History Music / VanHalen

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.
30th Jul '16 3:08:09 PM Brickmaster4496
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** 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 had ever gone into, even more grim than anything Fair Warning could dish out.
** The Seventh Seal begins with an eerie, low-pitched latin choir chanting for the first 17 seconds or so. Amplified when you consider this is the literal first thing you hear on the entire album.

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** 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 had has ever gone into, even more grim than anything Fair Warning could dish out.
** The first track on Balance, The Seventh Seal Seal, begins with an eerie, low-pitched latin choir chanting for the first 17 seconds or so. Amplified when you consider remember this is the literal first thing you hear on the entire album.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.
30th Jul '16 2:59:26 PM Brickmaster4496
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** The Seventh Seal begins with an eerie, low-pitched latin choir chanting for the first 17 seconds or so. Amplified when you consider this is the literal first thing you hear on the entire album.
30th Jul '16 10:42:09 AM Brickmaster4496
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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 had ever gone into, even more grim than anything Fair Warning could dish out.
** Yet again from Balance, even the cover art is probably the creepiest in the entire Van Halen catalogue.
30th Jul '16 10:30:21 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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* Hidden Track: Women and Children First has a hidden instrumental at the very end, called Growth. It's only 19 seconds long.
** On the Japanese edition of Balance, a bonus 13th track called Crossing Over can be heard.
7th Jul '16 10:04:25 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 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.

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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 Music/TheWho and as fuzzy as 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.
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.
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