Monday, February 22, 2010

Take This Tune - The "Hit the Road" Version

My friend Jamie began a meme awhile back called Take This Tune wherein she gives us a different musical prompt each week and we then write a post based on wherever that prompt may take us.  This week's prompt was suggested by myself and involved a little toe-tapping bit of music called Radar Love by the Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring.

There are actually two songs by Golden Earring that are must-have's on my iPod - the aforementioned Radar Love which was released in 1973, climbed to #13 on the US charts, and was dubbed one of the Top Ten Driving Songs of All Time by music critic Bill Lamb; and 1982's Twilight Zone. Written by George Kooymans, founder of the band, Twilight Zone climbed to #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart making it the band's only #1 hit in the country.

A lot of that was probably due to what was then a fledgling little music network called MTV - which actually showed lots and lots of music videos back then! One of the first to feature a cinematic storyline and dance choreography, Twilight Zone's music video features a storyline with lead singer Barry Hay as an espionage agent who is apprehended by three henchmen (played by the other members of the band - Rinus Gerritsen - bass and keyboards, Cesar Zuiderwijk - drums and percussion, and George Kooymans - guitarist and vocalist).

The song, which was inspired by the famous TV series of the same name, paints the portrait of "a double-crossed messenger, all alone" who is trying to carry out his mission only to find himself betrayed at every turn starting with the very first words of the song - "Somewhere in a lonely hotel room there’s a guy starting to realize that eternal fate has turned it's back on him" - and continuing right through to the chorus:
"Help, I'm stepping into the Twilight Zone
This is a madhouse, Feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go now that I've gone too far?"
What really makes this song one of my very favorites - especially for a turn behind the wheel - is the instrumental break that blends Kooymans' hard-hitting almost-bluesy guitar work with some kick-ass percussion by Zuiderwijk along with just enough synthesizer from Gerritsen to make this a really good 80's tune. My biggest problem with it is being able to drive while tapping my foot to the beat and keeping myself from singing along if there's someone else in the car!

As an added bonus for Jamie, I thought I'd throw in another video of a song that Amanda and I always play when taking a road trip whether it be to Baltimore, the Pennyslvania Dutch County, the middle of Massachusetts, Sleepy Hollow in New York, or pretty much anywhere else we've traveled to ... not only has it got a very snappy beat but I'm pretty sure Jamie is going to love the "star" of the video!

So how about you? Got a favorite song or two for when you hit the road? Let me know and if it's good, I promise to add it to my iPod for my own future travels!


  1. I actually have never heard these songs. I'm more of a James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Classic tenors, Beetles or Billy Joel kinda gal.

    Isn't it great that there's so many music styles available?!

  2. I love listening to Queen when I'm on the road. :)

  3. My faves include what Barb stated above...60s music, plus current country (not the twangy stuff my parents listened to). Actually I like most all genres except rap and opera. But I gotta have my tunes going!

    Sending hugs...

  4. Twilight Zone has always been one of my all time favourite songs, especially the long version, as well as House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. I also love anything by CCR, especially Bad Moon Rising and usually have their cds blaring when I'm traveling:-) xoxo

  5. Woo Hoo - The Doctor and Sophia Myles. Love the selections you sneaky person you. Now I have to go get I Don't Feel Like Dancin' from ITunes.

  6. Oh and everybody who has a blog should stop by and play Take This Tune

  7. I know 'Redar Love' well. 'Born To Be Wild' by Steppenwolf was always a favourite driving song.

  8. Now that's a great memory! I have Radar Love in my catalog but not Twilight Zone. I'll have to think about correcting that soon.

  9. The very first shot of the "Twilight Zone" video reminded me of the dark opera house staircase for a second! Maybe because I was thinking of you.

    I always thought this song was called "When the Bullet Hits the Bone." Not a very happy video, to say the least. Rather depressing.

    Now the second one had the opposite effect on me. He made me feel like dancing. But I didn't. Still sitting here.

    Let me think on the songs. I know there are a few that I used to like to listen to when I drove. When I was younger...
    Ah yes, I just saw Jean-Luc's "Born to be Wild" - that would be one.

    Fun post, Duchess Linda.

  10. Ready for the Wayback Machine?
    Like the 70s??

    "Sister Golden Hair" - America

    "I Saw the Light" - Todd Rundgren

    and from the 80s: "Drive" - The Cars

    Now you have me thinking, there are more!

  11. Still loving on the good doctor, but point of info: Queen Mimi has another musical meme up and she has a dungeon. I gotta get me a dungeon now that I have a castle.


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