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3.15 | 39 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Devil Made Me Do It (3:25)
2. Future (5:25)
3. Baby Dynamite (5:15)
4. Last of the Mohicans (4:09)
5. Lost and Found (4:00)
6. Twilight Zone (7:58)
7. Chargin' Up My Batteries (4:17)
8. Secrets (4:04)

Total Time 38:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Barry Hay / vocals , guitar
- George Kooymans / guitar, vocals
- Rinus Gerritsen / bass, keyboards
- Cesar Zuiderwijk / drums

- Robert Jan Stips / synth (3,7)
- Hans Hollestelle / horn arrangements (1)

Releases information

Artwork: Harold Edgerton (photo)

LP Mercury ‎- 6302 224 (1982, Netherlands)
LP Music On Vinyl ‎- MOVLP047 (2011, Europe)

CD 21 Records ‎- 100.033 (1986, Netherlands)
CD Red Bullet ‎- RB. 100.033 (1994, Netherlands)
CD Red Bullet ‎- RB 66.215 (2001, Netherlands)

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GOLDEN EARRING Cut ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars The last albums from this excellent Dutch band were not really thrilling, and I had to be quite optimistic with their previous one to rate it with two stars.

This album is unfortunately not good at all. At least in its initial phase.

The opener must be one of their weakest track ever. Loads of wind instruments, funk-pop- rock of the poorest quality. One option only: press next. Or double next to avoid the evitable funky ''Future''.

Finally, some fine basic rock enhanced with good keys from Jan Stips breaks the boring mood. ''Baby Dynamite'' is the first acceptable song from this ''Cut''. ''Lost & Found'' can also be categorized as such, but when I listen the atrocious ''Last Of The Mohicans'', the desolation totally invades me.

Another good track is the disco-rock ''Twilight Zone''. Some sort of ''Miss You'' (Stones) emanation. Bearing in mind what the listener had to endure so far, it has to be considered as a highlight. Actually it is a good song and since it lasts for about eight minutes, it is raising the level of the whole work substantially even if some might argue that is it too repetitive. But I prefer repetitive and good than short and weak.

Almost the same feel about ''Chargin' My Batteries''. Nothing revolutionary but a simple and effective rock track with melodic vocals.

I quite don't understand the way that the band (or their management) decided the running order of their tracks on their last five albums or so: the first three or four were always amongst the weakest which is quite bizarre. At times one doesn't even have the strengths to listen further. And, it is again the same with this ''Cut'' since the closing ''Secrets'' is quite decent as well.

Two stars finally.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Golden Earring is one of those bands that had a few really great songs that helped them advance to stardom, but tried too much to replicate success thus putting out a lot of sub-par material that unfortunately took a toll on any rock god status that they could have earned. Most people are familiar with their two huge hits, which were actually excellent songs, both "Radar Love" and "Twilight Zone". But they also had some excellent, even progressive songs, that weren't huge hits, but should have been considered classics, including "She Flies on Strange Wings", "Vanilla Queen" and "Candy's Going Bad", among others. But their sub-par material outweighed their quality music, and unfortunately, that is the reputation they ended up with, just another fairly minor band, when they had the capability of being much better than that.

Two of Golden Earring's original members stayed with the band through it all, guitarist and vocalist George Kooymans and bassist, keyboardist, and guitarist Rinus Gerritsen. Both Barry Hay (vocalist, guitarist and etc) and Caesar Zuidersijk (drums and percussion) would join the band a few years later, before the band's rise to fame, and would also become long-time members who would also remain with the band afterwards. Ever since 1987 the band would remain a quartet of these four musicians, and something has to be said about their loyalty through it all. Although the band had additional international success, they would only see minimal success in the US with the two mentioned singles. However, they were able to release a total of 25 studio albums, 8 live albums, 2 major compilations and 74 singles worldwide. Only 2 of those albums would crack the top 50 in the US, "Moontan" and "Cut".

"Cut", which was the bands 16th album, was released in 1982. The fact that is was one of their most popular albums lies in the fact that it had their 2nd big hit (in the US) on it. Unfortunately, it was released in the middle of a string of albums that were quite average, and overall, it was also quite average. It was the luck of the draw that it would get to be as popular as it was, even though the album couldn't seem to pull out another successful single, even though it was full of radio friendly songs. However, the album isn't a complete write off either, and most of their albums seemed to always have a couple of decent tracks among the several weak tracks, all of them fighting for notoriety, but not getting it.

The album is made up of 8 tracks and has a total run-time of 38 minutes, the longest of which is the full almost 8 minute version of "Twilight Zone". The band line-up was, at this point, the classic 4 person line up. The album kicks off with "The Devil Made Me Do It", which was the track that tried to be the 2nd hit off the album. It is produced with slick horns, and has a nice upbeat and catchy style to it. It had all the makings of a hit, but just couldn't generate the excitement of the first single, plus the face that the word "bullsh*t" appears a few times, and the radio stations in the US just weren't into playing songs with naughty words in them. It could have been their 3rd hit, easily. The addition of horns also gives the track more excitement and substance. But the next track "Future" takes the spark right out of the first track, with a moderate, sneaky sounding track that at least has a faster 2nd theme that appears a few times. But it was a song that sounded too much like other songs that had been done before, with that slight espionage feel that many of their tracks had. But it lacks anything really memorable.

"Baby Dynamite" has the Golden Earring attitude, but is a moderate track with guest synth work by Robert Jan Stips that make it sound like many of the synth laden songs of the decade it comes from. The track is just one song in the band's pile of mediocrity. "Last of the Mohicans" sounds a bit more promising with a nice, infectious guitar riff, and a bit more upbeat, but nothing more as the rest is too poppy sounding and the vocals have no real emotional pull. The chorus is too corny and stereotypical. "Lost and Found" is the twin brother to "Twilight Zone" but shorter, with a similar riff, but the band doesn't capitalize on it much, thus turning it into just another song.

"Twilight Zone" finally comes next to rescue the album from mediocrity. The song has everything the public wanted from Golden Earring. That sound of espionage again, the infectious bass riff that gets played along with forever in the long instrumental break, almost sounding like it was inspired by a disco beat, yet it was still a fun and exciting track anyway. It gave the public what they wanted. I just don't understand why the band didn't take a cue from this and Radar Love that this is what the public wanted, songs that stand out and generate excitement, not run of the mill songs with nothing to grab a hold of. Yes, the song is repetitive, but that is the charm of it as it continues and grows in intensity through its long instrumental section. The vocals even generate the excitement working along with that cool, dirty guitar sound that created a rock anthem. They proved they had the ability, yet, for some reason, they missed it more than they hit it.

"Chargin' Up My Batteries" features the synth work of Stips again, and after the excitement of the previous track, it sounds like their batteries have gone dead. Its just pop fodder, not what the public wanted to hear. It didn't even get a chance to be a single, though it could have been a perfect jingle for Eveready. The last track is "Secrets" and is even worse.

There is no doubt that Golden Earring had it in them to be remembered as a better band than they were, but, their search for the next big hit just put them in the sad pile of mediocre bands. They did have great songs other than their two hits, but they all came along in the 70s, and the fact that Twilight Zone seemed to come out of nowhere amid a string of bad albums should have been the band's wake up call to get serious again, but they never would. If you are looking for a collection of their best songs, I would suggest the first half of "The Continuing Story of Radar Love" which has some of their better earlier songs on it while the 2nd side is more hit and miss, but it is pretty much all you need in the band's discography, plus a few of their better tracks in the 70s. "Cut" is just basically another mediocre album in the middle of a bunch of other mediocre albums of the band in the 80s that just happened to generate a hit.

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