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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Van Halen - 1984

Can't you see what I mean? Might as well jump! I've recently decided that Van Halen is one of the more under appreciated bands of all time. Why you ask? Well B Siders - quite simply put, they're pretty rockin'. I was listening to their greatest hits compilation a while back and couldn't help to be dumbfounded by all the incredible hits they had and how powerful their sound was. This was released in well - do I really need to answer that question? Maybe you think it's a trick, but it was actually released in 1984. Stunning. It's at least the 2nd DIAMOND certified album by Van Halen, including their self titled debut drop. That's a crazy amount of album sales generating just from two records. 20 million + from two albums is crazy sales. Everyone knows Eddie Van Halen's guitar prowess, but people forget he was a trained pianist as well. And that ability is put on display a bit more on this record. One of the favorite tracks, 'I'll Wait' allows Eddie to put on a piano show - which is awesome. The title track is also him on a synthed out piano - which is kind of a cool, spacey lead in for the record. This album incredibly never made it to number one on the charts in spite of having a TON of huge radio singles. A small album called 'Thriller' was also out in that year, and spent a lot of time at #1. But with hits like 'Panama' and 'Hot For Teacher' - this album is considered one of the best of all time, and not just by me. In short, this album is pretty amazing. I think I still like their debut slightly better - but it is a very tight race. I can't imagine you won't like this today - so give it a shot.

1. 1984
2. Jump
3. Panama
4. Top Jimmy
5. Drop Dead Legs
6. Hot for Teacher
7. I'll Wait
8. Girl Gone Bad
9. House of Pain

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Panama
2. I'll Wait
3. Jump

4 out of 5 stars


  1. how are you going to put "jump" before "hot for teacher"?

  2. Jump is a good song. Hot for Teacher I enjoy, but historically haven't been as huge a fan of.

    I really wanted to put I'll Wait number one - because I love the intro.