Label: Warner Bros. Records - 92-3985-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
As ofthis would be the final full-length album to feature all four original members Van Halen brothers, Roth, and Michael Anthony. Roth would return inbut Eddie's son Wolfgang would replace Anthony in Rolling Stone ranked the album number 81 on its list of the Greatest Albums of the s. It reached number two on the Billboard album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson 's Thriller on which guitarist Eddie Van Halen made a guest performance.
The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America insignifying ten million Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen - 1984 copies.
Both discouraged Eddie from making keyboards a prominent instrument in the band's music. InEddie built his own studio in his backyard, naming it after the Los Angeles police code for "escaped mental patient".
There, he composed Van Halen's follow-up to Diver Down —without as much perceived "interference" from Roth or Templeman. The result was a compromise between the two creative factions in the band: a mixture of keyboard-heavy songs, and the intense rock for which the band was known.
In Rolling Stone ' s retrospective review of in its Best Albums of the Eighties list, producer Ted Templeman said, "It's real obvious to me [why won Van Halen a broader and larger audience]. Eddie Van Halen discovered the synthesizer.
At the time, Eddie was in the process of building his own studio with Donn Landeethe band's longtime engineer and later producer on and OU While boards and tape machines were being installed, Eddie began working on synthesizers to Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen - 1984 the time.
Like many bands starting out on their career, Van Halen shared songwriting credit equally between all members including guitar instrumentalsbut subsequent claims would lend credibility to the view that all songs were entirely or predominantly written by Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, with little input from Van Halen's rhythm section.
InRoth discovered that the rest of the band had renegotiated a royalty rate five times greater than his for releases made during his time as lead singer.
Songs from that appear on compilations after the royalty renegotiation and Roth's lawsuit were credited to Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, with Michael Anthony's name removed from the credits, as evident in the end song credits of the film Superbad.
The cover art was created by graphic artist Margo Nahas. It featured a sticker that obscured the cigarette in the putto's hand and the pack of cigarettes. The album's first two singles, " Jump " and " I'll Wait ", feature prominent synthesizers, as well as the album's intro track, "", a one-minute instrumental. The engine noise was from Eddie revving up his Lamborghiniwith microphones used near the tailpipes.
Later, a video of " Hot for Teacher " was released and played regularly on MTVgiving the band a fourth hit which sustained sales of the album. The album concludes with "House of Pain", a fiery, heavy metal song that dates back to the band's early club days of the mids. Eddie told an interviewer that "Girl Gone Bad" was written in a hotel room that he and then-wife Valerie Bertinelli had rented.
Valerie was asleep, and Eddie Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen - 1984 up during the night with an idea he had to put on tape.
Not wanting to wake Valerie, Eddie grabbed a cassette recorder and recorded himself playing guitar in the closet. Eddie Van Halen stated he wrote the arrangement for "Jump" several years before was recorded. In a cover story in Rolling Stonethe guitarist said Roth had rejected the synth riff for "Jump" for at least two years before agreeing to write lyrics to it. Additionally in his memoir, Roth writes that he wrote the lyrics to "Jump" after watching a man waffle as to whether to commit suicide by jumping off of a skyscraper.
Their debut Air - Benjamin Britten / Purcell* / Bach* - The National Anthem / Trumpet Voluntary / Sheep May Safe Halen was the first. The album's follow-up singles — the synth-driven "I'll Wait", and "Panama", each peaked at Billboard number 13 on the Pop charts, respectively, in March and June.
To promote the album, the band ran a contest on MTV. Fans mailed over 1 million postcards to MTV in hopes of winning the contest.
In the promo for MTV, David Lee Roth said, "You won't know where you are, you won't know what's going to happen, and when you come back, you're not gonna have any memory of it. He was given a Lost Weekend Nichts - Schramm - Schramm and a hat. He was also brought on stage and had a large sheet cake smashed in his face which was followed by about a dozen people pouring champagne on him.
Reviews for were generally favorable. He explained that "Side one is pure up, and not only that, it sticks to the ears" and that "Van Halen's pop move avoids fluff because they're heavy and schlock because they're built for speed, finally creating an all-purpose mise-en-scene for Brother Eddie's hair-raising, stomach-churning chops. Considinea reviewer for Rolling Stonerated four out of five stars. He called it "the album that brings all of Van Halen's talent into focus. Although he mentioned "Jump" as having "suspended chords and a pedalpoint bass in a manner more suited to Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen - 1984 ", he went on to state that "Eddie Van Halen manages to expand his repertoire of hot licks, growls, screams and seemingly impossible runs to wilder frontiers than you could have imagined.
Believe me, that's no newspeak. In a review, Billboard states the album is "funnier and more versatile than most of their metal brethren", calling the production "typically strong". He noted that the album caused "a hoopla that was a bit of a red herring since the band had been layering in synths since their third album, Women and Children First ".
He further stated that "Jump"'s "synths played a circular riff that wouldn't have sounded as overpowering on guitar", but that "the band didn't dispense with their signature monolithic, pulsating rock.
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