Golden Earring

ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM SOUNDS, February 1, 1975

Never knew that Earring toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd until I read this one. Seems to me like a odd bill but that was what was so refreshing in the 70s – there were fewer “rules” and you could expect the unexpected. The band released their latest studio album Tits ‘n Ass in 2012 and are still a touring entity.
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Dutch courage pays off

Strange chaps, these Golden Earrings. First `Up And Down Absurdia` was the title of their new album, then `Plus Minus Ubsurdio` and now it`s `Switch`. What`s going on? Geoff Barton investigates.

Golden Earring and Lynyrd Skynyrd were together responsible for one of the best concert series of 1974 – you remember, the powerful, if rather controversial double billed tour which, if nothing else, brought the rock year to an exciting and climatic close.
Heavy bets were laid and many a drunken pub argument was had as the question was raised time and again: which of the bands would emerge the better? When it was all over it was a very close thing – finally, it turned out to be impossible to decide.
Yes – it all worked out rather well and was, in all, a very fine package indeed. But what has been happening since then? Well, the Skynyrds are back in Muscle Shoals, working and recording for MCA; Earring are up to very much the same thing – they`re putting the finishing touches to a new album.
I met a busy Earring band at London`s IBC studios and first of all watched George Kooymans lay down a simple but particularly frenzied lick to enhance a virtually completed track for inclusion on the aforementioned album.
Then I went down with Barry into the studio proper to talk about the upcoming album. Is it still going to be called “Up And Down Absurdia”, Barry?
“No,” he laughs, “no, it isn`t. That was once its working title but, well, it isn`t any longer. Our first – rather cruel, I must admit – idea was to give everyone some different names and make a big joke about it all. We had this highly absurdistic feeling before we started this project, that was why the `Absurdia` was there, you know?
“Then I suddenly didn`t like `Up And Down` any more because I saw this album cover – I can`t even remember what it was – which happened to say `Up And Down, This And That`, you know? That always happens – you have something, then you come across something similar and you have to start all over again.

“So then it was changed to `Plus Minus Absurdio`,” he sniggers, “which is quite a funny switch because it`s exactly the same, only it sounds different. But, well, that was too trendy as well. Eventually we decided to keep it straight and simple and call it `Switch`. It`s a good compromise, it means so many things – like it`s a little plastic knob, or it`s an operation. A switch can be anything, you can switch neighbourhoods, switch jobs, switch ladies, you know.
“That was it. I came up with a song called `The Switch` and it all just seemed to fit. We came up with ideas for the cover and everything. All of it really worked well.”
Last time I met Barry he hinted that the cover for “Up And Down Absurdia”, er… “Switch” was going to be something very special, incorporating an alternative sleeve or two to confuse record shops and would-be buyers of the album. Is that still going to happen?
“It`s been, how do you say it, perfectioned?”
Perfected.
“Perfected. Perfectionalised – sounds a lot more English, doesn`t it? Yes, it`s been perfected now and it`s going to be designed by a famous Dutch artist, Corstiaan de Vries. It ties in very much with the title. There`s a lyric sheet, plus the alternative cover, photographed by Graham Hughes.”
Will the album still be a kind of concept album?
“Well, I think all albums are basically concept albums if they`re made in the same lapse of time in the same state of mind. But to me the real idea of a concept album is one which tells a story – in that fashion, I don`t think `Switch` is a concept album at all. But personally all the lyrics were written in the same period, so there`s a definite line in everything. It`s quite an ironic line, really, but I like to think of it as absurd rather than ironic.”
Make of that what you will.

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I mentioned the tour with Skynyrd. Were you pleased with the way it went?
“Oooh yeah,” he says, enthusiastically. “As a matter of fact we didn`t really want to play England at that time because of the lack of new product. People would come and say to us: `if you tour England and you don`t have a hit single out, well, forget it. You`ll just have 100 people sitting in the front row`. So we didn`t expect that many people to show up.
“But all the halls were really full and I think we did some of the best concerts we`ve ever done. It was really a fantastic show – Lynyrd Skynyrd are a fine band and I think people got their money`s worth.”
But all too often the media seemed more concerned with Skynyrd than with Earring, didn`t it?
“Yeah, yeah,” he says, as if he`s heard all this before. “That would have really worried me if the same thing had happened with the people in the hall – like if people were still screaming for Skynyrd during our set – then I`d probably freak out. But that never really happened. Skynyrd always played a fine set and they`re great guys and I`m not knocking them at all at the moment – but they never really stole the show, you know?
“So when it actually didn`t happen and people are trying to insinuate that it did happen – what can you do? It`s like somebody telling you that your nose is flat and your ears are sticking out 30 centimetres, and you look in the mirror and you see it`s not true. That`s a silly example, but you know what I mean?”
Earring are soon off to tour Holland, Germany, France and Belgium – there`s also a possibility of a one-off gig at the Rainbow before they leave for the States in April. If that single British concert doesn`t come off they`ll be into an extensive British tour almost immediately after they`ve finished American commitments – that means some time in the Summer. Meanwhile, “Switch” is released throughout the world in early March.
“This has been our dream for so long,” says Barry, “to have an album out at the same time – everywhere. Before, we`ve always had one album out here, another there and a real old one there. It was just one big fuck up, all mixed up and horrible.
“This is going to make things a lot easier for us.”

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Average White Band, Chick Corea, Gilbert O`Sullivan, Guess Who, Led Zeppelin, Trapeze, John Martyn, John McLaughlin, Gary Moore, Billy Connolly, J. Geils Band, John Holt, Hall & Oates, Donovan, Country Joe McDonald.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM SOUNDS, August 10, 1974

One thing is for certain, when Geoff Barton, now a veteran of the English music press, interviews someone, you will always get a good article. No matter who he writes about, no matter the decade, you can always rely on Mr. Barton to deliver the goods. It is no coincidence that this man is a music writing legend. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Up and down absurdia

Geoff `Kid` Barton talks to Earring`s Barry Hay

Since the success of “Radar Love” and “Moontan”, Golden Earring fever has died down appreciably in this country. The follow-up to the hit single, “Instant Poetry”, was, by the band`s own admittance, a “big flop” – and we`ve hardly heard from the Dutchmen since. So what`s happening on the Earring scene now, hmm?
Well, singer Barry Hay tells me that the band have just returned from a pretty extensive tour of the States. Apparently they were over in America for three months, and played almost a date a day.
I had a chat to Barry in Track Records` basement studio. He`s got, like most of the Dutch I suppose, a great command of the English language – and he speaks with a slight American intonation. In fact, if you didn`t know otherwise, you could well think that he was an American, through and through.
Anyway, how was the tour, Barry? Pretty exhausting?
“No, it wasn`t that bad. We travelled under very nice conditions, and we were well taken care of. If it`s like  that, then it`s not very tiring. All in all, it took me about two days to recover, and that`s not bad. But we went dowBelieven very well, and the success was stimulating. The last news I heard was that `Moontan` is going to be a gold album soon. Now that`s overwhelming.”
Barry is none too modest about the tour, and the huge area it covered: “There are bands in the States that do great in the South – but people have never heard of them in the North. But we did every market. We tried them all out. We went down to Florida, and we went all through the South. We did everything.”
Did you find that the American audiences were any different from European ones?
“I think for every band it`s different. But they are different. Let`s say that they`re a lot crazier – in every way. They`re just crazy kids. They just want to come out and have a good time. They`re very wild.

“The audiences we had in England would sit through a whole set, or maybe just get up towards the end. But in the States they just leap up. If it starts right – then they`re up, and they never sit down. But at the same time they`re people, so they`re not really that different.”
This was not the first time that Earring have visited America. The first time was some five years ago.
“We went there just to check it out. At that time we didn`t want to stay in Holland, and we were listening to a lot of music that was coming out of the States at that time. So, we went over, and lost quite a lot of money. We went back a year later, but that was too soon. We decided first to play around in Europe – because the costs are murderous in the States. If you haven`t got a product to back you up, then you`re done for.
“We decided to go back the right way, with an album and a single, and then we would stand a chance. And it took us about four years to get that together – which isn`t bad.”
What sort of venues did you play in the States?
“They were pretty big. We started off as a supporting act, but news spread pretty fast. Soon we stepped up to guest act – which has more prestige. Towards the end we did about ten headliners.”
Now that Earring are finally back in Europe, they are going to record an album for a month, only to return to the States in October. In November they will tour Britain. But have they sold out? Not only do they seem to be neglecting Britain – touring Holland seems just about the furthest thing from their minds.
“Of course people think that we`re selling out. It`s human nature. But there`s very little we can do about it. The States is a very important country, a very important market. We just have to get back to the States, now that the word is around about us. It`s really necessary for us to be there.”

But don`t you think you should consolidate the British market before touring elsewhere?
“Hmm. Yeah. I don`t have the feeling that we are established in Britain. No, I don`t think so. I mean `Instant Poetry` was a failure here. But America is different. American kids are very loyal. They`ll go out and buy your new album even if they haven`t heard it. They`ll buy the new one simply because they`ve got the previous one. In the States you`ve got an AM and FM market. Here, you`re just stuck with one market, and the kids forget so soon.”
Believe it or not, “Moontan” was recorded one and a half years ago, so I doubt if the album represents Earring as they are today. It seems as if the new, soon to be recorded, album is going to be something different. Certainly, Barry enthused about it.
“We`ve got some really nice ideas for it, and I`m really happy with them. It`s very much a progression from `Moontan`. The band has been through so much since that album was recorded. Yeah. It`ll be a huge progression in every way. Everyone in the band has developed as a human being, and the musicians in the band have really progressed. George Kooymans has become really paranoid about his guitar playing. He`s really quite good now. We`ve reached a satisfactory standard.”
I thought that audiences might have got a little tired of the much-vaunted drum-leaping stunt the band are famous for. But, apparently not. Barry said that they are going to develop it into “something more amazing” – I just can`t wait. Meanwhile, I wondered if Barry would accept the comment that the band are a cross between Deep Purple and Yes. As it turned out, he wouldn`t.
“Oh no, no. I don`t really like that. No, not at all. They`re into an entirely different trip than we are. I think both of those bands are very serious, while we are half serious, and half something else.”

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But I think what brought rise to that comment was the fact that the hit single and the “Moontan” album were so different. After all, the single was a bit removed from the music you normally play, wasn`t it?
“Not really. I don`t think there is such a thing as the normal stuff as far as we`re concerned. We always treat each of our songs differently. We`ve always thought of a song as a song, and if it`s the same as the others, then okay. But it`ll more than likely be different. That`s the way it goes.”
Despite the world-wide success of “Radar Love” as a single, the band consider themselves to be an album-orientated band.
“It took us such a long time to get out of the singles thing. In Holland we were forced to bring out singles, and there you have to come out with a product all the time, because it`s such a small country. So, in the beginning we were a singles band, and we really got dissatisfied with it all. Eventually we got rid of that image in Holland, and we`d hate to have the whole thing happening again. Don`t get me wrong, I can see the importance of singles very much. But we are not going to keep churning out singles.”
But isn`t that what you did with “Instant Poetry”? It followed very swiftly on the heels of the other one.
“Yes, I suppose so. But it`s not going to happen again.”
To me, and to a lot of people, the lyrics on “Moontan” were a bit stilted. They tried to be Bolanesque if you like – but they didn`t succeed. They just fell flat. Listen to the words on “Vanilla Queen”, if you have the album. It`s hard to take them seriously. I raised this point with Barry.
“Stilted? Yes, it could be. But on the new album we are going to use French lines, and even have a Dutch song. Oh, I don`t care. As long as I like them, it`s all right.
“I`ll agree with anyone who says it`s not poetry – that`s fair enough. But I wasn`t trying to be far out. Maybe it`s a bit kinky, I don`t know.”

What about the critics who say Golden Earring haven`t got much original style?
“What do they expect? We`re not innovators. No way. Look, I`d like to know who is original. You just name me someone who is doing something original. What is originality? Everything repeats itself, anyway.”
But as it turns out, the new album from the band sounds quite original. Barry says that it`s going to be “food for people who like to get into things”. At the moment the album`s working title is “Up And Down Absurdia”, would you believe. From what I could gather, it is loosely a concept thing. It`s about how different people look at things in different ways – how one person can find, say, a piece of abstract art particularly beautiful, while another can see only ugliness in it. That`s quite a concept, hey? It will be interesting to see if the band can get it across musically.
“The album cover will be into very much the same idea,” says Barry. “The outside cover will just be plain, with some glue on it. Inside there will be several sheets to stick on it, so you can choose the cover which you want. It`s going to be amazing seeing all the record shops displaying different covers, when they`re the same album. You can choose the cover you want. That is `Up And Down Absurdia`.”
You may have noticed that Earring were due to appear at Wakeman`s recent outdoor extravaganza, but for some reason they pulled out. If the band had appeared, the concert would have been an even more spectacular affair. So why didn`t the band play at the Palace?
“Well we really didn`t feel up to it at all. We just weren`t ready for it. You see, we wanted to come over to England and do a really good job – but when we had finished the tour of the States we thought, well, that`s the end of a period. We wanted to stop it there, get ourselves together, and come back to England when we felt ready.
“When we tour in November we`ll be fresh. I only hope that when we record the album we come up with a single that we`ll be able to release to coincide with the tour.
“If we don`t come up with something, we`ll have to pull a stunt. Probably steal the Tower of London or something.”

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I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Bob Marley, Billy Preston, Ronnie Lane, Argent, Ronnie Spector, Duane Eddy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Fairweather Low, Viola Wills, Mick Jagger, Suzi Quatro, R. Dean Taylor, Johnny Bristol, Julie Driscoll, Status Quo, Georgia Fame, Vangelis, Greenslade.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM SOUNDS, March 23, 1974

Here we go again with yet another interview with Holland`s first international reknown rock`n`roll band.

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Going Dutch with Earring

By Pete Makowski

Just once in a while a band like Golden Earring unexpectedly comes along and gives the whole British music scene a hefty kick up the arse, and it comes as no surprise that Earring have finally established themselves in this country after only a few tours and one hit single, “Radar Love”.
I spoke to George Kooymans who, along with bassist Rinus Gerritson, has been in the band for around eight or nine years. “I was at school when the band began,” George recalled, “I was cutting records and touring in between classes.”
The band went through quite a few changes and finally came to their present line-up in 1967. “We were the first band in Holland to do harmonies and things like all the other bands were playing Shadow type instrumentals.”
If you ask George how many albums the band have, he`ll immediately answer, “two in this country.” They recorded quite a few in Holland but nothing they`re extremely proud of. This is not due to the songs, just the time they`re given to record.
“We never had more than five days to record an album. This is one reason why we wanted to be successful outside of Holland, because we did not make enough money to spend more time on recording.”
They joined Track about a year ago and you`ll probably know that the band have toured the country quite a few times and before they brought out “Moontan” Track released “Hearing Earring” a compilation of old material.
“That was a collection of about three albums, I didn`t like it very much. The idea of bringing out old material doesn`t appeal to me. But because we were touring, they had to bring out something.”

The fast and steady progress of the band became obvious about a year ago and soon their name became commonplace in the papers, but what many people weren`t aware of was that the band had all their money invested in the tour and their whole future depended on the success of it.
“We spent all our money on things like our quadrophonic system and paying roadies,” said Rinus, “but we just had to get out of Holland because we knew it would affect our music in the end. Our music improved a helluva lot when we went to the States and that, about six years ago, was also something we got together ourselves,” said George.
I asked Rinus how it felt starting from scratch again in Britain. “It was terrible you know, we played gigs like school dances and things like that. We`ve done all that in Holland years ago but we knew the only way to get anywhere was by doing these concerts.”
When “Moontan” was released the band were still playing the seedier places, did they feel they`d ever come up to their present level? “Well we noticed that the reaction was getting pretty good,” answered George, “and we were beginning to communicate well with our audiences.”
Then the eventful release of “Radar Love” did they know this would be their big break? “No, our company asked us to choose a single off the album and we thought that it would be the best track.”
The next single will be more commercial, specially aimed for that type of market. “Don`t the band feel this a dangerous step as their music is far from commercial? “Yeh, we don`t want to be put into classification, but I think it`s worth while bringing out a single once in a while.
“We know that we can`t depend on a permanent success just because we`ve had one hit single. That`s why I`m glad `Radar Love` didn`t get to number one, we`ve got something to work up to.

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“We`re more concerned about the album,” interrupted Barry Hay, “we`re gonna work damn hard to make a good album because that`s the audience we`re after.”
Good policy. I noticed when I went to their concerts the audiences were split into different sections. The kids who came to hear “Radar Love” and didn`t enjoy the rest of the set. The kids who came to hear the single and were completely knocked out and the already hardcore Earring fans. We`ll only find out after the tour who were the majority and I`ll put my money on Earring. I heard their new single and it follows closely the formula of the first single. A definite hit. “It takes a few hearings to get into it,” said George, “you can never really tell whether it`ll go or not.”
The band will continue to record their new album after they complete a Spanish tour, they`ll probably record a “Top Of The Pops”.
Although things seem to be rolling smoothly now, it has definitely not been an easy ride. It takes a lot of determination to stick together for so long without result, I asked George if they ever felt like splitting up in those hard days. “We did before we came to England, `cause I didn`t see any prospects and it was getting very boring and I felt like doing something else. But now there are so many things happening it`s become interesting again.”
I asked him what kind of ideas they had for the next album, “Well we`ve got a working title and we`re all writing around that concept. We all write things separately and then get it together. But right now we haven`t laid anything down except the single. We really want to cover a wide range of music because we don`t want to be labelled… I don`t like that.

The band have recently toured around Europe with the Who, did they find themselves confronted with difficult competition? “No I didn`t think it was difficult, it was quite easy, I enjoyed myself.” Will they be touring with them again? “No, I don`t think so, because er… I don`t want to say we`re the same kind of band, but we really take a lot of the people and get them exhausted and then the Who come out and they do the same sort of thing. I don`t think we`re the right type of band to tour with the Who.”
The band will soon be appearing at the Rainbow (March 24) and I asked Mr. Kooyman if he was worried at all. “No not really, we`ve played gigs bigger than that, but we do worry a bit before gigs anyway. I worried when we started the tour but it`s going well.”
The band played the same venue supporting Lou Reed, what did they think of it then? “Well you get certain kinds of people seeing certain acts and it wasn`t our audience that night. A lot of people were just coming in when we went on and a lot of people were in the bar… I didn`t like that.”
Not to worry, I think it`ll be better this time round. Don`t you agree?

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I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Marsha Hunt, Dave Dee, Robert Wyatt, Procol Harum, Thin Lizzy, Kilburn & The High Roads, Cat Stevens, Zzebra, Johnny Winter, Elkie Brooks, Alvin Lee, Hudson-Ford, Canton Trig.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM SOUNDS, November 17, 1973

The last time I posted an article about this band there was a sudden influx of readers of the blog from the Netherlands. So here is one more for you great people of Holland – and other friends of this band who with this, their ninth album, also went to no. 12 on the American Billboard charts. Their most famous single, Radar Love, went on to a 13th place in the Billboard singles chart. Yes, they were sort of huge in America for a while.

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Album Review:

Golden Earring: “Moontan”
(Polydor 2406 112)

By Pete Erskine

This is the other Dutch band; and this is the eight time in succession that I`ve played this album. So far I have experienced no after effects at all. So far, it would seem that this is yet another master work of samey background music. During the last circuit – between the opener “Rader Love” (featured on the “Whistle Test” last week) and “Vanilla Queen” I repaired a plug, washed the dishes and had a shave. Upon my return I wasn`t even aware that the album had been playing until the player switched itself off. I did think that the “Whistle Test” film clip was impressive though; if their material is, as others have said, a composite of early 60s styles, that`s more than compensated for by their visual side. I thought they looked really good – vocalist Barry Hay has great style and I thought Cesar Zuiderwijk`s final leap over his drum kit was pretty spectacular. Golden Earring do seem to exude a strong charisma – and according to recent reports, a great deal of spunk on stage. By way of contrast “Moon-tan” is excessively meandering, too full of near-misses and changes in musical direction to imprint itself on the listener. There`s little doubt that instrumentally the band are exceptionally capable – viz. the gentle contrast of the harmonic guitar passage rounding off “Candy`s Going Bad” (a feel reminiscent of some of the more ethereal Traffic things) and the instrumental mix involving flute, guitar and rhythm section on “Are You Receiving Me” – but the sum quantity is, rather sadly, an album which is still too easily forgettable.

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Nils Lofgren, John Lennon, Free, Ronnie Lane, Ozzy Osbourne, Carlos Santana, Average White Band, Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin, Magna Carta, Alice Cooper.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, March 29, 1975

This concert review is from when Golden Earring were out touring in promotion of their album “Switch” released in March that year. One of the songs mentioned here, “Kill Me (Ce Soir)”, was covered by Iron Maiden as a B side on their 1990 single “Holy Smoke”. It shows you that Golden Earring made other songs than “Radar Love” that were of note. Check them out!

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Concert Review

Golden Earring
Amsterdam

by Max Bell

Golden Earring`s return to domestic base, fun loving Amsterdam, completed yet another highly successful European tour.
Although they`re undoubtedly Holland`s most accomplished band, the audience they pull is still largely comprised of the faithful who latched on in 1965 when Earring were just your average Continental outfit struggling to keep up with an Anglo-American monopoly on rated music.
Now it`s different. Ten years is a long time for any group to survive, and this one is only just reaching commercial fruition.
Naturally the Carre Theatre was packed but the lack of both atmosphere and spontaneous reaction to a very high energy act seemed to indicate that the Dutch aren`t going to elevate their home team to the league reserved for visiting heavies.
Something is lacking in Golden Earring`s presentation that no amount of professionalism and shellshock volume can compensate for.
The fault lies in a lack of variable material and their mistaken insistence on playing too bloody loud. Clearly balanced quadrophonic sound and razor sharp dynamics are fine, but they don`t excuse unimaginative pacing.

To their credit the visuals are neat and simple and occasionally they produce a real gem, but there`s too much indifferent jetsam floating amongst the superior ballast.
They bounced on stage like several Randolph Scotts and shot straight into “Suspicion”. Fair enough with raunchy sax and trumpet breaks plus pretty George Kooyman`s flash`n-`mean guitar.
A quick breather to get the standard formalities over and then an oldie, “She Flies On Strange Wings”. Popular number this, lots of power chords and metallic stereo riffs ricocheting round the hall.
It`s all done by mirrors of course, though I`ve got to admit that Kooymans is pretty nifty on the fretboard, and what a lovely mover!
Bit of buzz out front and they pulled “The Switch”, from the new elpee to celebrate.
It was here that I wondered why the hell my feet weren`t moving of their own accord. Although new member Robert Jan Stips contributes a meaty keyboards passage and the others shove the coda about at high-speed it`s really hard rock by numbers, throw out the bait and watch `em salivate.
Trouble is they didn`t.

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Now this grouse with Earring`s patchy repertoire is enforced when they do deliver the goods, because it`s then that you realise you`re seeing three-quarters of a potentially excellent live act.
“Big Tree, Blue Sea” is a genuine ace despite the sneaking suspicion that George is working through the “guitar heroes you have loved” routine. He does it with panache however, and Barry Hay`s flute is a welcome diversion from the previous blast.
At the climax they sound like some Rattles Shocking Blue hybrid, stupid but fun.
“Kill Me (Ce Soir)” was better. Ostensibly about some geezer called Vick Timms it`s actually a vague tribute to Jim Morrison.
Long, long ago Hay copped a lot of the lizard king`s mannerisms, not to mention the black leather trousers, and got them down pretty pat (the mannerisms, not the trousers). The song builds to a point that might be gripping were it not for the magnesium flashes at the end, an unnecessary extravagance considering the context.
“Love Is A Rodeo” gets back to that old impression of deja vu; almost anachronistic lead and a definite nod to days of yore, acid and San Fran.
The horn section, another recent acquisition, returned for “Daddy`s Gonna Save My Soul”, but didn`t do anything other than add to a deafening welter of noise. If Van Gogh ever goes to Golden Earring concerts, he`s probably glad that he did pull his left ear off after all.

During “Vanilla Queen” slight tactical variations resulted in an enjoyable rocker that did not hurt. The band were super slick, tight and confident and oozing full-tilt arrogance.
Enter “Radar Love” which, surprisingly, a fair section of the crowd had shouted for all evening.
Now “Radar Love” was/is a great song and live they bring out the tension lurking behind the drum beat but when Cesar Zuiderwyk launches into his tortuously excessive and boring solo it ruins the atmosphere. Who wants to hear freaky blows at individual instruments which serve no purpose other than to show off how good or bad a musician is?
Anyway the solo is barely a development of the actual rhythm before he gets the spotlight. After the banging and clanking, he still leaps over the huge kit, which is getting to look very contrived.
Continuing that vein, Rinus Gerritsen, who`d been subdued most of the time, stuck his compulsory guide to the obscure regions of the bass guitar in the middle of “Can`t Get A Hold On Her”.
Two encores “Cool Jerk” and “Back Home” then off. They kept them hanging on in there but they sure didn`t take them all the way.
Golden Earring are positively undermining their own possibilities when they stoop to rock cliches, because apart from that lack of invention there`s a niche for them somewhere.
Quite where I couldn`t truly say.

A nice ad from the boys in Bad Company.

A nice ad from the boys in Bad Company.

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This number of New Musical Express also contains articles/interviews with these people: Average White Band, Kenny, Ronnie Lane, Osibisa, Randy Newman, The Who, Viv Stanshall, Mike Love (Beach Boys), Dollar Brand, Greenslade.

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