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.