Time to cover Van Halen II!
(Yes, in the picture above Alex’s drum sticks are on fire. He also had a flaming gong.)
Van Halen II was released in 1979, only a year after they released their first album. The album reached number six on the charts. This album includes the songs:
- You’re No Good
- Dance the Night Away
- Somebody Get Me a Doctor
- Bottoms Up!
- Outta Love Again
- Light Up The Sky
- Spanish Fly
- Women In Love
- Beautiful Girls
BY THE WAY: If anyone reading this or any of my past posts haven’t noticed, I try to include links in the songs, so click the colored song titles and it will take you to Youtube. In past posts I think I’ve just included links at the bottom of the post.
Overall, this album is a great album! Some fun facts about this album are, David Lee Roth is shown in a cast because apparently he broke his foot jumping off the stage and landing on the microphone stand (womp womp.) Another, not so fun, but interesting nonetheless, fact is that the guitar on the back of the album is buried with Dimebag Darrell. Also, in the United States the album went 5X Platinum!
My favorite song off his album is either You’re No Good, Beautiful Girls, Women In Love, or Spanish Fly.
Spanish Fly is another solo that is a little like Eruption, but it is played on a classical guitar instead of electric. And yes, he KILLS IT. Can you guess what the song Beautiful Girls is about? I bet you caaaaaan. Here’s an excerpt if you cant:
“Here I am, ain’t no man of the world, no
All I need is a beautiful girl
Yeah! Beautiful girl
Come this way, baby
Sit down right here
Ooh, la la
Think I’ve got it now”
Women In Love is about a one night stand and woman. It’s a cover apparently, which I actually didn’t know, but whatever, if you think about it, Van Halen is kind of like Zeppelin, in that when they cover a song you initially think that they wrote the song.
You’re No Good is the song you want to hear after you break up with a woman.
“Used to be I couldn’t sleep at night, baby
Now you go on an’ do what you want to”
So yeah, there you go. I feel like this album did a lot for the overall feel that 80’s music would bring. Then again, I don’t think the 80’s would have really existed without the feel good and in your face attitude that Van Halen ushered in.
Your homework is now to listen to the album. GO GO GO GO GO.