Song of the Week: Twilight Zone, by Golden Earring

Song of the Week: Twilight Zone, by Golden Earring

TwilightIf you’ve been paying attention, you will know that I am an absurdly obsessive (Rod Serling’s) The Twilight Zone fan.  But as a youngster, just slightly before I was truly introduced to the show (thanks to late-night two-fers on KCBS when I was in college), this song crossed my radar.  It was just rock enough to pique my metalhead interest and it was one of the early iconic videos on the nascent MTV, complete with its implied plot and a some dancing SS girls borrowed from Duran Duran’s video for The Chauffeur.  The song itself really does hold up, though.  If Google is to be believed (and they are), it’s even more popular than their classic rock hit “Radar Love.”  Similarly relying on the bass to set the tone, “Twilight Zone” has a killer hook and some pretty solid – if lengthy – guitar soloing.

Curiously, back in the day, I never actually picked up the record. A little surprising, given my insatiable appetite for vinyl.  Maybe they just weren’t quite metal enough.  Well, last night, thanks to a late-night trip to Amoeba I have righted that wrong.  I picked up the LP Cut, along with some Creedence, Gilbert O’Sullivan, and the girliest of Hall & Oates albums.

A couple fast-facts:

  1. In the heat of a SciFi Channel TZ marathon back in the early 2000s, I was inspired to make my first ever iTunes Store purchase.  You guessed it: ’twas this song.
  2. Golden Earring is one of the few bands on the planet to have been around for a long time with the same, nearly-original lineup.  While the band formed as tiny teens in 1961, the current line-up has been together since 1970.  Only major rival that comes to mind is ZZ Top.