Australian singles charts:
Radar Love entered the Kent Music Report on 29 July 1974 and peaked at #10. The song was #56 on the Top 100 of 1974.
The song is on Moontan which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 19 August 1974 and peaked at #13.
George Kooymans, Barry Hay
Record label of Australian release:
BONUS CLIP BELOW – from Australia’s RocKwiz
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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_Love
Co-songwriter Barry 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.”
Read more: americansongwriter.com/radar-love-golden-earring-behind-the-song
Radar Love contains the lyric: “The radio’s playin’ some forgotten song, Brenda Lee’s Coming on Strong.” The song was a minor hit in Australia, which you can hear here: Coming on Strong: BRENDA LEE
Radar Love is on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 70s
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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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