History Music / VanHalen

19th Jun '17 5:28:49 PM BlackSwan81
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* MoneySong: "Big Fat Money" from ''Balance''.
18th May '17 4:21:57 PM SPBurke
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* SpotlightStealingSquad: During their first major tour opening for Ted Nugent. Van Halen was a fresh, original band doing high energy shows supporting their debut album. Nugent, by contrast, was touring behind [[DorkAge weak latter day]] material after [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere his original backing band got fed up and abandoned him]]. Big name fans like HenryRollins would report "They put the Nuge to bed on that tour."
13th May '17 3:55:22 PM nombretomado
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** David Lee Roth also covered Louis Prima's 1956 "Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)", itself a mashup of two 1928 standards. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN-4lX0QyZc video]] also parodied {{MTV}} and dozens of 1980s celebrities.

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** David Lee Roth also covered Louis Prima's 1956 "Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)", itself a mashup of two 1928 standards. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN-4lX0QyZc video]] also parodied {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} and dozens of 1980s celebrities.
25th Apr '17 10:06:35 AM Brickmaster4496
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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: By the nineties, this was hitting Mike pretty hard -- most of the bass in ''III'' was done by Eddie, and not only Mike just got into the Van Hagar reunion in 2006 because Sammy wanted him to, but on the new tracks of ''Best of Both Worlds'' he only did backing vocals (Eddie had already played bass).

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: By the nineties, this was hitting Mike pretty hard -- most of the bass in ''III'' was done by Eddie, and not only Mike just got into the Van Hagar reunion in 2006 2004 because Sammy wanted him to, but on the new tracks of ''Best of Both Worlds'' he only did backing vocals (Eddie had already played bass).bass).
** When Mike was fired and replaced with Eddie's son, Wolfgang, he wasn't even properly notified. He only found out because of online news sources reporting it.
25th Apr '17 10:03:03 AM Brickmaster4496
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** What parts of the later Sammy Hagar years became. Compare Dreams or When It's Love to something like Humans Being, The Seventh Seal or Crossing Over, and you might not guess the latter songs are even from the same band.

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** What parts of the later Sammy Hagar years became. Compare Dreams "Dreams" or When "When It's Love Love" to something like Humans Being, The "Humans Being", "The Seventh Seal Seal" or Crossing Over, "Crossing Over", and you might not guess the latter songs are even from the same band.
5th Mar '17 5:54:05 PM TheDeadSkin
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* Nightmare Fuel: The instrumental 'Strung Out' from Balance can qualify as this.
** From the Japanese version of the same album, Crossing Over is a hauntingly dark song that Eddie originally conceived in 1983, to vent his feelings when one of his closest friends killed himself. When Ed Leffler (Van Halen's then-manager) died in 1995, Eddie decided to finish the song. The lyrics heavily allude to suicide and reaching out to a ghostly plane of existence to see deceased loved ones again. It's easily the darkest territory the band has ever gone into, even more grim than anything Fair Warning could dish out.
** The first track on Balance, The Seventh Seal, begins with an eerie, low-pitched latin choir chanting for the first 17 seconds or so. Amplified when you remember this is the literal first thing you hear on the entire album. The rest of the song's lyrics that refer to Bible's Revelation passages, drowning in "mother earth's soul", darkened skies, and implications of armageddon don't help either. It's a fast indicator that the fourth and final album of Sammy Hagar's era wasn't going to be like Van Halen's usual party-rocking predecessors.
** Yet again from Balance, even the cover art is probably the creepiest in the entire Van Halen catalogue.
21st Feb '17 10:35:54 PM gewunomox
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After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when [[DeaderThanDisco disco]] was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).

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After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by TheKinks, Music/TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when [[DeaderThanDisco disco]] was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).
13th Nov '16 10:30:11 AM WhatArtThee
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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally Rank around 5-6. Occasionally drift into 7, or down to 3 or 4. The DLR years on average are much higher on the list than later incarnations, fueling the BrokenBase somewhat.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally Rank rank around 5-6. Occasionally drift into 7, or down to 3 or 4. The DLR years on average are much higher on the list than later incarnations, fueling the BrokenBase somewhat.
6th Oct '16 6:33:44 PM ChiliConQueso
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* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: If "Dreams" doesn't make you feel empowered, nothing will.
24th Sep '16 8:56:54 AM WhatArtThee
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If Music/TheRollingStones had [[CaptainObvious Eddie Van Halen]] as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock-slash-HeavyMetal band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!

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If Music/TheRollingStones had [[CaptainObvious Eddie Van Halen]] as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock-slash-HeavyMetal HardRock band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!



Van Halen hit their indisputable peak with ''1984''. Their highest-selling and most critically acclaimed album, ''1984'' saw the band reconcile their anthemic rock/metal with Eddie's love of keyboards, and gave them their most enduring hits: the keyboard-powered "Jump", the hyper-speed hilarity of "Hot for Teacher" and the EpicRiff-driven "Panama". As a testament to how good it was, ''1984'' was [[WorthyOpponent only kept off the #1 position in the US because of]] ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''. (Coincidentally enough, Eddie also made a cameo appearance on ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', playing the solo on "Beat It".)

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Van Halen hit their indisputable peak with ''1984''. Their highest-selling and most critically acclaimed album, ''1984'' saw the band reconcile their anthemic rock/metal rock with Eddie's love of keyboards, and gave them their most enduring hits: the keyboard-powered "Jump", the hyper-speed hilarity of "Hot for Teacher" and the EpicRiff-driven "Panama". As a testament to how good it was, ''1984'' was [[WorthyOpponent only kept off the #1 position in the US because of]] ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''. (Coincidentally enough, Eddie also made a cameo appearance on ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', playing the solo on "Beat It".)



* HardRock: They basically saved and redefined HardRock, making sure it would last TheEighties. Though on the other hand...
* HeavyMetal: Their ridiculously fast tempos, high placements on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness and Eddie's key role in popularising the tapping technique might make them more heavy metal than hard rock. Heavy metal alone wouldn't have been the same without Eddie being the TropeCodifier for lightning-speed tapping.

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* HardRock: They basically saved and redefined HardRock, making sure it would last TheEighties. Though on the other hand...\n
* HeavyMetal: Their ridiculously fast tempos, high placements on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness and Eddie's key role in popularising the tapping technique might make them more heavy metal than hard rock. Though it's debatable whether or not they are this, Heavy metal alone metal wouldn't have been the same without Eddie being the TropeCodifier for lightning-speed tapping.
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