Roboto.” Roth is “a victim of the science age” who “is the ruler of these netherworlds” when he’s not ruling “these streets” on a nightly basis. The central problem with Van Halen III is the material. Alex Van Halen was a little restrained owing to the size of the room, but his drumming remained precise and propulsive. 7. 72. 122. “Me Wise Magic,” Best Of — Volume I (1996)The other new track from the fleeting ’96 Roth reunion, and supposedly the good one, which is depressing news for anyone about to listen to the bad one. 70. “Honeybabysweetiedoll,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)There’s some heavy action on this puppy, and people hysterically drawn to thrash might consider it the best track off A Different Kind of Truth. 9. Among Van Halen fans, there tend to be three distinct perceptions of who Sammy Hagar is. Then again, Eddie Van Halen has long insisted he quit purchasing new music around 1986, which likely limited his exposure to “Get on the Snake.” Anyway, this song is titled “Dirty Water Dog,” and I don’t want to know why. Some highlights are pieces about Olympic sprinters, Eddie Van Halen, and a thorough evaluation of every KISS album. This is a song about a man losing a woman to another woman, with personal politics more aligned to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” than Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl.” The playing is restrained and the introductory lead has the compelling inclusion of what appears to be a bum note, which is (of course) totally intentional. 104. “Cathedral,” Diver Down (1982)It would be wonderful to say this was what happened after Eddie Van Halen read Raymond Carver, but it’s really just a guitar made to sound like a church organ. Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century [Klosterman, Chuck] on Amazon.com. Too much banter on this one. The latest is I Wear the Black Hat. Reception. 109. “I’m the One,” Van Halen (1978)This one careens all over the place, almost as if the song itself is being shaken as it unspools. And they exerted that influence because they were revolutionary. “How Many Say I,” Van Halen III (1998)The closing track on the ill-fated Van Halen III, this is a piano ballad representing the only time Eddie Van Halen handles lead vocals on a Van Halen song. Sammy Hagar quit Van Halen twice, the first time being in June of 1996. David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen in 2015. If you’ve never seen an 8-track, I’m sure this makes no sense whatsoever. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. That said, I find myself mildly awed by how well these boozehounds can play their instruments shit-faced. I was introduced to “Little Dreamer” on an 8-track tape. I can’t go that far, but it feels stupid to hate on this (especially since I really enjoy that glossy, studied pre-chorus). Roth’s managers declined the offer without even consulting Roth, prompting Fox to manufacture an instrumental soundalike that probably cost Dave a few million dollars and the chance to snort krell in a bathroom stall with peak Shannen Doherty. “Outta Love Again,” Van Halen II (1979)Though presented as stock cock rock, the lick construction improves upon inspection, almost as if the spine of the song is running up and down a staircase. 75. 98. 87. Not a lot, but some. Van Halen is, in many ways, the high-profile exception to otherwise inflexible rules: classically trained virtuosos who make music for getting hammered in parking lots. 15. Oh, and the concept of the VORM. “As Is,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)Not really Dave-esque music, though he tries to make it work as best he can. It’s a song devoid of detractors, except for people who like Van Halen a little too much and refuse to view it as legitimate rock. “When It’s Love,” OU812 (1988)You’ve heard these keyboards before and you will hear them again (Optimus Prime is feeling better). It appeared, at the time, that this would lead to a Van Halen reunion with Roth, particularly when the four original members appeared together at the MTV Music Awards and recorded two new songs for a greatest hits package. 58. “Little Guitars,” Diver Down (1982)The intro is flamenco “Eruption” without electricity. Another option would have been shelving this music for three years, forging a friendship with KRS-One, and creating an obvious lead single for the Judgment Night soundtrack. “The Trouble With Never,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)A lesser effort from ADKOT, which makes it album filler on a collection of songs that were originally considered too weak to serve as album filler. “1984,” 1984 (1984)Probably the band’s second-most familiar instrumental, it’s effectively just an appetizer for “Jump.” This is the auditory equivalent of Optimus Prime vomiting in slow motion, which probably sounds like an insult, although not to me. Without You (Van Halen song) (194 words) exact match in snippet view article model Morag Dickson. EVH is the opposite. This was a band living in a big world. But he’s yowling on pitch, he has a bank vault of 22 autonomous yowls, and yowls aren’t supposed to be decontextualized. I am aware that there are interviews where Davies later claimed he was driven to slice the speaker in a fit of anger, after fighting with his girlfriend. Reception. A few of their instrumentals need to be considered part of the conventional songs they flow into, and there’s also a Michael Anthony bass solo (“Ultra Bass”) that appears on a live album without appearing on any studio albums (so I didn’t include it here). There’s also a brilliant bootleg version of this song with Axl Rose joining the band live on-stage, the lone downside being that it’s fake. Just because she’s almost 100 years old doesn’t mean the hustle stops for even a second. 74. Thirty-seven years ago today, Van Halen unleashed one of the biggest albums of the '80s: '1984.' Eddie’s son Wolfgang was equally competent on bass and did a remarkable job simulating Michael Anthony’s soaring background vocals, even on songs like “Dance the Night Away.” As a pure power trio, Van Halen has virtually no peers. “Cabo Wabo,” OU812 (1988)Here’s the real difference between Sam and Dave. 57. 73. It would have been fascinating if they’d maintained this musical direction for the next ten years, although I probably wouldn’t be writing this article if that had occurred. It was a bad decision, and what they lost cannot be recovered. I’ve always found it a bit ponderous and uncompromisingly average, but I’ve also listened to it somewhere in the vicinity of 8,000 times. Fairbairn (who died the year after Van Halen III showed up in stores) was widely respected for his ability to make heavy music bright, hooky, and accessible. I’m assuming somebody from Universal Pictures was like, “We need a song that feels like a tornado,” and some guy taking the meeting for Warner Brothers was like, “I think I know who to ask.”. It’s a ballad, although not the type you play at the prom and not the kind that would move anyone to tears. Archive @ CKlosterman. The ignition switch for Fair Warning that doubles as a statement of purpose, as Fair Warning was a moody, thorny album with no proper US singles. (Reader’s note: They are.) 19. Chuck Klosterman is a New York Times bestselling author and a featured columnist for Esquire, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, and has also written for Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and ESPN. Cherone’s vocal performance lacks authority and the whole thing drags, which is just about the worst thing you can say about a Van Halen song. The track’s thesis is that different men want different things. Fox as Marty McFly, who takes a DeLorean from 1985 to 1955 (and back, obviously). If they’d opened with “Get Up” or “Summer Nights,” the collective view of post-Roth VH would likely be quite different. That came out in 1986. 78. Which, both predictably and paradoxically, is part of the reason I wanted to compile the following list. Chuck Klosterman of Vulture.com ranked it the 29th-best Van Halen song, noting that. The innovative solo at the end is almost an afterthought, which might be the most striking thing about it. Van Halen were pure monoculture, emerging within an era when that aspiration was still common and respected. The Ringer , 10-07. “Fools,” Women and Children First (1980)The introduction is so long that I think there might actually be two of them (Scandal vocalist Patty Smyth, who declined the opportunity to join Van Halen when Roth exited in ’85, likes to refer to her pal Eddie as “Mr. Just one day after author/critic Chuck Klosterman’s gargantuan list of every Van Halen song ranked from worst to best was released, radio host Eddie … “Baluchitherium,” Balance (1995)Here’s an instrumental about the largest land mammal that ever lived, a hornless rhinoceros that went extinct about 25 million years ago. “I think it’s now built into people’s DNA, that it just won’t be Van Halen if it’s not Roth’s voice,” he told writer Chuck Klosterman in 2015. Exceptional storytelling all the way through, though you can also space out during the verses and just lean into the chorus. “Hang ‘Em High,” Diver Down (1982)If somebody told me the band recorded (or even rehearsed) this song more than twice, I’d be surprised. It would be like trying to rank the 131 best deciduous forests in North America without repeating the word tree. Speaking in 2015 to Chuck Klosterman for a Billboard interview, Van Halen talked about how he used substances for functioning purposes: “Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. Though rarely classified as a historically elite producer, all six of Templeman’s Roth-era albums (and a few he did with the Doobie Brothers) stand among the best-sounding recordings of the entire rock era. Cherone was in the group for three years, recording one album and partaking in one tour. 81. 116. 64. Intro”). One of the eternal myths about Van Halen is that Roth was a more sexual front man than Hagar. “Get Up,” 5150 (1986)One of the stronger efforts off 5150, but a difficult song to listen to more than once or twice, simply because it’s way too busy and over-filled with sounds that don’t seem especially connected. It’s a rather nonsensical experience: Whenever a band reconnects for a reunion, all their fans hope they’ll make music that reminds them of the past. There aren’t any times but new times.”. A useful comparison is the career arc of Black Sabbath, perhaps the only band whose sonic influence on hard rock is more pervasive. These longhairs know their throats. Conversely, here’s a list of things about Van Halen I consider to be underrated: Roth’s prowess as a lyricist, Hagar’s aptitude as a performer, most of Diver Down, the eerie consistency of the rhythm section, and the degree to which EVH’s autodidactic understanding of technology and audio engineering has amplified his preexisting brilliance. Point taken. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Confirm Arrival of Quarantine Baby, Phineas. 49. Suffice to say you could create a relatively long playlist of Van Halen music with no vocals at all. The video would obviously outrage contemporary audiences, but you know, it mildly outraged people in 1984, too. It sounds a little like a phosphorescent version of that album Mötley Crüe made with John Corabi, and that’s a compliment to somebody, although I can’t say precisely who (probably Mick Mars). The body of the song is deftly harpooned by the rhythm section and there’s no downward stroke on the lead guitar, so the melody dances above the vocal. “Runaround,” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)Though the songwriting credits cite all four members, “Runaround” is arguably the most Sammy-centric single of his tenure, not far removed from something like 1980’s “Bad Reputation” or “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” from 1982. There is no value in measuring teachers against pupils.”) The answer to the movie’s titular battle prospect is obviously Kong. It’s as close as Van Halen would ever come to AM Gold, and I’ve played this more than a few times in my life, sometimes twice in a row. 61. “How do I know when it’s love? 130. Van Halen, who co-founded the band Van Halen, died Tuesday morning following a years-long battle with throat cancer, his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, confirmed. Klosterman writes that the last album Van Halen bought was Peter Gabriel's "So." “Mean Street,” Fair Warning (1981)If you love this song, you definitely (and maybe exclusively) love the hyperkinetic intro. That sentiment was galvanized almost four months later, when Roth’s solo band debuted with “Yankee Rose,” an unbelievably ebullient song about wanting to fuck the Statue of Liberty. That probably seems like a joke. Some people inexplicably hate Gary Cherone (almost more than they hate the band’s decision to record with him), so maybe they see this as the rare VHIII bright spot. 21. The first comes from people who worship Dave and can only see Sam as the guy who wrecked their favorite band. It ends with the Doppler effect, except you haven’t moved and neither has he. One would have expected a similar trajectory when Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, a comeback album mostly comprised of updated demo tracks from the ’70s. But if you love Van Halen, this is what you love, and you can listen to it a thousand times without diminishing returns. “Atomic Punk,” Van Halen (1978)It starts like a train and accelerates toward futuristic brutality, although never at the expense of melody. In talking with Billboard’s Chuck Klosterman, Van Halen was asked if he has synesthesia, which essentially is the ability to “see” sound, as one sense triggers a reaction in another sense in the body. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. However, one advantage of the slower version is that you can more easily isolate the influence of Eric Clapton, assuming you happen to be the kind of guy who likes to point out pedantic details about popular rock music. 56. Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. They can be whatever we want, at least to ourselves. Chuck Klosterman's tenth book (aka Chuck Klosterman X) collects his most intriguing of those pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Reply. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. I like this, but I know I should like it more. Totally. Most hard rock guitarists of his caliber (Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore) put inordinate effort into illustrating that they’re more than just “heavy” players, constantly trying to show their aptitude at music that has no relationship to metal. Eddie Van Halen doesn't listen to music. Maybe. 4. And I know this confession degrades the value of my perspective, since my obligation as a professional critic is to separate my own experience from a song’s free-standing value, particularly when my personal experience is unusually weird or exceptionally specific. But a lot of other producers still might have found a way to fuck this up, and Templeman did not. Everybody who cared knew the jokes before they happened. “Up for Breakfast,” The Best of Both Worlds (2004)The lone reward from the doomed 2004 reunion with Hagar, it starts like “Why Can’t This Be Love” before getting significantly more appealing, at least during the goofball hook (which almost sounds like southern rock). 67. 28. That bitch is already spreading enough negative energy on his/her own. CHUCK KLOSTERMAN. They were copied constantly and no one ever got it right. 123. 14. “Summer Nights,” 5150 (1986)For the first 15 seconds, Eddie (performing alone) sounds like a precocious adolescent trying to figure out an unfamiliar song for the very first time, maybe even reading the sheet music and glancing at his finger placement. According to Brim’s obit, royalties from the VH cover allowed him to open a nightclub in Chicago, so that’s nice to think about. Log in or link your magazine subscription, almost more than they hate the band’s decision to record with him, this is how Davies would have recorded the song originally if the existing technology had allowed him to do so, Eddie Van Halen, Guitar Legend, Dead at 65, The Genius of Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Heroics in 6 Solos, The details behind David Lee Roth’s departure from Van Halen will never be fully understood. A caricature of leering masculinity that proved unusually inclusive to female audiences. It’s Hagar’s favorite VH song, and also a favorite of 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry, although Hagar got more mileage out of it. The guitar playing is out of character, but not compromised or disappointing. Tristan the Slightly Rakish has come to Darrowby. 106. “Feelin’,” Balance (1995)The final track on Balance, a record produced by Bruce Fairbairn, a Canadian who specialized in songs of this ilk. 54. The message is one of conscious political disengagement, so it would really get dragged on Twitter if attempted today. It’s easy to imagine an engaged teenage music fan unfamiliar with 130 of Van Halen’s 131 songs. 53. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone!” Diver Down (1982)The lesser-known Kinks cover that launches Diver Down, this is a perfect song for Roth and a paradigmatic example of musicians taking someone else’s work and making it seem like a song they generated themselves, even though nothing about the structure is radically altered. I’m not joking. 80. This was all over MTV in the summer of ’91 and would have worked at any point in their career, although the lyrics are straight-up sewage-drain awful. More From Chuck Klosterman; ... Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist and co-founder of his namesake band, has died at 65, his son, Wolf Van Halen, confirmed on Twitter. I am including only official studio releases. “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now),” Diver Down (1982)The oldest cover in the catalogue (written in 1924), it’s notable for featuring Ed and Alex’s father Jan on clarinet and for being endlessly, hopelessly charming. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person who would be excited by that expository description. 90. It’s just a hard obstruction to avoid. What’s the deal with the, Music Producer Phil Spector Is Dead at 81. So there were other options here. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics; Last edited on 13 December 2020, at 03:47. Yes. posted by … And I realize that if you hate Van Halen, this is precisely what you hate. But the moment you move beyond that age, those same thoughts become obvious (and then inane). Nothing is heavy, everything is edifying — a comprehensive success. This track could have qualified as a B-side on that album, and I would have liked to hear Ronnie Montrose take a stab at it. 20 Jahre nach der Erstveröffentlichung dieser wunderbaren, und in zeitgeschichtliche Lebensform und Kultur gehüllten, … They’d played a different version (with different words) in the years before signing a record deal, finally throwing it on Diver Down to eat up space. Gearheads will inform you that this is one of the rare Van Halen songs where Eddie employs an alternative guitar tuning (“DADCD,” which I definitely recognize as a sequence of capital letters). “Drop Dead Legs,” 1984 (1984)Slower and heavier than standard VH fare, it never devolves into sludge, a credit to the eternal sunshine of Ted Templeman’s production. The staccato bass playing on “Runnin’ With the Devil” is similarly excellent, as is Roth’s singing performance. 125. Then Bill is joined by author Chuck Klosterman to remember the late Eddie Van Halen. 36. 88. The takeaway is that this is genuinely insane mainstream rock music, performed by musicians who are always in complete control of the insanity they’re creating. 27. “You and Your Blues,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)One of the only songs on A Different Kind of Truth that was (as far as I can tell) 100 percent new — the paradox being that it’s an overt, playful justification for nostalgia. 83. Even though most of his work is naturally vivid and effervescent, he is compelled to periodically prove that he can always out-rock all possible rivals. 92. One of the official lyrics is “we’re gonna make it up to you big time,” but it sounds more like Sammy is saying “I’m about to make love to you big time,” which sounds like Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump. However, the two qualities that remain unchanged are the foundational riff and the overall movement of the arrangement, both of which are competitive with the foxiest stuff on Fair Warning and Women and Children First. Van Halen, who has died aged 65, didn’t use his skills to mindlessly shred – he wrote huge pop songs, and made a new generation fall in love with the electric guitar The internet damaged the emotional reception of this album. There’s a faithful 2000 cover of this song featuring Yngwie Malmsteen and Billy Sheehan that’s approximately as good as the original, except the production sucks and the exact same lyrics seem significantly less gonzo. “Man on a Mission,” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)As with much of the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album, the performance here is more convoluted than necessary. In loving memory. The riff is okay, although I don’t sense Eddie put in any overtime coming up with it. As a lead singer, he’s an amazing guitar player. Van Halen Fans Devasted After Eddie Van Halen's Death. Templeman convinced him to instead hand the riff to Roth for his take on this timeless non-rocker, and Eddie has never forgiven either of them. “Beats Workin’,”A Different Kind of Truth (2012)I know I keep comparing the official reworked songs off ADKOT against their unofficial demo incarnations, and I know that’s a zero-sum game. Eine durch und durch liebenswerte, ungeheuer charmante und witzige Ansammlung seiner eigenen Kindheits- und Jugenderinnerungen, einen Spiegel der Gesellschaft und der brodelnden Musikszene. 6. 25. There are momentary examples of this on almost every album. This is reductive and wrong. But the larger explanation involves how the rest of society evolved in the interim. 66. “Stay Frosty,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)The 2012 callback to 1978’s “Ice Cream Man,” it’s a little too much of everything that was pleasant about its precursor, which is another way of saying too cute by half. / I can’t tell you, but it lasts forever.” Something of an inexact message, especially since the four guys who made the song have been married a combined total of eight times. For Van Halen, however, the opposite has occurred. 112. Songs are alchemy. But to me, this experience may as well have happened yesterday, and I can’t get over it. There was a media narrative (at the time) pushing the logic that Cherone had been brought into the band as a way for Van Halen to perform material from both previous eras, but my suspicion is that he was just arbitrarily selected after someone at the record label heard Extreme’s “Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go to School Today)” and justifiably concluded that anyone fronting a group trying to clone 1978 Van Halen would jump at the chance to join the actual 1998 Van Halen. “Primary,” Van Halen III (1998)Possibly an online guitar tutorial? It almost feels like it could be a wedding song (there’s even a line about a woman standing “in a silken gown”). A metal band that rarely plays metal. 47. 40. Upvote. 127. “Panama,” 1984 (1984)The strongest pure riff in the catalogue. But it doesn’t have much structure and the title is just too dumb to forgive. Dave awkwardly chats over the breakdown, a questionable habit that usually entertains (but not this time). “Source of Infection,” OU812 (1988)Sammy Hagar has cited this as a VH song he does not like, admitting they were just drunkenly goofing around in the studio. This one gets lumped into the towering silo of VH tracks saved by the gang vocals on the chorus. Popculture | 15h. “Top of the World,” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)The intro for “Top of the World” matches the outro for “Jump,” as does the emotional outlook. 24. The ’78 debut is almost like Are You Experienced? 48. This material deserves deeper, detailed contemplation. Perhaps the most broadly overlooked song they ever made, it’s pretty fascinating to hear a Van Halen track so devoid of rock that it actually anti-rocks. A boogie that skews toward the obvious (lyrically and musically), it’s also staunchly in the vein of what Van Halen II is all about, so maybe file this in the drawer labeled “What We Were Doing at the Time.”. Edward unleashes a mind-numbing torrent of screech-notes and dive-bombs, though a little less musically than the 25-year-old version of himself. “Dream another dream,” he advises, because “this dream is over.” A 1991 effort that could double as the score to an imaginary 1987 Michael J. Parochially connected to “Atomic Punk,” Dave instructs all the kids to “turn your radios on” and “throw your headphones on” and generally get with the goddamn program. It probably sounds like I’m describing a gramophone or a reel-to-reel or a butter churn. “Sucker in a 3 Piece,” OU812 (1988)A pointed, relentless assault against people who wear suits. When Chuck Klosterman is supposed to be talking about music, he instead often writes about relevance, fashion, nostalgia, business, anything but music. It was like watching the pilot for the American version of The Office. 32. The labyrinth of male insecurity will never stop being interesting. Roth’s improvised rap is lascivious and fetishistic, and I’m not sure how the tribal drumming and monkey screeches would translate in the modern landscape. A fifth of the century is almost over, and Chuck Klosterman is out with a hilarious new essay collection to help us make sense of it. A power ballad from central casting, the solo is a textbook modernization of the blues and the chorus does not really answer its own question. “You Really Got Me,” Van Halen (1978)I’ve noticed that those who were teenagers when the Kinks released this song in 1964 consider Van Halen’s 1978 cover to be an abomination, and when I interviewed Dave Davies in 1999 he still seemed annoyed that anyone had the gall to perform this song with so much volume and calculated precision. 118. I know it’s thoughtful and mechanically sound, but give me a fucking break. “Big River,” A Different Kind of Truth (2012)The demo version of “Big River” was called “Big Trouble,” so Dave must have been reminiscing about his 1983 exploration of the Amazon basin when it came time to drag this into the Age of Obama. “One I Want,” Van Halen III (1998) Here we have Mr. Cherone writing lyrics like Hagar but singing like … Already a subscriber? 108. There’s a spirited ricochet quality to this track that would be easier to notice if the vocals were completely removed from the master tape. 8. That came out in 1986. I'm fairly certain that Chuck Klosterman might be the most interesting person alive. The opening six seconds are exhilarating, but then it’s just junk and jokes. Chuck Klosterman of Vulture.com ranked it the worst Van Halen song, saying that the band's decision to release the song as the first single of the Sammy Hagar era was "the worst decision the band ever made," but said it was not his least favorite Van Halen song to listen to. 95. “Dreams,” 5150 (1986)There was a video for this that was nothing but footage of the Blue Angels jet squadron, this being 1986 and Top Gun being a movie people liked (I preferred Iron Eagle, the Eat ‘Em and Smile of fighter pilot films). It takes all of three seconds to inform you (a) who is playing, (b) what song it is, (c) how you should be feeling, (d) what your priorities need to be, and (e) who is living right and who is living wrong. All 131 Van Halen Songs Ranked from Worst to Best by Chuck Klosterman If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. After 22 Years, the New Radicals Reunite to Play Virtual Biden Inaugural Parade. 94. There isn’t much else to say about “Best of Both Worlds” besides that it’s good, and that the lyrics offer no explanation about what differentiates the first world from the second world, although one can only assume citizens inhabiting both of those worlds must have been wearing parachute pants. 119. Celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of Van Halen cofounder Eddie Van Halen, who died at age 65 on Tuesday, October 6, after a long battle with throat cancer.. It’s a tad jokey, but never annoying and clearly “on-brand,” as the kids like to say. Remembering the late Eddie Van Halen and discussing a hard-earned Lakers win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers’ role players stepping up, Jimmy Butler’s ascension to a … Now, one could argue that Templeman got a little lucky here — early Van Halen records were recorded fast and live, the guitarist contributed more technological knowledge than most engineering PhDs, and there was no way anyone could have anticipated that these hesher alcoholics playing parties in Encino could possibly harmonize with such depth and exactitude. It's the least I can do pal. 22. “Why Can’t This Be Love,” 5150 (1986)Just so we’re clear, this is not the single worst Van Halen song to listen to. The upside is a depth of creativity that takes years to untangle, delivered in a working-class package that is roughly the musical equivalent of eating hot pizza and drinking cold beer. It doesn’t land. It’s as heavy as music can be without being heavy at all. “Take Me Back (Déjà Vu),” Balance (1995)Inarguably the best Van Halen song to heavily employ wind chimes, Sammy sings this a little like Natalie Maines. It’s like they’re recording it right in front of you. Still, it must be noted that Soundgarden went on hiatus in 1997, Audioslave didn’t come together until 2001, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. A top-to-bottom masterwork, catapulted beyond-Thunderdome. A fraction of the explanation can be traced to the curious (and somewhat cruel) decision to replace competent bassist Michael Anthony with guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s competent son Wolfgang. There are simply no other bands like this. For sake of transparency, here’s a list of things about Van Halen I consider to be overrated: their sense of humor, their musical heaviness, and the difference in quality between Van Halen and Van Halen II. 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