Golden Earrings* ‎– Things Go Better

Coca-Cola ‎– SL 3004
Vinyl, 7", Single

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A Things Go Better
Written-By – Backer*
B Rum And Coca-Cola
Written-By – Sullavan*, Amsterdam*, Baron*

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Special Record for The Coca-Cola Export Corporation. The single could only be bought at grocery stores. The single was 'packed' in a 4 page leaflet (a bit wider and a bit shorter than A4 format) for Coca Cola. On page 3 the singlecover was glued, which is the reason that all (?) covers have spots of glue-residue.

According to several fansites (such as and the single was (also) issued in combination with the Dutch musicmagazine "Teenbeat" (edition October 1966).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): SL 3004 1F
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): SL 3004 2F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped (Variant 1)): SL 3004 1F 1 670 114
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped (Variant 1)): SL 3004 2F 1 670 113
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped (Variant 2)): SL 3004 1F 1 670 1111
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped (Variant 2)): SL 3004 2F 1 670 1115
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped (Variant 3)): SL 3004 1F 1 670 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped (Variant 3)): SL 3004 2F 1 670 1115



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April 5, 2017
A crazy story, sourced from their official biography.

This single was recorded much against the band's liking. Recording music for a commercial brand was regarded against the creative process they always wanted to be in the foreground. However, the band's VW bus that was used for their concerts was about to break down, and with the 15.000 Dutch guilders to be earned from this Coca-Cola single, they could afford themselves a brand new Ford Transit van.The single was only for sale at De Gruyter, a then popular Dutch grocery store.

"Things go better" borrows some parts from an earlier GE composition, "That day". The B-side, "Rum and Coca-Cola" was a rock version of the popular evergreen.

The band got themselves that red van, and they made the entire Hagueish pop scene jealous with it. However, three weeks after purchase, at a gig in Vlissingen, the story ended. One of the roadies who just got his driver's licence decided to take the van away for a refuel, together with Rinus Gerritsen's brother Robbie. After refueling the vehicle, they crashed into a tree, which was standing in the middle of the road. The tree was never cut, because it was said to be the only tree that survived the infamous Dutch 1953 watershed (and hence, had monumental status)...