Diver Down – An Appreciation

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April 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm Quote #44739

kaloway
(1873)

This album is a true example of how VH operates. They can take any song, cover it, and make it their own. They Vah Halenize a song for their own use, and I LOVE IT!!!!


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April 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm Quote #44740

chrisc
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Diver Down for me was the beginning of my long love affair with VH, as I am sure it was for most. I was 11 when it came out and at that point was a huge KISS and ACDC fan, but when I heard Dancing in the Streets on the radio, I bought the cassette, as I recall I earned the $$$ delivering newspapers.

One time through I was hooked and Little Guitars became, and still is my favorite song. I remember going to the local record store and buying VH1 shortly after since I knew a few of those songs, and then about two weeks later speaking with the guy who owned the record store by me and asking which VH to buy next. He said Fair Warning, and with those three tapes, I was one of the coolest kids in school! By summer I had the first five tapes and that was all i listened to.

Then came the US Fest the next spring, which was broadcast live on the radio, and I remembering being blown away by the show and really loving VH, buying every Cream/Circus magazine they were on, and ordering a bootleg of US Fest out of the back of the magazine. That was when music was fun, and nothing could deter my love of VH.

So here’s to you DD, not my fav VH, but will always have a place in my heart, and I hope that the boys go back to playing Little Guitars this summer!


Get busy living or get busy dyin


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April 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm Quote #44741

voodoo
(1877)

I remember going to our local music store day after day after day waiting for it to arrive and then ripping the plastic off the jacket and looking at all the pictures on the inner sleeve as I ran home with the album waiting to play it. Local radio had played the entire album a couple weeks before and I stumbled onto it right in the middle of Secrets. “Whoa?! That’s new Van Halen!!” and immediately grabbed a cassette and recorded the rest of the album. I wore out that cassette and was so stoked to finally get to hear the first four tracks in their entirety. I made another recording to cassette, so I could carry my boombox around with me everywhere I went and listen to it. That was a kick ass summer, being a kid, loving Van Halen music.


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April 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm Quote #44742

mdk7691
(306)

Diver Down has and always will be part of the “6 pack”. Enough said. :D


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April 15, 2015 at 3:48 am Quote #44761

thismusicsux
(523)

I love Diver Down … it’s no different than any other album in the 6 pack for me, just as great. If I could only keep 5 of those VH records forever, DD would very likely be in there. hmmmm


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April 15, 2015 at 4:20 am Quote #44762

Dutchie
(1526)

Diver Down & VH1 were the first VH albums I got. I love them both, but I cant stand DITS. Not huge on Pretty Woman either but the rest of the album is great.


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April 15, 2015 at 8:44 am Quote #44766

mcs5150
(1085)

It was my first VH album. I do not know even why I bought it; I am guessing some friends mentioned they liked VH. The rest is history.


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April 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm Quote #44771

jroundy
(1366)

Diver Down is just plain fun…. it’s pure Van Halen. Nobody does covers like Van Halen.

Always loved Diver Down…. from the fist day to the present day.


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 15, 2015 at 11:11 pm Quote #44794

Gilligan
(1441)

Dancing in the Streets was my favorite song for a long time. I knew the Motown version from AM radio, but the Van Halen version blew me away. I usually skip it now, mostly due to hearing it too much, but the whole Diver Down album is in my top 3 VH’s, for sure. To this day I still enjoy hearing the badass clarinet solo in Big Bad Bill….


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April 16, 2015 at 8:03 am Quote #44796

sickman
(2368)

Where Have All The Good Times Gone just reminds me of summer 1982. I can still picture playing the album for the first time, the record player on a table in front of my bedroom window and a bright sunny day outside. Starring at all those pictures on the sleeve for what seemed hours and playing the album over and over. Diver Down is one of my favorite albums of any band, not just Van Halen. I agree, they do cover songs like no other. They truly do make them their own and blow away the original. Nobody does it like Van Halen.


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April 17, 2015 at 12:58 am Quote #44811

thismusicsux
(523)

voodoo: I remember going to our local music store day after day after day waiting for it to arrive and then ripping the plastic off the jacket and looking at all the pictures on the inner sleeve as I ran home with the album waiting to play it. Local radio had played the entire album a couple weeks before and I stumbled onto it right in the middle of Secrets. “Whoa?! That’s new Van Halen!!” and immediately grabbed a cassette and recorded the rest of the album. I wore out that cassette and was so stoked to finally get to hear the first four tracks in their entirety. I made another recording to cassette, so I could carry my boombox around with me everywhere I went and listen to it. That was a kick ass summer, being a kid, loving Van Halen music.

sickman: Where Have All The Good Times Gone just reminds me of summer 1982. I can still picture playing the album for the first time, the record player on a table in front of my bedroom window and a bright sunny day outside. Starring at all those pictures on the sleeve for what seemed hours and playing the album over and over.Diver Down is one of my favorite albums of any band, not just Van Halen. I agree, they do cover songs like no other. They truly do make them their own and blow away the original. Nobody does it like Van Halen.

DD was the first NEW Van Halen record I was waiting to come out and buy. Summer 1982 was a good time like you guys said.
looking at all those candid pics in the sleeve was rad…think I still have my original record and the sleeve is barely hanging on


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April 19, 2015 at 3:23 am Quote #44859

voodoo
(1877)

Had a gig a half hour away tonight, so I listened to Diver Down all the way home. Backed into the garage to “Happy Trails”. Really love that album. :)


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April 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm Quote #53092

Dave
(1953)

Happy Birthday, Diver Down!


Stay Frosty


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April 14, 2016 at 4:07 pm Quote #53093

ron
(8966)

http://www.webn.com/articles/rock-news-104648/16-things-you-might-not-know-14605361/

16 Things You Might Not Know About Van Halen’s Diver Down
Posted April 14th, 2016 @ 12:33pm by Dave Basner

On April 14th, 1982, Van Halen released their fifth studio album, Diver Down. To celebrate its 34th anniversary, here are 16 things you might not know about the record:

1. After the band put out their cover of Roy Orbison’s”(Oh) Pretty Woman,” it became a hit, so their record company wanted to jump on that momentum and had them record an album featuring more covers.

2. The album is one of Eddie Van Halen’s least favorites because it features five covers. He once said, “I’d rather have a bomb with one of my songs than a hit with someone else’s.”

3. Diver Down opens with a cover of The Kinks’ “Where Have All the Good Times Gone,” Van Halen’s second time doing a Kinks cover — their first was “You Really Got Me” on their 1978 debut. David Lee Roth said the group could have done any number of Kinks songs since they knew tons of them and played them nightly when they had club gigs.

4. Dave once said “Hang ‘Em High” was like a Western where you hear a harmonica and know the hero is coming to town or something terrible will happen.

5. Eddie thought “Cathedral” sounded like a Catholic church organ, so that’s how the song got its name.

6. The video for the band’s cover of “(Oh) Pretty Woman” is one of the first to get banned by MTV. The network shunning it because in it, two little people appear to molest a woman, who is actually a drag queen.

7. The instrumental track “Intruder” was written as a kind of filler. The band put together the video for “(Oh) Pretty Woman” but the clip was too long so the band added “Intruder” to put before “(Oh) Pretty Woman” and run at the beginning of the video so the film they made would fit.

8. David Lee Roth got the idea to do the cover of “Big Bad Bill.” He heard the song on a weird Louisville, Kentucky radio station he picked up with an antenna at his father’s house. Roth recorded the song with a Walkman and played it for the band who laughed at it and decided to do it.

9. The Van Halens’ father, Jan Van Halen, plays clarinet on “Big Bad Bill.”

10. The lyrics to the song “Secrets” came from greeting cards and get-well cards that David bought in Albuquerque, New Mexico that were written in the style of American Indian poetry.

11. “The Full Bug” got its title from a saying that originates from killing a cockroach by stepping on it. The goal is to step on the whole thing, to get the “full bug,” and according to Roth, it means to make the maximum effort.

12. Roth said that “Happy Trails” was included in the album because they wanted to do “something wonderful and different.”

13. The cover art for the album features a “diver down” flag, which is used when a scuba diver is underwater in the area.

14. David Lee Roth once explained that the title of the album and the cover art was meant to imply “there was something going on that’s not apparent to your eyes… A lot of people approach Van Halen as sort of the abyss. It means, it’s not immediately apparent to your eyes what is going on underneath the surface.”

15. The photo of the band on the back cover of the album was taken while they were on stage at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando on October 24, 1981. During that time they were the opening act for The Rolling Stones.

16. The album spent 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 and by 1998 had gone four-times platinum for sales in excess of four-million copies.


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