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Golden Earring — Radar Love
Album: Moontan
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 1949









Released: 1973
Length: 6:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel
There's a voice in my head that drives my heel
It's my baby calling, says "I need you here"
And it's a half past four and I'm shifting gear

When she is lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable coming in from above
Don't need no phone at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a wave in the air
Radar love

The radio is playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's "Coming On Strong"
The road has got me hypnotized
And I'm speeding into a new sunrise

When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough
She sends her comfort coming in from above
We don't need no letter at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a line in the sky
Radar love

No more speed, I'm almost there
Gotta keep cool now, gotta take care
Last car to pass, here I go
And the line of cars goes down real slow

And the radio played that forgotten song
Brenda Lee's "Coming On Strong"
And the newsman sang his same song
Oh, one more radar lover gone

When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough
She sends her comfort coming in from above
We don't need no letter at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a line in the sky
We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a thing that's called
Radar love
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 On_The_Beach wrote:

I love this song, and I don't think the lads would be offended by my goofy quip. Cheers, palatin8.
 
Cheers, you're right.

2.000 drummers on the beach
 njegbers wrote:

The guitarist and the bassplayer are from the original line up from 1962. Since then there were 3 different drummers, and 2 singers, an additional guitarist and a keyboard player. The oldest existing rock band with original members is ZZ Top, since 1969.
 

Thanks for clarification. Even me is too young, it seems. Can't remember anything before Barry and Cesar were there, thought they always have been.
 drewd wrote:

Wow!! I always thought is was reveille is comin on strong until now!!! LOL!!
 

aww crap, I always thought it was 'graduu lee it's coming on strong'
I'm air drumming to this one!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Wow, for 36 years I thought it was, "...ramble need's comin' on strong!"
 
Wow!! I always thought is was reveille is comin on strong until now!!! LOL!!
Hit the road Jack.
7>8
(due to album cover)
I was in a bar in San Francisco back in 1991, there was a 3 piece cover band doing 70's stuff. One of the most incredible cover bands I ever saw. They did this and just nailed it. How they got that much sound and energy out of three guys astounded me. Every time I've heard the song since then I think about that experience. Will always be special for me.
yessssssssss.  Awesome!!!!!!!
 palatin8 wrote:
Pay some respect, on_the_beach! Just because you are jaded by classic rock radio doesn't mean they hadn't wonderful albums over the course of decades. It's the oldest existing rock band with original members, I guess, never split since the early sixties.
 
The guitarist and the bassplayer are from the original line up from 1962. Since then there were 3 different drummers, and 2 singers, an additional guitarist and a keyboard player. The oldest existing rock band with original members is ZZ Top, since 1969.
Wow, for 36 years I thought it was, "...ramble need's comin' on strong!"
way too overplayed
 Fred_Hatman wrote:
Classic track. Takes me right back to stealing my dad's car, getting drunk at the local hotel and gunning the Chevy through the black velvet night. To nowhere. And back. To a good ear-bashing.
 
What what what?!
I like driving, I missed... you killing me bad.
Dutch Rock rocks 
 davidbrace61 wrote:
Oh ya... the best Drrrivvvvving song ever!

Ya boyyyy!

 
I wouldn't say that. I can think of many other tracks that leave this at the highway entrance but I can see why you'd proclaim this the king of the drivies.

On my initial hearing many years ago, I misheard. I thought he sang 'nude sunrise.' Of course, that was a bit titillating but totally senseless.

I've heard this a zillion times. Of course it was an FM staple. It's never too old because it's always been unusual and unique and at least it wasn't another another another torture session of Rocket Piano Space Oditty Man . 
 davidbrace61 wrote:
Oh ya... the best Drrrivvvvving song ever!

Ya boyyyy!

 

Oh ya... the best Drrrivvvvving song ever!

Ya boyyyy!

I love this song with a crazy, crazy love.
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! bought the original album the moon tan version still digging it now and then and recall candy goin bad
I wonder how many people told the cop they were listening to Radar Love while speeding and got off?
 palatin8 wrote:
Pay some respect, on_the_beach! Just because you are jaded by classic rock radio doesn't mean they hadn't wonderful albums over the course of decades. It's the oldest existing rock band with original members, I guess, never split since the early sixties.
 
I love this song, and I don't think the lads would be offended by my goofy quip. Cheers, palatin8.
Pay some respect, on_the_beach! Just because you are jaded by classic rock radio doesn't mean they hadn't wonderful albums over the course of decades. It's the oldest existing rock band with original members, I guess, never split since the early sixties.
Just found out their prostate medication is covered by insurance:

 
palatin8 wrote:
Still kicking and coming on strong ...

Golden Earring October 07 2015 show photo Eindhoven made by Cindy Tuijtelaars

 

 thewiseking wrote:
So, are we gonna hear the Scorpions next?

 
If only we were so lucky!!  I like these classic rock gems, and having stopped listening to FM radio for the last 12 months, hearing them on RP once in awhile is OK with me.  I've rated this one a 9 and I'm not looking behind!!  LLRP!!
Not too many better driving songs! Another solid album of theirs that flies under the radar love is Switch.
Ok mannen, volle gas!!!!
So, are we gonna hear the Scorpions next?
Wow, haven't heard this in about a day or so.  
haha!  nice segue Bill!

My mind had already drifted into this song form Chris Isaak's "Gone Ridin"...   {#Smile}
Still kicking and coming on strong ...

Golden Earring October 07 2015 show photo Eindhoven made by Cindy Tuijtelaars
Play Candy's Gone Bad instead.  Sheesh.
I have memories of selecting this to play on a jukebox in a pub in Douglas on the Isle of Man in 1975. It had already been a hit by then but still sounded good a couple of years later.

Still sounds good today to my ears :)

 
            
 This song is epic in my humble memory bank

Do you collect Sears Catalogs Proclivities?  holy smokes, look it's a Hazard County boy and the mystery-genus 70's Show kid

Proclivities
 wrote:

I heard it pretty often back then, but not as frequently as "Tie A Yellow Ribbon", "Crocodile Rock", or "Diamond Girl".
70s

 

 twoplain2sea wrote:
    Best                 Pigs 3.3
   Latest              : golden earring
   Demanding:        Nuclear
   Latest:               Minor tough.

It was long ago, my love, my radar love  was in front of Roman St. Basilica. The other day, she was near Pyrenees, and needed some help I guess. Local news said it was around 4 AM, Last night she came as the friendly old lady from local church.She was volunteering at school cross-walk-talk.Guiding the kids safely home.
 
One of these days, perhaps, I will understand your posts.  Until then, I will enjoy their cryptic qualities and mull over the potential interpretations with good Scotch whisky.
 Caravan66 wrote:
Moontan and Switch - two very underrated albums. 10/10 imho.

 
Yes.  Both great albums.  Have the British vinyl pressing of Moontan.  This version sounds a little off from what my ears are used to.

Got to see them when they toured for Switch.  A most excellent show in a small hall, the Allen Theatre in Cleveland.

The European version of the cover.

 
 fredriley wrote:
I've always wondered: who's Brandon Leaves, and why's he coming on strong?

  That's funny, but even worse, I thought he was "spinnin' to a nude sunrise.

The joys of low-fi, amplitude modulation radio.


Moontan and Switch - two very underrated albums. 10/10 imho.
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Who else grew up in a town where this was played incessantly?

It rocks. Just wishing it was new to me. 

 
I heard it pretty often back then, but not as frequently as "Tie A Yellow Ribbon", "Crocodile Rock", or "Diamond Girl".
70s
 ojibwe wrote:
Some songs just rock.

This is one of those. 

 
Perfect

Moontan - some other good material from Golden Earring. Worth a look and maybe a play on RP, Bill?
Some songs just rock.

This is one of those. 
Who else grew up in a town where this was played incessantly?

It rocks. Just wishing it was new to me. 
Hee , Jitske en vanmas, komen jullie uit leien dan? of zijn jullie studenten uit Friesland? Ik woon en Den Haag en ben de heren van de Earring wel eens tegengekomen.. Pieter Koelmans Den Haag  ( pkoelmans@ziggo.nl)

 
 fredriley wrote:
I've always wondered: who's Brandon Leaves, and why's he coming on strong?

 

Here's the answer:

 
I've always wondered: who's Brandon Leaves, and why's he coming on strong?
 Jitskeharm wrote:
Always nice to hear those rockers from The Hague, the Netherlands. And still going strong!!

 
Yes!
Always nice to hear those rockers from The Hague, the Netherlands. And still going strong!!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
Sorry RP, I thought you were better than the "Classic Rock" BS this song is representative. A 5. Why?
 
Oh, puh-leez.
From the "I'm too cool for anything that's popular" school of criticism.
This song rawks!
Sorry RP, I thought you were better than the "Classic Rock" BS this song is representative. A 5. Why?
I'm pretty sure that "Top Gear" fans voted this the best driving song of all time. Can't disagree.
Cranked way up to the dismay of my teenage sons! 
I got tired of it back in 73 but when it comes on I turn it up.
Overplayed or not, it's still a half-decent tune.
Hey, BG, that was a fun drum beat segue !!

and this is such a classic tune. 
    Best                 Pigs 3.3
   Latest              : golden earring
   Demanding:        Nuclear
   Latest:               Minor tough.

It was long ago, my love, my radar love  was in front of Roman St. Basilica. The other day, she was near Pyrenees, and needed some help I guess. Local news said it was around 4 AM, Last night she came as the friendly old lady from local church.She was volunteering at school cross-walk-talk.Guiding the kids safely home.
This and  Golden Earring's version of 'Eight Miles High' always gets me rocking!
Top of the Pops 1973 - watch out for the flying drummer at the end!!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aarvue5cQ3Y
this song was an automatic radio dial changer "back in the day"

i hate that "day" line as much as this song

 
I just love this track so much, always have always will.
 alaskan_listener wrote:
the playlist rocks so much these days I had to contribute.  I felt guilty listening for free when its so damn good!

 
Exactly - a small contribution unlocks a storm of great music (and some duds... but not this)

On_The_Beach
(Vancouver BC, Bud)

cool (heh heh)
Remember seeing them live and doing this song at the Croydon Greyhound circa 74/5. 

Much head banging was going on. . . and I remember leaving the gig with a drumstick (which is not an euphemism for a thin bird. . . it was a real drumstick)

Edit: ha ha! - Google pointed me here - https://www.songkick.com/concerts/476350-golden-earring-at-greyhound-hotel and apparently I was there 3rd March 1974. 


It's pretty much impossible to drive less than 90 mph when this song comes on.
 Typesbad wrote:
One shouldn't sext while driving.

 
I guess it depends what one is "driving".
One shouldn't sext while driving.
the playlist rocks so much these days I had to contribute.  I felt guilty listening for free when its so damn good!
Radar love means either one.
 pkoelmans wrote:
I'm proud to say that they are a indeed a Dutch band from the city where I live named "The Hague" on the west coast of Holland.
I'll never forget that on the day I came back home from my graduation day in 1973 this song was on the radio I was so happy I put it on top volume and played air drums all the way through!
The drummer Caesar Zuiderwijk gives drum seminars nowadays beside still playing in Golden Earring.( In correct English it should be Gold Earring,shouldn't it? but OK there double Dutch aren't they like all of us.)

Pieter Koelmans 
The Hague. 
The Netherlands.
pkoelmans@ziggo.nl
Nielz wrote:

.. And still are in fact

 
Oké Niels, good memories with this track. George has his studio a few miles over the Belgian border. Greetings from Breda
 


Clever slip from Chris Isaak.  I like your style, Mr & Mrs G.
An instant 11.
{#Bananajam}Dutch pride from The Hague. Got a demo from their drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk some years ago.
fun guy and really good!  
That groove.. very nice {#Bananajam}
But the chorus etc.. hmm
{#Bananajam}{#Guitarist}
yep, an excellent track.  There is a very good extended version out there too which makes it an even better track to drive too. 
Always one of my favorite road-trip songs!
A dutch classic{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 Aud wrote:


and then he keeps the pulse going with Muse

 
That. Really. Works. 
three young guys nodding heads rapidly
 meinthecorner wrote:
Killer segue, Bill, from Chris Isaak-Gone Ridin' to this…you no slouch, Dude!
 

 

and then he keeps the pulse going with Muse
Killer segue, Bill, from Chris Isaak-Gone Ridin' to this…you no slouch, Dude!
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Time-machine rock! Takes me back to the days of Edgar Winter's Frankenstein on FM and lots of cool, extravagant & exuberant tunes!

 
YESSS!
Just what I needed to wake me on a very tired Wednesday while sat at my desk trying to focus on some dull work.
Thanks!
a song about escapism followed by this song about being connected to one person forever.
Time-machine rock! Takes me back to the days of Edgar Winter's Frankenstein on FM and lots of cool, extravagant & exuberant tunes!
 lasker98 wrote:
Simple Minds "Alive and Kicking":   7.4 rating

This: 7.3 rating

I guess ratings don't mean anything after all.

 
Simple Minds actually 7.5 after 263 rates. 

Golden Earring 7.3 after 593 rates.

I'm sure it means something.  Maybe that they are both pretty good songs according to the listeners on this station??

Thanks Bill & Rebecca!


 lasker98 wrote:
Simple Minds "Alive and Kicking":   7.4 rating

This: 7.3 rating

I guess ratings don't mean anything after all.

 
Touché !!!
When she is lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable coming in from above
Don't need no phone at all
We've got a thing that's called radar love


... so that's why it's called cable.  Rock and Roll baby!
Simple Minds "Alive and Kicking":   7.4 rating

This: 7.3 rating

I guess ratings don't mean anything after all.
{#Cool} Reminds me of some good times!
Dang but the 70.s were a strange time

treatment_bound wrote:
Nice segue, but I was hoping it was the intro. from this song from the same era instead:


The Sweet,The Ballroom Blitz,Italy,Deleted,7


Are you ready, Steve?




 


 treatment_bound wrote:
Nice segue, but I was hoping it was the intro. from this song from the same era instead:


The Sweet,The Ballroom Blitz,Italy,Deleted,7


Are you ready, Steve?




  Supersonic? The italian radio transmission of '70? Wow... So in the picture above this is italian cover of the single {#Daisy}


Nice segue, but I was hoping it was the intro. from this song from the same era instead:


The Sweet,The Ballroom Blitz,Italy,Deleted,7


Are you ready, Steve?



 k1j2cat wrote:
Love that segue you do Bill - from Gone Ridin' by Isaak to this - cool!

 
Damn that was good!

Hats off Mr. Bill


{#Bananapiano}...... yes, thanks Bill
I'm proud to say that they are a indeed a Dutch band from the city where I live named "The Hague" on the west coast of Holland.
I'll never forget that on the day I came back home from my graduation day in 1973 this song was on the radio I was so happy I put it on top volume and played air drums all the way through!
The drummer Caesar Zuiderwijk gives drum seminars nowadays beside still playing in Golden Earring.( In correct English it should be Gold Earring,shouldn't it? but OK there double Dutch aren't they like all of us.)

Pieter Koelmans 
The Hague. 
The Netherlands.
pkoelmans@ziggo.nl


Nielz wrote:

.. And still are in fact

 


 k1j2cat wrote:
Love that segue you do Bill - from Gone Ridin' by Isaak to this - cool!

 
Yep, I'll second that - a seamless segue. The art of the DJ remains alive whilst Bill's at the decks.

This song takes me way back to the 70s, where it was a breath of fresh air compared to the bloated baroque bolleaux that dominated the charts in those days. The drumming really makes this song the classic that it is. A shame that Golden Earring didn't have any other hits (that I can remember, at least), but I suspect that this one will continue to be played for a few decades more. Plain, unardorned, spare, driving rock. 8 from the nostalgic Nottingham jury.
Sorry, but this one just doesn't hold up to time.  It sounds tired and long past its expiration date.
 k1j2cat wrote:
Love that segue you do Bill - from Gone Ridin' by Isaak to this - cool!

 
yes...yes...quite well done.
Love that segue you do Bill - from Gone Ridin' by Isaak to this - cool!
 theking2 wrote: 
Weren't they a dutch rock band?
 
.. And still are in fact
 Doogie wrote:
Had to get in my car and crank it {#Motor}

 
Love that icon!!
Love the reference to Brenda Lee; she could really sing! Yes, great set list today; lot of fun and memories today
Best driving song EVAR!
Had to get in my car and crank it {#Motor}
Great segue from Chris Isaak's "Gone Ridin'"!
Nice set today...
 domreo wrote:
Just my 2 cents for those that only know the band through this song... If you're inclined, go back and listen to a couple of other songs on Moontan (while admiring the original cover art, not the one here) "Candy's Going Bad", "Are You Receiving Me", and the full sublime 9:16 of "Vanilla Queen".  Also Side One of their album 'Switch' has "Intro: Plus Minus Absurdio", "Love Is a Rodeo", "The Switch", and the intense "Kill Me (Ce Soir)".

 
They should also listen to the songs "She flies on strange wings", "Bombay" and, last but absolutely not least, "Sleepwalkin' "...!!



I prefer the White Lion version myself. Though their video is so crappy.........
 {#Motor}Tamster wrote:
{#Motor}

 


{#Motor}
Top 50 list of my life for sure!!!!!
I was listening to this the other week while driving through the mountains north of LA.  It's great song for driving along a twisty road.
 aelfheld wrote:
Whose ears is the question.
 

groovy people's ears...  love this song...  we be dancing...
 z11355 wrote:
And the cockatoo is dancing wildly  {#Dancingbanana}

 
There's something I would like to see! Youtube it?
Really...?...

     {#Beat}
A real sing right along song.....outstanding....
Weren't they a dutch rock band?