zephyr illusions photo by donna October 1992. The view atop Chasseral, Jura Mountains looking across Switzerland to The Alps on the horizon. Fog, intensely thick, rising from Lac Bienne and stretching its fingers high onto the Lignières-Plateau de Diesse after wholly filling the valley below the plateau.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Radar Love...

...the classic rock song by Golden Earring was recently voted Best Travelling Song in a poll by USA newspaper. i think it's pretty cool that 'Radar Love' is still considered by many to be the best driving song... just what Barry Hay was aiming for when he wrote the lyrics.
from the Golden Earring website.....
"Barry tells us the following about how the lyrics of ‘Radar Love’ were written: “One evening I had a few friends over, one of whom was American, and I was brainstorming with them about the form and contents of the story. It had to be something very simple, to which every average person could relate, such as someone in the bathtub and ….. Everyone started to put in ideas and it when it got too chaotic I kicked them out of the house and sent them to some nightclub so that I could work in peace. The idea of an ordinary guy in his car became to take shape and when my American house guest got home in the early hours and read the lyrics, he went wild: “This is it, brilliant! The ultimate American car song!!!”


  1. I watched a rerun of Topgear the other night and they started a competition for the best driving song. The song immediately mentioned was Radar Love,

    "I've been drivin' all night, my hand's wet on the wheel
    There's a voice in my head that drives my heel
    It's my baby callin', says I need you here
    And it's half past four and I'm shifting gear".

    I think the rerun was from last year, on the site it mentions that the winner of the greatest drivign song contest was Queen with Don't stop me now

  2. ..."When she is lonely and the longing gets too much,
    She sends a cable coming in from above,
    Don’t need a phone at all,
    We’'ve got a thing that’'s called Radar Love
    We'’ve got a wave in the air,
    Radar Love" da da da da dada daaaa....

    hehehe, one of those songs that i cannot listen to without sing along :D

    oh, yeah, have i mentioned anywhere on here, yet, that i'm gonna meet Golden Earring after i see them play live for the second time.... the first time was back in '74. :)


    P.S. congrats to Queen for winning the TopGear competition. i love Queen [also saw them back in '74 or '75], but 'Don't Stop Me Now' isn't quite as good a driving song as 'Radar Love', imo.