Music / David Lee Roth
"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 Van Halen
. Roth famously split from the group after the 1984
album and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, setting off what may be the single biggest Fandom Rivalry
in music. His solo work, starting with Crazy from the Heat,
helped launch the career of Steve Vai
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Goin' crazy, goin' crazy, oooh, from the tropes!"
- Affectionate Parody: The video for "California Girls" starts with a Rod Serling-style voiceover, announcing that the characters are about to take a trip into "The Sunlight Zone".
- Album Title Drop: In another album: the EP Crazy from the Heat has its title mentioned, as seen in the trope list title, in "Goin' Crazy!"
- As the Good Book Says...: From "The Dogtown Shuffle":
"And like the Good Book says be quick or dead"
- The Bartender: In the video for "She's My Machine."
- Blade on a Stick: The spear he carries at the start of the video for "Goin' Crazy."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Nobody did being a rock star better than David. Say what you want about his ego, but he had the talent to back it up, the personality to make it work, and the business savvy to keep himself in the black. The whole "no brown M&M's" thing was just a very clever way to make certain the promoters did their job so he could do his job.
- Carpet of Virility
- Cover Album: His solo debut, Crazy from the Heat, which included versions of The Beach Boys' "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.
- Cover Version: "That's Life" (by Frank Sinatra, among others), "Tobacco Road" (written by John D. Loudermilk, originally recorded by the Nashville Teens)
- The '80s
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: "Everybody's Got the Monkey"
- Excited Song Title!: "Goin' Crazy!", "It's Showtime!", "Slam Dunk!", "Wa Wa Zat!!". He had a few with Van Halen too, which are in their page.
- Facial Markings: On the cover of Eat 'Em and Smile
- Handicapped Badass: Lead guitarist Jason Becker finished ”A Little Ain’t Enough” while suffering the early stages of ALS, which eventually left him unable to speak or move, and still composes music twenty years later, suffering from an ilness that kills most sufferers within a few years.
- Hair Metal: A significant influence at least as a member of Van Halen.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Time◊ flies...◊
- Intercourse with You: "Bump and Grind," "Cheatin' Heart Cafe," "40 Below"
- Large Ham
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In his heyday.
- Lyrical Tic: "Ow! ow! ow!," "Whooo hooo!"
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Much like Van Halen, his rock oriented songs are generally in the 5-7 range.
- Moral Guardians: Spoofed with the "Censorship Bored" in the video for "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
- Oh, Crap!: 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"
- Precision F-Strike: From "Two Fools a Minute":
"See, the meek shall inherit shit"
- Rated M for Manly
- Read the Fine Print: If you're the promoter and Van Halen tells you to put a bowl of M&M's backstage, and there'd better not be any brown M&M's in the bowl, do it. You do not want David Lee Roth to see a brown M&M in that bowl. If he sees one, it means there is a very good chance you did not follow the technical specifications for all the equipment and safety meaures in their show. That means the show may not go on, which pisses off Van Halen, their fans, and also comes straight out of your pocket.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "The Dogtown Shuffle"
- Red Baron: "Diamond Dave"
- Scatting: Hummala beebuhla zeebuhla boobuhla hummala beebuhla zeebuhla bop!
- Self-Deprecation: 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"
- Self-Titled Album: Diamond Dave, DLR Band
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: 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 New York City in April 1993 for buying a dime bag of marijuana.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As any hammy rockstar would be. Bordering on Cloud Cuckoolander at times.
- Spiritual Successor: His solo career is pretty much the Roth years of Van Halen continued while Van Halen went a different direction.
- Statue of Liberty: "Yankee Rose"
- Translated Cover Version: Sonrisa Salvaje (Spanish for Savage Smile), a Spanish-language version of Eat 'Em and Smile.
- Two First Names
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Not only in the eighties◊, but as far as 2007◊. A at at