Are You Receiving Me – Golden Earring

Golden Earring are a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague by 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbour, Rinus Gerritsen. Originally called The Tornados, the name was changed to Golden Earrings when they discovered that The Tornados was already in use by another group. The name Golden Earrings was taken from a song, originally sung by Marlene Dietrich in 1947 and a hit for Peggy Lee in 1948, with which they opened their concerts. They later dropped the “s” from their name in 1969 to simply, “Golden Earring.

Golden Earring embarked on their first major US tour in 1969 – 1970, and were among the first European bands to do so. Due to American influences, their music evolved towards hard rock, and they performed along with Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Between 1969 and 1984, Golden Earring completed thirteen US tours. During this period, they performed as the opening act for Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Rush and .38 Special. In the early seventies, when Radar Love was a hit, they had KISS and Aerosmith as their opening act.

They enjoyed a brief period of US stardom but were unable to secure further chart success until 1982’s Twilight Zone. After a disappointing reaction in the US to When the Lady Smiles in 1984, Golden Earring turned their focus towards Europe where they continue to attract standing-room-only crowds. Golden Earring have recorded over 30 gold and platinum albums and singles. A number of artists like U2, White Lion, R.E.M. and Bryan Adams have covered their international hit and rock classic Radar Love. In total, over 200 covers exist of this song.

Golden Earring is perhaps the oldest rock band in the world that is still performing.

Are You Receiving Me

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If your circles could be spirals
And your idols weren’t machines
If you could pick up all the signals
And flash on where you’ve been

Maybe you don’t feel it at all
It’s your own fault, crawl boy crawl
If you could quit the miming
And try some different timing
You could get a chance to be free

Are you receiving me
(It’s the pilot’s plea)
Are you receiving me
(Close to insanity)
Are you receiving me
(Recharge your battery)
Ooh, are you receiving me

If your prayers could all be answered
And you were given time to pay
The chances would be so heavy
But you’d find a better way

Maybe you don’t feel it at all
It’s your own fault, crawl boy crawl
If you could quit the miming
And try some different timing
You could get a chance to be free

Are you receiving me
(It’s the pilot’s plea)
Are you receiving me
(Close to insanity)
Are you receiving me
(Recharge your battery)

Are you receiving me
(Close to insanity)
Are you receiving me
(Recharge your battery)
Ooh, are you receiving

Are you receiving me
(It’s the pilot’s plea)
Are you receiving me
(Close to insanity)
Are you receiving me
(Recharge your battery)

Are you receiving me
(Close to insanity)
Are you receiving me
(Or are you out to lunch)
Are you receiving

  • Audio from the 1973 album, Moontan:

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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