Thursday, December 18, 2008

Listening Post

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.


Pants said...

Top 5 all time favourite Golden Earring Songs:

1. I can't sleep without you
2. Twilight Zone
3. Radar Love
4. Another 45 miles
5. Going to the run

Honourable mention: Mood Indigo (but it is actually better in Anouk's version, for whom the song was originally written)

The Golden Earring never really vanished from my sight since they are Dutch and still play a lot of fairs and festivals. They still put on a pretty tight show for a bunch of old dudes...

Amy said...

This is SO early 80's LOL. I've never heard this song before, but I love how "shocking" the video tries to be - but ends up just being funny. I love the nurses dancing the gurney down the hall at the end. Classic!

Duane said...

How apropos. I remember Golden Earring most prominently when they opened for Rush. I can tell you they were an appreciated warm up band despite the fact that the drummer couldn't bounce a stick off his drums to save his life - and he tried an awful lot.

Phil said...

Anyone else think of the Afghan Whigs as Golden Earring 2.0? ...not to take anything away from either band.

Chez said...

Not a chance. I like Golden Earring but the stuff they and the Whigs are in different universes.