OK...everyone knows by now that I'm clearly in the tank for Van Halen. It's fairly obvious, given all the hype the past few weeks, the incredible response to both the new CD, and tickets for the 2012 tour...there's nobody like them. Many bands have tried to approximate the vibe of classic VH. Even longtime producer Ted Templeman tried to serve up "another Van Halen" in 1988. Te tunes were bluesy, the singer looked &moved a bit like DLR, and they even wrote shuffle songs that sounded as familiar as the VH we all loved (but wasn't delivering with Sammy Hagar). Oh, you know I'm talking about Bulletboys. You know "Smooth Up" and their cover of "For The Love Of Money." But, those tracks don't even begin to scratch the surface of VH-hero-worship that Templeman, and Warner Bros. Records (VH's former record company) were trying to replicate. They did an admirable job of being almost Van Halen. Here's a blatant example...Enjoy!
Always Dug This Song! Here's Some "4:20 Thursday Hairball"
NeanderPaul -- 02/09/2012