24th anniversary of the release of the VH album "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"

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June 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm Quote #46028

ron
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On the 24th anniversary of the release of the Van Halen album “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, Sammy Hagar takes you back to 1990 and 1991 when it was being written, recorded, and released and what was going on in his personal life, how songs like “Right Now” came together, and the goose bumps shared with producer/engineer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Cream, Rolling Stones, etc) during recording of the song “Poundcake”.



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June 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm Quote #46029

PT5150
(5507)

Cool clip.
Great album..Stand outs for me are.
POUNDCAKE
JUDGEMENT DAY
SPANKED
IN ‘N’ OUT
PLEASURE DOME
THE DREAM IS OVER


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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June 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm Quote #46033

mikeyV
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Nice look back at a great album….


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June 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm Quote #46034

mcs5150
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Love the album.


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June 19, 2015 at 8:11 am Quote #46049

ron
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http://somethingelsereviews.com/2015/06/19/van-halen-right-now-sammy-hagar/

June 19, 2015 by Something Else!
The conflicted history of Sammy Hagar’s Van Halen smash “Right Now”: ‘It shows you what I know’

By 1991, Sammy Hagar’s limited range as a lyricist had begun to weigh on Van Halen’s creativity. Certainly, this wasn’t the moment anyone thought they might make a message song.

After all, Van Halen’s penultimate project with Hagar was often dominated more by what felt like trickery (a power drill opening on “Poundcake,” a recycled riff from “Jump” on “Top of the World,” the silly acronym album title) than anything like true innovation, despite the return of classic-era producer Ted Templeman.

And yet, it produced “Right Now” — perhaps the most unthinkably interesting song Van Halen ever did in the Sammy Hagar era: A piano driven, soaringly inspirational song with a starkly drawn message video. Hagar’s vocal occasionally slips into over-emotive caricature, and Eddie Van Halen’s solo doesn’t break new ground, but the chorus is so naturally hooky that “Right Now” rumbles unstoppably toward its delicately conveyed (delicately conveyed!) keyboard recapitulation.

A deeper dive into that era, however, hints at the looming troubles for Sammy Hagar and Van Halen, no matter this song’s eventual success. “Right Now,” in fact, actually began as two different demos — and Hagar and Eddie Van Halen never pictured them as going together.

“I wrote the lyrics, and I had the melody,” Hagar once told Rachel Ray. “And Eddie Van Halen, he had this piano part. It took us seven months to realize that the piano part that he was trying to get me to write lyrics to, and the lyrics that I was trying to get him to write music to [actually would work as one joined track]. One day, in the studio, he was playing the piano and I was in the other room — and I go: ‘They fit!’”

“Right Now,” released this week as part of 1991′s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, became one of the Hagar era’s signature songs, going to No. 2 on Billboard mainstream rock charts, and sticking forever in their former frontman’s mind: “We married them together in the song,” Hagar adds, “and it was the weirdest thing. Normally, you don’t write songs like that.”

Later, the track was made into a celebrated high-concept video — though there was some intrigue involved with that process, as well. Today, Hagar calls it “the biggest video Van Halen ever had,” but it almost never got made — because he actively boycotted the idea.

“When they presented that, I hated it,” Hagar admitted later. “I said, ‘I am not doing this.’ I wrote the best lyric I’ve ever written in Van Halen. I’m trying to upgrade this band’s image to where we’re finally not just a party band that can play our instruments — and they want to put words (on the screen)? Why don’t they just use the words I wrote? They’re great words. It’s a statement. I said, ‘It’s gonna be confusing.’”

Confusing or not, “Right Now” would claim three honors at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1992, among them video of the year. The Van Halen track has since been used in countless films, and was even part of an ad campaign for Pepsi. In comments on the Mark Fenske-directed film, part of a new segment of TV’s “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Hagar still obviously doubts whether it really reflected the song’s original meaning — though he’s willing to accept that the video has become part of pop-culture history.

Hagar adds that he actually stopped taking people’s phone calls on the concept for about a week. Ironically, by the time he gave in — after a direct call from Van Halen’s label head — Hagar had fallen ill, forcing the band to cancel some of its previously scheduled shows. All of that adds up to a sullen, disconnected performance in the celebrated video.

“When we shot it, I had pneumonia,” Hagar says. “But it was already etched in stone. If you look at my attitude in the video, I wouldn’t even cooperate. And I’m not like that, either. Everybody knows Sammy’s not like that, right? But it’s the biggest video we ever had, so it shows you what I know.”


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June 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm Quote #46072

evhua
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…what a record…a masterpiece…musically and vocally speaking …


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June 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm Quote #46074

Dave
(1940)

I love that live version of Right Now from the Livin It Up DVD – probably one of Mike’s finest moments on bass.


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June 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm Quote #46075

VAiN
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To me, songs like spanked and man on mission really ruin the experience with their very shallow lyrics. Poundcake is right up there with sam’s go-to ‘food as pussy’ metaphor – brilliant. Pleasuredome is a great piece of music but the lyrics and title are just goofy. Best track is probably Judgement Day.. the multi-finger tapping run from Eddie’s 1984 solo spot was awesome to hear on a CD. One of the few tracks from the album that held up.


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June 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm Quote #46095

steecoe
(1953)

Right now & Jump are the two biggest hits for VH & as far as I am concerned those songs are pretty lame (for VH).

That said I am not sure I understand why anyone would think that Sam’s lyrics are any better or worse than Dave’s…Aren’t almost ALL VH songs about cars or chicks or partying??


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June 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm Quote #46101

voodoo
(1876)

steecoe: Right now & Jump are the two biggest hits for VH & as far as I am concerned those songs are pretty lame (for VH).

That said I am not sure I understand why anyone would think that Sam’s lyrics are any better or worse than Dave’s…Aren’t almost ALL VH songs about cars or chicks or partying??

Sammy’s lyrics are aimed at a teenaged audience and Dave’s are more tongue in cheek. Sammy is just lowest common denominator where Dave leaves room for interpretation.


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June 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm Quote #46105

steecoe
(1953)

voodoo: Sammy’s lyrics are aimed at a teenaged audience and Dave’s are more tongue in cheek. Sammy is just lowest common denominator where Dave leaves room for interpretation.

OK, I can see that to a point. That would be a distinction that I overlook or don’t really notice because I always liked them both. Sammy has a few cookie cutter styles of songs that he rewrites each time he writes new materiel, but so do lots of acts. I don’t dig all of Sam’s styles of songs but I just skip the songs I don’t like. I could say the same for Roth too, if I never hear ICM again it’ll be too soon & I am embarrassed for VH when I have to hear Happy Trails (UGH!!!!!)


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June 19, 2015 at 9:20 pm Quote #46106

VAiN
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Most of sam’s lyrics sound, to me, like a horny 13-year old.. they’re not creative.. the use of ‘love’ is overwhelming. It’s softball. To me it’s like Journey and bands like that. They have a handful of ok songs, but overall the lyrics totally ruin it for me. It’s not the VH that I like.


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June 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm Quote #46107

voodoo
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steecoeI could say the same for Roth too, if I never hear ICM again it’ll be too soon & I am embarrassed for VH when I have to hear Happy Trails (UGH!!!!!)

Those aren’t Dave songs. Those are covers. You can’t dump on Dave for lyrics written by the original artist.


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June 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm Quote #46108

voodoo
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VAiN: …overall the lyrics totally ruin it for me. It’s not the VH that I like.

Ditto.


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June 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm Quote #46114

Gilligan
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I just remember thinking the album title was dumb and awfully immature. But, I’d stopped buying Van Halen at that point and still only know the songs for which they made videos.


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