For our next edition of ‘The Original vs. The Cover’, we are going to cover the classic driving song “Radar Love” by the band Golden Earring. The song was released in 1973 and was the only U.S. single off their album ‘Moontan’. The song did very well and went as high as #13 on Billboard, but went Top 10 in numerous other countries including the UK and Canada.
The song was written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay of the band. It is about a guy that feels so he is so connected with this girl that it is like telepathy. He calls it “Radar Love”. She wants him so badly that he is trying so hard to get home as fast as he can and he is driving so fast and so recklessly to get there. As a result, this song is considered one of the Top Driving songs of all time. I can attest to that fact. It does makes you want to drive fast.
Now, I have also heard that the “Radar” part is really the use of CB Radio and she was calling over the CB for him to get home because she was lonely. Either way it works. Now there is a line that says “And the newsman sang his same song / One more radar love is gone” which makes think that when he passed that last car in the lyrics, he was killed in a car crash which I never picked up on before. Gives it an interesting twist if true.
Now let’s get to the song…