Australian charts: 1974
The song by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring is written from the point of view of a car or truck driver who says he has some sort of psychic relationship with his girlfriend – “radar love”. He has sensed that she urgently wants him to be with her, which makes him reckless.
Hay explains that no idea was off-limits, which also contributed to the inventive structure of “Radar Love.” “The arrangement, the horns and everything, was all kind of accidental in a way,” he says. “The horn section just sort of put meat on the song. We asked Eelco (Gelling), who was a band member for a while, to put a slide guitar in the chorus. There was never a moment where we came up with an idea and said, ‘Nah.’ It was always like, ‘Yeah, that’s great,’ and it went on like that. I’m still really surprised because sometimes you have to fight to get something right.”
Radar Love peaked at no 10 on the Kent Music Report in September 1974.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
Radar Love from a 2015 episode of RocKwiz recorded at the Espy: Vika and Linda Bull, Megan Washington, Jess Cornelius from Teeth and Tongue, Lou and Phoebe from Alpine, and the RocKwiz Orkestra.
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