Golden Earring

Twilight Zone

Composed by George Kooymans

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Many American music fans had written off Golden Earring as a one-hit wonder after "Radar Love," but the group remained quite popular around the world as it honed its blend of hard rock and experimental elements and knocked off many impressive albums in the process. Its consistent hard work paid off in the 1980s when the group scored another major hit with "Twilight Zone," a rocker that paired edgy lyrics to a hard-hitting but slick rock sound. The paranoid scenario of "Twilight Zone" paints a lonely portrait of "a double-crossed messenger, all alone" who is trying to carry out a mission only to find himself betrayed at every turn: "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?" The music lives up to the angry tone of the lyrics by pairing verse melodies that build from a meditative feel to an angry boil with a swinging chorus that constantly shifts its direction to convey the frenzied confusion of its narrator. Golden Earring's recording of "Twilight Zone" is equal parts hard rock and new wave, anchoring the song on George Kooymans' fierce, often bluesy guitar work but also working in pulsating synthesizer lines that add a futuristic element to the soundscape. It also benefits from a noteworthy performance by drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk, who adds plenty of exciting percussive frills to cap off the song's scorching instrumental break. Barry Hay tops it all off with a gruff vocal that nails the song's mixture of anger and paranoia. It all added up to a thrilling rocker that became an international hit, including a Top Ten charting in the U.S.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1970 Polydor
Cut 1982
Cut
Music on Vinyl
Something Heavy Going Down 1984 Red Bullet 10:17
Rock of the '80s 1987
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 7:55
The Continuing Story of Radar Love 1989 Red Bullet
Pop Classics: The Long Versions, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Acoustic Live 1991 Columbia 4:46
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 6 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 4:53
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arcade Music 4:22
Sounds of the Eighties: 1983-1984 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:50
'80s Hits Back, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O 7:52
Billboard Top Album Rock Hits 1983 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
The Best of Rock This Way 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:51
100% Rock [RCA] 1998
Various Artists
Disky
The Complete Naked Truth 1998 Sony Music Distribution 9:13
Awesome '80s, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 7:55
40 Hits: 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:30
Rockin' from the Grave 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 7:53
Monsters, Ghouls, Goblins, and Demons 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 7:52
Guitar Rock [Time-Life Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:51
Guitar Rock: Guitar Power 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:51
Wild Boys 2000
Various Artists
Best Music International 7:54
2001: Space Party 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 7:52
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Fully Naked 2001 Sony Music Distribution 9:13
Devil Made Us Do It: 35 Years [4 Disc] 2001 Universal Distribution / PolyGram / Universal 7:56
Last Blast of the Century 2001 Roadrunner Records 12:37
Instant Party: Irresistible 80's 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:49
Big Hits 1980-2000: Rock 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits
You Will Be Rocked! 2001
Various Artists
Warner/ESP / Rhino 4:52
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vols. 4 & 5 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 7:54
Jukebox Hits of the '80s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:28
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 7:54
Pure 80's Rocks 2002
Various Artists
UTV 4:49
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:51
Story of Rock: Radio 538 2002
Various Artists
B.R. 4:47
Red Bullet Years 2002 Red Bullet
Then: Totally Oldies '80s, Vol. 5 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 4:50
Eighties Pop Generation: The Politics of Dancing 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:30
Billboard #1s: The '80s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 4:49
Guitar Rock: Awesome 80's 2004
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 4:51
Hard & Heavy: Rock Passion 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
At Rockpalast 2005 Ard
Angel 2005 Universal Distribution
Then: Totally Oldies - Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 7:57
Live from the Twilight Zone [DVD] 2005 Red Bullet
Live in Ahoy 2006 2006 Universal Distribution 8:26
Munich Rock Disco 2006
Various Artists
Poliu
Radio 2 Top 2000 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:36
Monster Party [KRB] 2007
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:50
Hard Rock Number 1's 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 7:56
80's Hits Live! 2008
Various Artists
The Great American Music Company 6:33
Flashback Hitmix 2008
Various Artists
Cloud Nine Records / Cloud 9 Holland / Masterpiece Classic 1:55
The Long Versions 2008 Red Bullet / Rodeo Records 7:49
No Image 2009 Universal Distribution 7:55
Hard Rock Hits 2013
Various Artists
Paradiso 4:47
50 Years Anniversary Album 2015 Red Bullet 10:31
The Hague/Five Zero 2016 Universal
20 No. 1’s: 80's Rock
Various Artists
Hip-O 7:52
Culture Shock, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Culture Shock
No Image
Various Artists
Polydor
Rock Album,  Vol. 1 [Arcade]
Various Artists
Arcade Music
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