Almost 40 years ago the Dutch invaded the Billboard 100 with a semi-tribute to one of the most revered television shows in history; o
Golden Earring’s “Twilight Zone” is a heavy hitting 80s rock bop with one of the catchiest guitar hooks in music history.
Although the song references the popular Rod Serling fantasy drama of the 60s, the song’s narrative plays out more like a cold war mystery complete with spies.
Truth be told, the song was inspired by the novel The Bourne Identity, but the lyrics still work in reference to The Twilight Zone.
“Somewhere in a lonely hotel room there’s a guy
Starting to realize that eternal fate has turned its back on him:
It’s two a.m.”
And thus it begins, almost 5 minutes of classic power pop certainly one worth introducing to hipster generations looking to build up an 80s playlist.
Here’s a sample of some of the lyrics:
“Help, I’m steppin’ into the twilight zone
Place is a madhouse, feels like being cold
My beacon’s been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go now that I’ve gone too far? (Oh oh oh)”
If you’re looking for a more straightforward, but less popular tribute to the series, Rush created a direct homage (second video below) in their 1976 tune
But in my opinion the Golden Earring version is the most pleasing for its sheer entertainment value and blast-the-speakers appeal.
Plus, it contains one of the greatest visually evocative lines in music history: “When the bullet hits the bone!”