History Music / VanHalen

26th Jun '16 1:33:36 AM gewunomox
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* EgocentricTeamNaming: named after brothers Eddie & Alex. (though Dave suggested the name, citing {{Santana}} as a reference)

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* EgocentricTeamNaming: named Named after brothers Eddie & Alex. (though Dave suggested the name, citing {{Santana}} Music/{{Santana}} as a reference)
22nd Jun '16 4:40:44 AM gewunomox
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The impact of their very first album, which was practically without precedent. While some of it was arguably the result of CoolVersusAwesome ("Runnin' With the Devil" sounded both as loud as TheWho and as fuzzy as JimiHendrix), other parts of the album were absurdly original. "Eruption" sounded like a tidal wave hitting an electric power plant, while their famous cover of "You Really Got Me" had a jerky, machine-like cadence that rock musicians had formerly needed synthesizers in order to approximate.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The impact of their very first album, which was practically without precedent. While some of it was arguably the result of CoolVersusAwesome ("Runnin' With the Devil" sounded both as loud as TheWho and as fuzzy as JimiHendrix), Music/JimiHendrix), other parts of the album were absurdly original. "Eruption" sounded like a tidal wave hitting an electric power plant, while their famous cover of "You Really Got Me" had a jerky, machine-like cadence that rock musicians had formerly needed synthesizers in order to approximate.
22nd May '16 6:29:18 AM 3rdStringPG
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* LighterAndSofter: Van Hagar.

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* LighterAndSofter: Van Hagar. From sex and partying to love and relationships, for the most part.
22nd May '16 6:20:43 AM 3rdStringPG
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* DoNotCallMePaul: At points in his career, Eddie has insisted that he be referred to as ''Edward'' Van Halen.
25th Apr '16 11:33:09 PM aye_amber
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* TropeCodifier: When elderly people or foreigners (non-Anglo-Americans who might be TwoDecadesBehind or more) picture rock musicians, Van Halen is probably the archetype they're thinking of. While Music/ElvisPresley, [[Music/RollingStones Mick Jagger]], and [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] did much to define [[UrExample the rock star's basic personality]] and Music/AliceCooper and Music/{{KISS}} solidified [[TropeNamer the "look"]], it was Van Halen who brought the ultimate in rock-and-roll energy and attitude.

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* TropeCodifier: When elderly people or foreigners (non-Anglo-Americans who might be TwoDecadesBehind or more) picture rock musicians, Van Halen is probably the archetype they're thinking of. While Music/ElvisPresley, [[Music/RollingStones [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]], Jagger,]] and [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] did much to define [[UrExample the rock star's basic personality]] and Music/AliceCooper and Music/{{KISS}} solidified [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers the "look"]], "look,"]] it was Van Halen who brought the ultimate in rock-and-roll energy and attitude.
29th Feb '16 11:45:05 PM DanielCase
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* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot of these from the early years with Roth: "''Have you seen Junior's grades?"
19th Jan '16 7:33:28 PM igordebraga
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[[caption-width-right:350:The classic late 70's/early 80's lineup of Van Halen. From left to right: David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The classic late 70's/early 80's lineup of Van Halen. From left to right: David Lee Roth, Music/DavidLeeRoth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony.]]



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 ''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 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 ''Thriller'', ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', playing the solo on "Beat It".)



* BigRockEnding

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* BigRockEndingBigRockEnding: Many of their songs tend to have it, including "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Hot for Teacher".



* LongRunnerLineUp: Both the Dave and Sammy line-ups lasted over 10 years.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Both the Dave and Sammy line-ups lasted over 10 years. The current one completes a decade in 2016.



** Now with Dave back, ''A Different Kind of Truth'' climbs the scale up again. The song ''China Town'' borders on an 8.

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** Now with Dave back, ''A Different Kind of Truth'' climbs the scale up again. The song ''China Town'' "China Town" borders on an 8.



* SecretTest The band's infamous 1982 tour rider request that no brown [=M&Ms=] be included in their backstage bowl of M&M's or the band would not perform. The request was not intended to be self-indulgent or eccentric, but was instead proof that the promoters had thoroughly read the rest of their rider, which included important information about safety, security, lighting and ticketing. If they found brown [=M&Ms=], they had a reason to believe that the promoter was inattentive, because if such a small request had been glossed over, then other more important things also had; as a result, they would have reason to demand that the venue inspect and/or redo the setup, or could just refuse to play altogether if the venue balked. This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the band after a number of near-misses caused by promoters not adhering to health and safety requirements that resulted in damaged equipment and members of the road crew very nearly being electrocuted on several occasions, and their concert preparations were so cumbersome they were rather reluctant to tour outside the USA at various points (see the "Mis-Blamed" entry at the YMMV page for one such example).

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* SecretTest SecretTest: The band's infamous 1982 tour rider request that no brown [=M&Ms=] be included in their backstage bowl of M&M's or the band would not perform. The request was not intended to be self-indulgent or eccentric, but was instead proof that the promoters had thoroughly read the rest of their rider, which included important information about safety, security, lighting and ticketing. If they found brown [=M&Ms=], they had a reason to believe that the promoter was inattentive, because if such a small request had been glossed over, then other more important things also had; as a result, they would have reason to demand that the venue inspect and/or redo the setup, or could just refuse to play altogether if the venue balked. This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the band after a number of near-misses caused by promoters not adhering to health and safety requirements that resulted in damaged equipment and members of the road crew very nearly being electrocuted on several occasions, and their concert preparations were so cumbersome they were rather reluctant to tour outside the USA at various points (see the "Mis-Blamed" entry at the YMMV page for one such example).
15th Nov '15 5:20:45 PM nombretomado
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* CoverVersion: "You Really Got Me" and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" by Music/TheKinks[[note]]During a ''Diver Down'' interview, Dave admitted they could play "six different Kinks songs", and would play them "into the dirt" every night when they were starting out[[/note]], "Ice Cream Man" by John Brim, "You're No Good" by Betty Everett (but popularised by Music/LindaRonstadt) "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)" by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, "Happy Trails" by RoyRogers and Dale Evans, "A Apolitical Blues" by Music/LittleFeat (the only cover to make it on a Van Hagar album). In concert they would frequently play "Rock and Roll" by Music/LedZeppelin, "Addicted to Love" by Music/RobertPalmer, Sammy Hagar's solo hit "I Can't Drive 55" (the 2006 tour also had a few tracks from his 2000s output) and "Won't Get Fooled Again" by Music/TheWho. For many people, [[CoveredUp their versions overshadow the originals]] -- Ray Davies himself said their cover of "You Really Got Me" beat the original.

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* CoverVersion: "You Really Got Me" and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" by Music/TheKinks[[note]]During a ''Diver Down'' interview, Dave admitted they could play "six different Kinks songs", and would play them "into the dirt" every night when they were starting out[[/note]], "Ice Cream Man" by John Brim, "You're No Good" by Betty Everett (but popularised by Music/LindaRonstadt) "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)" by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, "Happy Trails" by RoyRogers Creator/RoyRogers and Dale Evans, "A Apolitical Blues" by Music/LittleFeat (the only cover to make it on a Van Hagar album). In concert they would frequently play "Rock and Roll" by Music/LedZeppelin, "Addicted to Love" by Music/RobertPalmer, Sammy Hagar's solo hit "I Can't Drive 55" (the 2006 tour also had a few tracks from his 2000s output) and "Won't Get Fooled Again" by Music/TheWho. For many people, [[CoveredUp their versions overshadow the originals]] -- Ray Davies himself said their cover of "You Really Got Me" beat the original.
15th Nov '15 11:49:58 AM youngbond007
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[[caption-width-right:350:The other popular lineup (often referred to as the "Van Hagar" lineup) of Van Halen from the mid 80's to the mid 90's. From left to right: Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Sammy Hagar.]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:The other popular lineup (often referred to as the "Van Hagar" lineup) lineup of Van Halen from the mid 80's to the mid 90's. From left to right: Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Sammy Hagar.]]

14th Nov '15 9:17:45 PM youngbond007
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[[caption-width-right:350:The other popular lineup of Van Halen from the mid 80's to the mid 90's. From left to right: Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Sammy Hagar.]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:The other popular lineup (often referred to as the "Van Hagar" lineup) of Van Halen from the mid 80's to the mid 90's. From left to right: Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Sammy Hagar.]]

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