When the Lady Smiles

Another Golden Earring song. I don’t know what it is about this band that does it for me. It’s impossible to argue with the coordination of drum beats and choreography here. I declare their videos to be awesome even if the lead singer looks like a cleaned up version of a former friend of mine, a drugged out, bed-wetting, South African Victorianist who I refer to on this blog under the clever pseudonym of Chamberlain – minus his signature red jeans and yellow leather jacket, of course. But that’s neither here nor there.

I’m also starting to learn that Golden Earring is a fantastic primer on 80s critical theory but instead of being bored, the viewer is here permitted to rock out with the tragic price that he is deprived of some choice jargon. This video, like the last one I linked, has an extended exposition of “the female imago” (Lacan; “The Mirror Stage” essay), as well as a critique of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and window washing (Foucault; Birth of the Clinic), and a critique of public transportation (darknessatnoon; numerous posts on this blog).

6 Responses to “When the Lady Smiles”

  1. Victoria J. van Dijk Says:

    Ah, those old Dutch dinosaurs! They’re still together after 40+ years with no signs of quitting–they rival the Rolling Stones for longevity.You might want to check out their biggest hit from the 80s, “Twilight Zone.” The video was a bit too explicit for MTV (those great arbiters of good taste) but can be found on YouTube quite easily. No video as far as I know for their signature song, “Radar Love,” which is now featured on umpteen different commercials. Other interesting songs worth hearing include “She Flies on Strange Wings” (which makes me want to start up an airline called Strange Wings so she can fly on it), “Switch” (yes, gender bending and fluid identity), “Fightin’ Windmills” (a peculiarly Dutch twist on Don Quixote), along with “The Road Swallowed Her Name,” “Cruisin’ Southern Germany,” “Against the Grain,” “Thousand Feet Below You,” “Silver Ships” and many, many more. They’ve also done their share of godawful things as well, but what does one expect from any group that’s gone on as long as they have?I think some of their work is a bit incomprehensible to American audiences. Some of their lyrics don’t quite cut it in English–something got lost in translation. But I think the bigger issue is that people who live in big imperialist nations really can’t see from the point of view of those from tiny ones.There really is more to the Netherlands than tulips, wooden shoes, and windmills–or, for that matter, legal marijuana and red light districts.But the Dutch band most worth hearing–if one can track down their work–is Gruppo Sportivo. A strange case of Dutch queer satire meets ABBA, the Shangri-Las, and Wings.

  2. universallyhated Says:

    what a great video! that guy doesn’t look like Chamberlain, sorry. from the video this guy also appears to be much… straighter.

  3. Victoria J. van Dijk Says:

    But the thing about the Netherlands is that it’s the gayest country on earth–even the straight people there are queer.

  4. darknessatnoon Says:

    “I think some of their work is a bit incomprehensible to American audiences. Some of their lyrics don’t quite cut it in English–something got lost in translation.”Well, that nun’s red bra certainly signifies. For a brief moment, I flashed back to the nun in Measure for Measure who fantasizes aloud about being whipped by a string of rubies. Those nuns and their dark habits.

  5. Victoria J. van Dijk Says:

    Speaking of Dark Habits, this is actually wilder than Almodovar–if that’s possible.I was thinking that this video is sort of a dehomosexualized comic satire on the film De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man). Do you know that one? The protagonist (who is really off his hinges) is saved from many things (sexual and otherwise) including a ghastly death when he sees the Virgin Mary on a street in Vlissingen (a city near the border with Belgium).And to imagine that the greater part of the world thinks that the Dutch have no sense of humour.

  6. darknessatnoon Says:

    I haven’t seen The Fourth Man yet. Maybe I should watch it and do one of my timely reviews of the movie for this blog.

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