Music: Golden Earring

Golden Earring is a Dutch Hard Rock band formed in 1961 that is still together and touring today, making them the longest runner when it comes to Rock music. They had two big hits with "Radar Love" (1973) and "Twilight Zone" (1982) and enjoyed general international success in the '70s and '80s.

Band members

  • Barry Hay - Vocals
  • George Kooymans - Vocals and Guitar
  • Rinus Gerritsen - Bass
  • Cesar Zuiderwijk - Drums


  • Just Earrings (1965)
  • Winter-Harvest (1966)
  • Miracle Mirror (1967)
  • On the Double (1968)
  • Eight Miles High (1969)
  • Golden Earring (a.k.a. Wall of Dolls) (1970)
  • Seven Tears (1971)
  • Together (1972)
  • Moontan (1973)
  • Switch (1975)
  • To the Hilt (1976)
  • Contrabandnote  (1976)
  • Grab It for a Second (1978)
  • No Promises...No Debts (1979)
  • Prisoner of the Night (1980)
  • Cut (1982)
  • N.E.W.S. (1984)
  • The Hole (1986)
  • Keeper of the Flame (1989)
  • Bloody Buccaneers (1991)
  • Face It (1994)
  • Love Sweat (1995)
  • Paradise in Distress (1999)
  • Millbrook U.S.A. (2003)


  • Cover Album: Love Sweat.
  • Double Meaning: The "Brenda Lee's comin' on strong" line from "Radar Love" can be interpreted two ways: 1) The Brenda Lee song on the radio is "coming on strong" i.e. loud and clear or 2) The Brenda Lee song "Coming On Strong" is playing on the radio.
  • Epic Rocking: Over the 8-minute mark:
    • "Eight Miles High", (19:00) from Eight Miles High.
    • "Vanilla Queen", (9:21) "Big Tree, Blue Sea" (8:15) and "Are You Receiving Me" (9:33) from Moontan.
    • "Violins" (10:21) from To The Hilt.
  • Hard Rock: This has defined them over the decades, although they initially had a more pop-ish sound and sometimes tended toward a more Psychedelic sound.
  • Long Runner Line Up: Two of the current four were the founding members in '61, Hay joined in '68 and Zuiderwijk joined in '70, giving them a stable lineup lasting for over four decades.
  • Long Runners: The band was founded in 1961 and is still intact today.
  • Mindlink Mates: "Radar Love"
  • Shout-Out: "Radar Love" has one to singer Brenda Lee:
    Radio playin' some forgotten song
    Brenda Lee's comin' on strong.note 
  • Signature Song: "Radar Love" or "Twilight Zone" fulfill this role, more likely the former than the latter.
  • Villainous BSOD: An interpretation of "Twilight Zone".
  • When She Smiles: This is a central theme of one of their lesser hits, "When The Lady Smiles".