10 Essential Golden Earring Songs That Will Take You Back
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Golden Earring might pass as an underdog band in foreign countries like the US and the UK, but for their Dutch homeland, they were pretty intense and incredibly famous. Formed in 1961, the group had undergone multiple personnel changes until the 70s, when the classic line-up of George Kooymans (vocals and guitar), Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboards), Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion), and Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute, and saxophone) was established. Inside their lengthy career, they released 25 albums with numerous singles to top it all that. Below, we’ll take you on a trip down memory lane with these 10 Golden Earring songs to define their legacy.
“Radar Love” – Moontan (1973)
“Radar Love” proved to be the song that defined the whole career of this Dutch rock band. It’s Golden Earring’s most famous song and the one who catapulted them to worldwide success. It’s the perfect pop-rock jam that you could ever imagine.
“Twilight Zone” – Cut (1982)
This 80s hit from the band pays tribute to the 60s television series entitled “The Twilight Zone,” thus where the name came from. This no. 1 hit in America was written by Kooymans, after being inspired by Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity.”
“Don’t Wanna Lose The Girl” – Winter Harvest (1967)
Still sticking to their own definition of Beatle influence, “Don’t Wanna Lose The Girl” is the fourth track from their sophomore LP. It has a thin arrangement with gorgeous harmonies swirling around it.
“Temporary Madness” – Bloody Buccaneers (1991)
Bloody Buccaneers serves as the 20th album from the Dutch rock band. At this moment, newfound bands like Nirvana ruled the world, but never in the Dutch Charts as they catered their very own product.
“That Day” – Single (1966)
Golden Earring’s “That Day” never reached the light of the day in any foreign country. Although, the song is extremely successful in the Netherlands, placing at the no. 2 spot on the charts.
“Back Home” – Golden Earring (1970)
Approaching the 70s, we have their self-titled LP. “Back Home” from this album is big in their native land.
“Still Got The Keys Of My First Cadillac” – Tits ‘n Ass (2012)
After almost 10 years since the release of their Millbrook USA, Golden Earring released their latest and final album in 2012. All of T&A’s songs are written by Barry Hay and George Kooymans.
“Candy’s Going Bad” – Moontan (1973)
This essential fan-favorite track belongs to Golden Earring’s most successful album in the US. “Candy’s Going Bad” is the opening track for the European LP version.
“I Am A Fool” – Just Ear-rings (1965)
Clearly, a song that defines the music in the 60s, “I Am A Fool” could almost pass as an early Beatles song, with its style and manner. Still looking for their own unique tone, they were scrapping the remnants of the old British invasion music.
“Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong” – Single (1968)
Among the band’s greatest hits in their beloved Netherlands, “Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong” is a show-stopper single for the group. The song catapulted the band to national stardom.