Eddie Van Halen stated he wrote the arrangement for "Jump" several years before was recorded. In a cover story in Rolling Stone , the 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 Van 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 T-shirt 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.
Considine , a reviewer for Rolling Stone , rated 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 Asia ", 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.
Guitar Player magazine writer Matt Blackett praises the "deeper cuts" of the album, "Drop Dead Legs", "House of Pain", and "Girl Gone Bad", calling the guitar work "fresh and vital", noting Eddie's "dark, complex sense of harmony and melody". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The album is somewhat different from the band's first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs and less emphasis on backing vocals.
The rain sound in the background is not an effect; it was raining outside, and the band decided to record the sound in stereo using two Neumann KM84 microphones, and added it to the track. The first single from the album was the keyboard-driven "And the Cradle Will Rock The song " Everybody Wants Some!! The album contains a track at the end of "In a Simple Rhyme," a brief instrumental piece entitled "Growth," which begins at While "Growth" faded out on the original vinyl LP and cassette, it was given a cold ending at full volume on the compact disc.
At the time the band was toying with the idea of starting what would become their next album, Fair Warning , with a continuation of "Growth," but this did not occur. Several outtakes from these sessions exist, including an unreleased instrumental often referred to as "Act Like It Hurts," which was the title Eddie Van Halen originally wanted for "Tora!
The album version included a poster of a photograph by Helmut Newton featuring Roth chained to a fence. A nod is given to Eddie in the animation, as the hamburger's guitar sports the Frankenstrat design made famous by him. Reviews for Women and Children First were generally favorable. This may be a reflection of the band's relentless work schedule, it may be a reflection of the increasing tension between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth -- the cause isn't important, because whatever the reason, Fair Warning winds up as a dark, dirty, nasty piece of work.
Gloomy it may be, but dull it is not and Fair Warning contains some of the fiercest, hardest music that Van Halen ever made. There's little question that Eddie Van Halen won whatever internal skirmishes they had, since his guitar dominates this record, even with the lack of a single dedicated instrumental showcase the first time he lacked one on a VH album.
Eddie sounds restless here, pushing and pulling the group toward different rhythms and textures, from the disco beat that pulsates on "Push Comes to Shove" to the swinging rhythms on "So This Is Love? He spits and swears, swaggering without his usual joie de vivre, with even his sex songs feeling weary and nasty.
Whatever spawned it, that nastiness is the defining characteristic of Fair Warning , which certainly doesn't make it bunches of fun, but it showcases the coiled power of Van Halen better than any other album, which makes it worth visiting on occasion.