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Golden Earring - Moontan.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1973
GenreHard rock, progressive rock
39:41 (US version)
LabelTrack, MCA, Polydor
ProducerGolden Earring
Golden Earring chronology
Alternative cover
United States rerelease cover
United States rerelease cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Moontan is the ninth album by Dutch rock band Golden Earring, released in 1973. It contains the radio hit "Radar Love", and was voted 9th best Dutch pop album ever by readers of music magazine Oor in 2008.[3] In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came #32 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[4] Moontan is the band's most successful album in the United States, being the only Golden Earring album to be certified Gold by the RIAA.[5]

"Vanilla Queen" twice samples Marilyn Monroe's character in There's No Business Like Show Business: "Well, in simple English I'm..." from the "Lazy" performance and "What's your name, Honey?" from the "Heat Wave" performance.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Hay and Kooymans except where noted.

Original track listing (European/UK version)[edit]

  1. "Candy's Going Bad" – 6:12
  2. "Are You Receiving Me" (John Fenton, Hay, Kooymans) – 9:31
  3. "Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)" – 4:24
  4. "Radar Love" – 6:26
  5. "Just Like Vince Taylor" – 4:33
  6. "Vanilla Queen" – 9:16

US/Canadian track listing[edit]

  1. "Radar Love" – 6:26
  2. "Candy's Going Bad" – 6:12
  3. "Vanilla Queen" – 9:20
  4. "Big Tree, Blue Sea" – 8:13
  5. "Are You Receiving Me" (Fenton, Hay, Kooymans) – 9:32

This is also the track listing on the original UK vinyl release (see above), as well as on early U.S. LP pressings (Track/MCA 396). The U.S. version of the album was originally issued with the UK "exotic dancer" cover, but this was quickly withdrawn and replaced with the "earring" cover depicted at right.


Additional personnel


  • Producer: Golden Earring
  • Executive Producer: Fred Haayen
  • Engineer: Pieter Nieboer
  • Arranger: Golden Earring


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 12

AlbumRPM Magazine (Canada)

Year Chart Position
1974 Top Albums 15[6]

Singles — Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Candy's Going Bad" Pop Singles 91
1974 "Radar Love" Pop Singles 13

Singles — RPM (Canada)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Radar Love" Top Singles 10[7]


  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ "OOR PRESENTEERT: 50 JAAR NEDERPOP inclusief DE 50 BESTE NEDERLANDSE POPALBUMS ALLER TIJDEN". 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2019-12-22. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search Results for Golden Earring". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ "RPM Top Albums - September 14, 1974" (PDF).
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - August 3, 1974" (PDF).

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