Diver Down – An Appreciation

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April 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm Quote #10761

bytor
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i think its a really good albums as well. i love the instrumental track intruder
it still gives me goosebumps too this day. :mrgreen:


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April 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm Quote #10787

ks34vh
(2119)

This was about my fave cassette at the time, I would put it on crusin around and by the time I got there it would be over, all 29 minutes of it, If it was a longer drive then Fair Warning would go in. This is about the peak for me of VH, when I really wanted to be like them, and saw very little about them on tv, just mags. When 84 came out and they became overly popular, kinda like when Metallica put out the Black Album and everybody liked them. This is kinda why I liked DD the most, Plus it was the 1st time I had a bootleg of them, I bought out of the back of Circus magazine. Man those were the times. You had to be that age at that time to experience it to know what it was about.


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April 16, 2012 at 3:24 am Quote #10810

animal
(786)

30 years!!!………………………damn time flies and i’m getting old.

Love this album


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April 16, 2012 at 3:43 am Quote #10811

Gilligan
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I find myself pulling this disc out more than any of the other 6-packers, when I’m in a “full album” mood. It’s not my favorite, but it’s sure good and very comfortable. I remember being drawn in by Dancin’ In The Street as a kid and it’s still my second fave song on the album behind the Full Bug. That bouncy synth thing is the best!


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April 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm Quote #10942

jroundy
(1366)

Love it if they played Secrets on the new tour. Such a great song.


The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!


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April 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm Quote #10949

unchainedheart
(1292)

hey Dave your post is up at VHND!!!


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April 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm Quote #10985

Dave
(1940)

Hey thanks for letting me know! Wow, never expected that.


Stay Frosty


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April 18, 2012 at 12:11 am Quote #10990

dokkendude
(3018)

Great read Dave!



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April 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm Quote #11020

Wes
(6114)

unchainedheart:
hey Dave your post is up at VHND!!!


Very nicely done, Dave!

I hope Jeff @ VHND is hooking you up with at least a free T-shirt for posting your story! :wink:



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April 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm Quote #11057

Dave
(1940)

That’s funny you mention that Wes, as I called Jeff today to thank him for posting my story. I specifically joked that he didn’t even have to pay me or send me a shirt! I think he was surprised to actually hear from me. I also thanked him for plugging vhtrading. Great guy. I thought it was an honor that he thought it was good enough to post it there. Now I am a published author!

Jeff mentioned that if anyone wants to write about a Van Halen bootleg, he’d gladly welcome it and post it on the VHND. I might take him up on the offer. Anyone else is welcome to do so, of course. Maybe we want to post it here first and then have Jeff copy it, with a link & credit to vhtrading? It’d be good publicity for vhtrading. Food for thought. I would never represent vhtrading without asking you (Wes), Randy or Ory first. It’s your site and I don’t know how “under the radar” you guys want to be.

PM me if you think it warrants further discussion.


Stay Frosty


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April 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm Quote #11058

unchainedheart
(1292)

Dave: That’s funny you mention that Wes, as I called Jeff today to thank him for posting my story. I specifically joked that he didn’t even have to pay me or send me a shirt! I think he was surprised to actually hear from me. I also thanked him for plugging vhtrading. Great guy. I thought it was an honor that he thought it was good enough to post it there. Now I am a published author!Jeff mentioned that if anyone wants to write about a Van Halen bootleg, he’d gladly welcome it and post it on the VHND. I might take him up on the offer. Anyone else is welcome to do so, of course. Maybe we want to post it here first and then have Jeff copy it, with a link & credit to vhtrading? It’d be good publicity for vhtrading. Food for thought. I would never represent vhtrading without asking you (Wes), Randy or Ory first. It’s your site and I don’t know how “under the radar” you guys want to be.PM me if you think it warrants further discussion.

now that’s cool,maybe next time Van -Halen invite press and V-H site related,maybe someone from here will have to go to a special event :mrgreen:


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April 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm Quote #11066

Wes
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Dave:
That’s funny you mention that Wes, as I called Jeff today to thank him for posting my story. I specifically joked that he didn’t even have to pay me or send me a shirt! I think he was surprised to actually hear from me. I also thanked him for plugging vhtrading. Great guy. I thought it was an honor that he thought it was good enough to post it there. Now I am a published author!

Jeff mentioned that if anyone wants to write about a Van Halen bootleg, he’d gladly welcome it and post it on the VHND. I might take him up on the offer. Anyone else is welcome to do so, of course. Maybe we want to post it here first and then have Jeff copy it, with a link & credit to vhtrading? It’d be good publicity for vhtrading. Food for thought. I would never represent vhtrading without asking you (Wes), Randy or Ory first. It’s your site and I don’t know how “under the radar” you guys want to be.

PM me if you think it warrants further discussion.



Dave (or anyone else for that matter)….go for it!

Jeff is a great guy. We’ve hooked up for beers and VH stories-a-plenty at many Atomic Punk and VH shows. His wife is super sweet as well (and easy on the eyes.. :mrgreen: )



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April 19, 2012 at 1:06 am Quote #11067

mikeyV
(335)

The 45 in youtube video appears to be a Canadian White Label Promo–the U.S. Warner Brothers never released White label promos of Van Halen from at least 84 back to 78.
I remember I traded my girlfriend (now my wife) Diver Down for Standing Hampton in 1984, she thought she got a better deal, oh hell Standing Hampton was a good album, but so was Diver Down (minus Pretty Woman, sorry)

MikeyV


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April 14, 2015 at 11:36 am Quote #44729

Dave
(1940)

Happy Anniversary, Diver Down!

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-diver-down-turns-30/

Van Halen‘s fifth album, 1982′s Diver Down, turns 33 years old today (April 14). As a hastily-recorded collection featuring only four full-length original songs, this record should by all rights be a disaster.

Instead, it’s just about the most fun thing you can play at your next summer family picnic.

Having barely completed an exhausting world tour in support of their 1981 album Fair Warning, their fourth record in as many years, Van Halen was as you can imagine looking forward to taking a break.

But first, lead singer David Lee Roth reportedly convinced the group to release a cover of Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman” as a time-buying, stand-alone single. This move backfired in the best possible way. The track became a sudden hit, and Warner Brothers pressured the band to record an accompanying record… and fast.

Understandably short on new material, Van Halen whipped together a thirty-one minute hodge-podge featuring five cover songs (including their brief album-closing take on Dale Evans’ “Happy Trails”), three short Eddie Van Halen-showcasing instrumentals and just four full-length original songs.

Although some critics, understandably not grading on the curve to account for the rushed recording schedule, criticized the album’s lack of original material, with Rolling Stone declaring it appeared the group was “running out of ideas,” the four original songs on Diver Down prove this was hardly the case at all.

The album’s two new rockers, “Hang ‘Em High” and “The Full Bug,” the latter of which featured Roth on both acoustic guitar and harmonica, have clearly stood the test of time. In fact, the group has been treating fans to occasional renditions of both of these dusted-off gems on their current world tour.

Even more impressively, the album features two of Van Halen’s most textured and mature tracks; the lilting, Spanish-influenced “Secrets” and the exotic pop-rock guitar symphony that is “Little Guitars.” Anyone who thinks that Van Halen couldn’t have grown up musically with Roth on the microphone should pay attention.

Despite telling Guitar Player magazine at the time that putting together Diver Down at such a hectic pace was “fun” — he and his brother Alex even got to recruit their father Jan to play clarinet on their version of “Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)” — Eddie later revealed displeasure with the album’s reliance on outside material, and for having to graft a riff he had planned for an original song onto the band’s synth-pop cover of “Dancing in the Street.”

This realization led to a major change in how Van Halen operated. In an effort to retain more control over his music, Eddie built a recording studio — named 5150 — at his own home and has used it to create at least part of every one of the band’s albums ever since.

Van Halen would go on to record one more album with Roth, the career-and-genre defining 1984, before splitting with the singer and entering an entirely different phase of their career with Sammy Hagar on vocals.

Roth immediately kicked off his solo career with the audacious Eat ‘Em and Smile, but after a couple of decades, the Van Halen brothers and Roth apparently realized they brought out the best in each other, reunited, toured (minus bassist Michael Anthony) and released the excellent A Different Kind of Truth.


Stay Frosty


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April 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm Quote #44733

VAiN
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This album is chock full of classic VH.. I don’t love the covers, but hey, it’s a good time and the guitar and drum tone is so warm and brown I can’t stand it. VH would serve themselves well by getting back to this sound and recording method.


Resident dickhead. I will hurt your delicate feelings.


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