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-->"''This must be just like livin' in paradise\\
(It's just like paradise)\\
And I don't want to go home\\
(And I ain't never goin' home)''"
-->--'''David Lee Roth''', "''Just Like Paradise''"

'''David Lee Roth''' (b. 1955 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American hard rock singer who first became famous as, and is best known as, the lead singer in Music/VanHalen. Roth famously split from the group after the ''1984'' album and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, setting off what may be the single biggest FandomRivalry in music. His solo work, starting with ''Crazy from the Heat,'' helped launch the career of Music/SteveVai.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lee_Roth The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Goin' crazy, goin' crazy, oooh, from the tropes!"
* AffectionateParody: The video for "California Girls" starts with a Creator/RodSerling-style voiceover, announcing that the characters are about to take a trip into [[Series/TheTwilightZone "The Sunlight Zone"]].
** NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The video for "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" spoofs Music/MichaelJackson, Music/CyndiLauper, Music/BillyIdol, [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]] and Creator/{{MTV}} in general. There's also a guy made up as FrankensteinsMonster backstage.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: From "The Dogtown Shuffle":
-->"And like the Good Book says be quick or dead"
* TheBartender: In the video for "She's My Machine."
* BladeOnAStick: The spear he carries at the start of the video for "Goin' Crazy."
* CarpetOfVirility
* CoverAlbum: His solo debut, ''Crazy from the Heat,'' which included versions of Music/TheBeachBoys' "California Girls," the Edgar Winter Group's "Easy Street," the Lovin' Spoonful's "Coconut Grove," and Louis Prima's {{Medley}} of "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody."
** ''Diamond Dave'' is mostly covers of rock and {{Blues}} songs.
** CoverVersion: "That's Life" (by Music/FrankSinatra, among others), "Tobacco Road" (written by John D. [=Loudermilk=], originally recorded by the [=Nashville=] Teens)
* TheEighties
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Everybody's Got the Monkey"
* FacialMarkings: On the cover of ''Eat 'Em and Smile''
* HairMetal: A significant influence at least as a member of Van [=Halen=].
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PRfx0_UGua4/TrkncDKfSSI/AAAAAAAAB70/OHNPhU_23yg/s1600/imgDavid%25252520Lee%25252520Roth1.jpg Time]] [[http://legacy-cdn.smosh.com/smosh-pit/012011/old-david-lee-roth.jpg flies...]]
* IntercourseWithYou: "Bump and Grind," "Cheatin' Heart Cafe," "40 Below"
* LargeHam
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: In his heyday.
* LyricalTic: "Ow! ow! ow!," "Whooo hooo!"
* MoralGuardians: Spoofed with the [[{{Pun}} "Censorship Bored"]] in the video for "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
* OhCrap: From "Goin' Crazy":
-->"Remember dancing on the pier last night?\\
Got drunk and fell into the water\\
The big policeman wasn't laughing, didn't blink an eye\\
He said, 'You're messing with the mayor's daughter', oh no"
* PrecisionFStrike: From "Two Fools a Minute":
-->"See, the meek shall inherit shit"
* RatedMForManly
** RealMenWearPink: In his often outrageous stage outfits.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "The Dogtown Shuffle"
* RedBaron: "Diamond Dave"
* SelfDeprecation: From "Two Fools a Minute":
-->"See you in the funny papers\\
Guess that's where I'll be\\
They say two fools born a minute\\
Guess that makes me three"
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Diamond Dave,'' ''DLR Band''
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Yes, generally no, and yes. Reportedly, Eddie Van Halen's cocaine problem was one of the issues that led to Roth leaving the band. However, he was arrested in Washington Square Park in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in April 1993 for buying a dime bag of marijuana.
* StatueOfLiberty: "Yankee Rose"
* TranslatedCoverVersion: ''Sonrisa Salvaje'' (Spanish for ''Savage Smile''), a Spanish-language version of ''Eat 'Em and Smile.''
* TwoFirstNames
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Not only in [[http://www.solveisraelsproblems.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/David-Lee-Roth-with-Van-Halen.jpg the eighties]], but as far as [[http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/7827/11kb9.jpg 2007]].