Wir haben doch solange über Musik gesprochen?  Und Matthias Reim, verdammt ich lieb dich (noch). Aber würdest du sowas niemals mehr tun.

      Und City!  Wann spielen sie wieder live?  Im Frühling oder im Sommer?  Ich komme!!!   Grüsst euch Rob van Velzen aus  Holland.

  16. I watched it even though I had no idea what they were saying but because music is a universal language I think I got the gist of it.

  17. I used to be a policeman. I told my fellow officers that if I ever pulled someone over for speeding, and they said, "I'm sorry Officer, Radar Love was on the Radio," I would have to just let them go. There's something about that killer beat that makes you have to push that pedal.

  18. When the Lady Smiles didn’t work out so well in in interpretation though, especially the video part. I liked the song but kinda understood why many of the early snowflakes got so triggered. I was glad to hear these guys back on the scene, strong as ever, and got pretty bummed about that whole deal.

  19. Golden Earring speelt niet op een lullig niveau.

    Cesar Zuiderwijk wordt zelfs genoemd in een video door Terry Bozzio!!! (Black Page Frank Zappa).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoeFXJsxJI&t=866s

    Jongens zet hem op op PinkPop Golden Earring is rock 'n roll!!!

  20. So many great great studio albums,especially Grab it for a second,Bloody Buccaneers,Cut,Paradise in Distress,etc, and the 77 live album,this song is great ,but so much better stuff from them,and aside from U2 and Z.Z. Top.all original members(sort of)for 53 + years,current line up since 1969 or 70,NO band in history can say that

  21. wow this band sucks dick. lol. i know they are old but even the old videos suck. dude cant sing, they cant play for shit either.

  22. I wish YouTube had a built-in translator on the app so I could switch over to English because I don't understand a word they're saying until they sing! Lol!

  23. The Dutch have created so much great rock and pop music. Golden Earring is among the best rock bands in the world, and I am so glad to see them happy and performing their fantastic music today. You can see that they are talented musicians who love rock. Kindest regards from America !

  24. One of my favorite songs ever, up there with Leave It by Yes, Ammonia Avenue by The Alan Parsons Project and such.

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