By Gary Griffiths, CEO
I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear
When she is lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable comin’ 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
It’s 1973. Long before mobile phones. So long ago that the personal computer was barely a dream in the young mind of Steve Jobs. Or Bill Gates.
But that’s the year Golden Earring released the hit song, “Radar Love.” Even those of you who are not fans of classic rock and don’t remember the Dutch band will probably recognize the driving bongo beat of the song, which the rock blog Metalholic dubbed, “a rock masterpiece, from its hooky chugging bass line, to its simple but unmistakable riffs, to its catchy ‘anthemesque’ chorus. Even the jam which rides the song out is note for note classic.” I agree. This rock stalwart has been covered over 500 times. And it’s held a place on my workout playlist since I purchased my first iPod – three decades after the first vinyl release of Golden Earring’s Moontan album, which featured Radar Love.
But I wonder if George Kooymans, band founder, guitarist and vocalist was prescient, in writing lyrics that sound a lot like Wi-Fi years before it was a reality? Or more likely, had he overdosed on the science fiction movies of the day: Atomic War Bride, Man in the Moon, Beyond the Time Barrier, or The Last Woman on Earth? Well, it doesn’t matter. Cool song. Great lyrics to drive to. Or connect to, while on your $250 Beats By Dre noise-canceling, wireless headphones. Wouldn’t George have loved a pair of those?
Gotta love it.
We’ve got a light in the sky, radar love