Quick Post About 80’s Hair Metal

I found this article on the Van Halen News Desk.  I’ve been cracking up about how accurate it is all day bahahahahahahaha.

Here’s the link, I really think you should check it out, it WILL make you smile hahaha

http://www.guitarworld.com/eight-steps-becoming-legendary-hair-metal-guitarist?page=0,0

Are you ready to start your dream hair metal band now? Hit me uuuuuuup.

P.S. I also think it’s funny how they mention Panama by Van Halen and Round and Round by Ratt in the same sentence since they are reaaaaally similar.

You’re No Good

Time to cover Van Halen II!

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(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:

  1. You’re No Good
  2. Dance the Night Away
  3. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
  4. Bottoms Up!
  5. Outta Love Again
  6. Light Up The Sky
  7. Spanish Fly
  8. D.O.A.
  9. Women In Love
  10. 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.

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love

I’m finally doing Van Halen.  Woooooooooo.

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However, I’m going to break it up by album.  So firstly, let us begin with a journey through the early years and the first Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen were born in Nijmegen, Netherlands and moved to Pasadena California.  When they were kids Eddie started out on the drums and Alex started on guitar, but after sibling rivalry, they ended up switching instruments.

Skip forward some odd years and we have Mammoth.  This was Van Halen before it was Van Halen… if you get what I mean.  But after realizing there was a band in England with the same name, they switched to Van Halen.  David Lee Roth was actually the one who suggested that they rename the band Van Halen.

They started out playing backyard parties and other small time shows, but when the crowds for their backyard shows stretched into the streets, they figured it might be time for a change.

This is when they let Mark Stone go for the reason of, “different interests” and brought in Michael Anthony.  At this point, the line up is:

David Lee Roth: Vocals

Eddie Van Halen: Guitar

Michael Anthony: Bass

Alex Van Halen: Drums

Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for! Van Halen (the self-titled first album,) came out in 1978.  (Along with a lot of other great albums.) This hell of an album sold over TEN MILLION COPIES WORLD WIDE. Goooooo figure haha.

The cover consists of a picture of all four of the members playing a show at the Whisky a Go Go, which is a club/bar thing in California where they were the house band for a while.  (Other bands such as The Doors have played there as well.)

The track listing is:

All these songs are awesome.  Seriously epic.  They’re fun as hell to play too.  When I say “tapping” what do you envision? Well you SHOULD be thinking about Eruption.  Or Eddie.  Either one is fine, but only one will get you full credit herp derp.

I can play the first four songs pretty well. It was my mission at one point to learn the entire album, but life gets in the way.

Overall, I think this album changed music.  I think each member of this band changed music.  They’ve inspired other bands such as Bullet Boys and other 80’s bands such as that.  If you haven’t heard this album you are seriously slacking.  You cant call yourself a lover of rock n roll without, well, loving this album.

It is now your mission to go and listen to this album before the Wednesday.

Now go my children and spread the rock!

P.S. Oh! I almost forgot!  Check this out hahaha it’s from the new South Park, yes it has to do with Van Halen.  http://www.vhnd.com/2013/11/07/middle-east-unites-in-world-peace-celebrates-with-van-halen/