Thursday, December 18, 2008
I'm going through this really weird phase right now where I'm listening to a lot of early 80s alt-pop. Not the usual canonical and enduring stuff like Duran Duran, A Flock of Seagulls, a-ha, that sort of thing; more like the bands that had one or two minor hits in rotation during MTV's infancy, but which pretty much vanished from the face of the pop culture Earth after that.
Expect to see a few of these bands infiltrating the Listening Posts in the coming couple of weeks. Trust me, if you were there for the dawn of MTV's "golden age" it'll really be a blast from the past.
Today, we're talking Golden Earring.
Yeah, they released two of the best driving songs of all-time: Radar Love and Twilight Zone. But for whatever reason this remains the only song of theirs that I still return to every once in a while and still like as much today as I did the first time I heard it.
Plus, this is just a great video. (Come on -- sexually assaulting a nun?)
Here's When the Lady Smiles.