On my list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snubs , a few people suggested that I add Golden Earring to the list. At first, I pondered to myself that I had never heard of them and had no idea of any of their songs. Yet after investigating their songs and their career it turns out I do know Golden Earring, from two songs several years apart that have endured even if the name of the band itself has largely been forgotten except by its devoted and loyal fans. And, it should be noted, the band still produces music forty years after the band started, and remains one of the best Dutch rock bands of all time. How a Dutch band managed to conquer the American charts not once but twice between the mid 1970’s and mid 1980’s and managed to keep a successful going in their native Netherlands before and after their brief time on the hit parade is a remarkable story, and Golden Earring provides a worthwhile test case as to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s seriousness in addressing the rock and roll outside of its anglophone heartland . To those who kept on suggesting that I write about Golden Earring, this examination is a tribute to your persistence in the face of my reluctance to talk about them.
The Influence Of Golden Earring
It should be noted that my reluctance to write about Golden Earring was not based on any hostility to the band. For example, one of these days I will likely have to write about Nickelback, a band worthy of induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite being one of the worst bands of all time. There is nothing bad about the career of Golden Earring, nothing that any band would be ashamed of. Their influence consists of a few different threads. One of these threads is the band’s music itself. The band’s music has been covered by such diverse groups as U2, Blue Man Group, White Lion, REM, Def Leppard , and has also served as theme music for a variety of television and radio shows and even a NASCAR driver  that is partly responsible for bringing The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum  to the public consciousness. Not only has the band’s music been well-regarded and has served to remain in the public memory, but the band has managed to be a consistent standard bearer for Dutch Rock & Roll, a phenomenon that is all too easily neglected .
Why Golden Earring Belongs In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The biggest reason why Golden Earring belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is because their music remains vital and important today, especially their hits “Radar Love” and “Twilight Zone,” which capitalized on its sophisticated music video at the beginning of MTV. This band were pioneers of Dutch Rock and managed somehow to have two hits despite uneven support from labels in the United States, and their music has stood the test of time. Outside of those two hit singles and the hit albums they were on, the band has recorded twenty-five studio albums which have been consistent hits in their native Netherlands and between 1973 and 1986 their albums managed to chart in the United States. Golden Earring represents a chance for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to step outside of its comfort zone and reward a band that has toiled diligently if often in obscurity and with a fair amount of tragedy over the course of its career. Besides their two hit singles in the US, they have managed to have hit singles in a diverse group of markets including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium . This is a band worthy of recognition and honor.
Why Golden Earring Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
It’s likely that many people just may not be aware of the awesome career of Golden Earring. While I knew their two songs, and had thought well of them since I heard them in my youth, I did not connect the two songs to each other or to their band, and it is likely that many other people are in the same boat as I was. It is hard for people to be up in arms about a snub when they are not aware of how awesome the band’s music is, or aware that they already know a few of a band’s prominent songs. At least when we are talking about more familiar bands, we have a known body of work that we are dealing with and we can debate whether or not it is good enough or influential enough for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With Golden Earring, one has to be informed of their career and discography to begin with, and that adds a bit more time to the process of defending their candidacy.
Verdict: Put them in, the core foursome. Why not make a Germanic induction group with Kraftwerk and a band like A-Ha?
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