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12-11-2006, 01:01 PM
I figured I would start up another one. Great idea by the way. On this one we might as well throw in favorite singer.

Singer: Diamond Dave

Album:Van Halen II

Song: Everybody Wants Some

El Chuxter
12-11-2006, 01:32 PM
Favorite Singer: I'm going to get heavy flak for this, but Garry Cherone. The album he did wasn't the best, but he had the least ego, so Eddie basically was able to record a great guitar album without any butting heads. Too bad it didn't sell; who knows if VH will ever record again. :(

Album: Van Halen

Song: "Ice Cream Man," followed closely by "Humans Being"

12-11-2006, 01:51 PM
Singer: Sammy Hagar

Album: 5150

Song: Summer Nights

12-11-2006, 01:57 PM
What ???? No love for David Lee Roth ?

c'mon 1984 perhaps one of the best Van Halen albums Panama, Jump, Hot for Teacher.

Rogue II
12-11-2006, 02:42 PM
Favorite DLR Van Halen Album: 1984 (It was my first tape I owend. A Christmas gift from my aunt).

Favorite DLR Van Halen Song: Atomic Punk

Favorite Van Hagar Album: OU812

Favorite Van Hagar: Finish What Ya Started

12-11-2006, 04:46 PM

Song: "Hot for Teacher"

God, I wish my gym teacher looked like that.

"Get in the back, Waldo!"

12-11-2006, 05:04 PM
Singer: Dave
Album: Any with Dave
Song: Hot For Teacher

12-11-2006, 05:42 PM
Singer: Cherone

Album: 1984

Song: Hot for Teacher

No I am not kidding about Cherone, he is my favorite vocalist of the 3. I do like Sam and DLR too, though.

12-11-2006, 05:56 PM
Singer: Sammy Hagar

Album: 5150

Song: Running With The Devil

12-12-2006, 08:21 AM
Favorite Singer: I'm going to get heavy flak for this, but Garry Cherone. The album he did wasn't the best, but he had the least ego, so Eddie basically was able to record a great guitar album without any butting heads. Too bad it didn't sell; who knows if VH will ever record again. :(

I was really prepared to question anyone who put down Cherone, but I can see your argument. Although I would have to say that Eddie is probably the second largest ego aside from Dave (I don't think anyone can top him). They are supposed to go out on the road next summer with Eddie's son Wolfgang replace Michael Anthony and a singer who has not been determined. Unless it is Dave or Sammy I'm not really interested but we'll see.

Darth Jax
12-12-2006, 09:08 AM
album - 1984
song - dreams
singer - michael anthony (doesn't matter who's singing lead, it isn't VH without his backing vocals - sammy was the best lead)

12-12-2006, 06:58 PM
Good call, Jax.

Album: 1984

Song: Dreams

Singer: David Lee Roth

12-12-2006, 11:18 PM
Album: 1984
Song: Cavanaugh.... I mean Panama.

12-13-2006, 09:45 AM
Favorite singer = Roth
Favorite album = Fair Warning (overall the best in my opinion)
Favorite song = Panama

12-13-2006, 07:44 PM
Song: Cavanaugh.... I mean Panama.

lol lol lol lol lol

El Chuxter
01-11-2007, 01:35 PM
Having listened to quite a bit of Van Halen and Extreme over the past week, I'd like to revise my "Favorite Singer" answer.

Cherone was a great singer with Extreme. With Van Halen Mark III, he seemed a bit... spineless. He should have put more of a mark on the band and pushed it in new directions. Instead, we got an album, while still remarkably underrated, that sounds more like Eddie was totally in charge. (It was basically an entire album in the vein of "Humans Being" from the Twister soundtrack.)

Which leaves us with David and Sammy. Within Van Halen, they both kicked arse. They're so closely matched, it's tough to choose.

At one point, the obvious answer would've been Dave. But his solo career is horrible. Only when he's coupled with a great guitarist (Eddie, or Steve Vai in particular) is he worth a crap. Recently, he's decided to hire axemen who weren't so good they'd overshadow him, and the results aren't just subpar, they're downright godawful. (I challenge anyone to listen to the DLR Band album all the way through.)

Sammy, though, was pretty good on his own prior to 5150. Since leaving, he's done some great albums that haven't been commercial successes, but still belong in every collection. And, while he's no Eddie, he can play his own damned guitar.

So I've got to go with Sammy. Dave's been embarassing himself a bit too much in the past decade or so.

01-15-2007, 12:07 AM
Glad to see some love for Extreme, Chux. :thumbsup: But go easy on GC because what you said about EVH being in charge was absolutely correct, I'm afraid. :(

01-15-2007, 07:54 AM
Singer: DLR

Album: none in particular

Song: Panama, Jump

Rogue II
01-15-2007, 09:29 AM
Van Halen Hot for Rock Hall, R.E.M. Also Tapped

Van Halen is preparing for a reunion. Whether they like it or not.

The notoriously splintered rock band was tapped Monday for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining alternative rockers R.E.M., hit-making girl group the Ronettes, punk poet Patti Smith and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the first rap act to ever make the cut, in the class of 2007.

Now, we just have to wait and see whether Van Halen can put the animus aside and show up to collect their plaques and play a set.

Virtuoso guitarist and band cofounder Eddie Van Halen and his drumming brother, Alex, have been singer-less since the turn of the millennium. Original flamboyant frontman David Lee Roth was bounced from the band. His replacement, Sammy Hagar, departed under bad terms. Bassist Michael Anthony became persona non grata with the brothers Van Halen since taking up with Hagar.

And we haven't even mentioned ex-Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, who piloted VH to one disastrous album that the band never fully recovered from. (Cherone didn't make the cut for Van Halen's Rock Hall roster.)

In a joint statement, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Roth said, "It is an honor and a privilege and we would like to thank the fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee." Hagar, meanwhile, called the news "humbling" and said he hoped everyone would get along for the induction.

While Van Halen has been sidelined by turmoil and turnover since 2000, all those years running with the devil have certainly paid off. The band is only one of seven Hall of Fame acts to have at least two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S., ranking alongside the immortal likes of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

Van Halen scored their biggest sustained success with "Diamond" Dave at the helm, issuing one rock hit after another, including "Everybody Wants Some," "Panama," "Hot for Teacher," the chart-topping "Jump" and covers of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman."

Under Hagar's stewardship, the boys kept the party going, though many of their songs tended to veer toward the poppy. While diehards grumbled, Van Halen pulled in new fans with such radio-friendly tracks as "Why Can't This Be Love?" off 5150, the first Van Halen album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, and "When It's Love" and "Black and Blue" off follow-up OU812. Van Halen won its first Grammy in 1991 for Best Hard Rock Performance.

While Van Halen rode the airwaves to the top of the rock world, Athens, Georgia–based R.E.M. began its ascent from college rock radio darlings to the vanguard of the 1990s alternative radio revolution on the strength of cerebral tunes addressing social and political issues.

The lineup of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry made its mark with the release of 1983's now classic Murmur, which spawned the popular singles "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion." By the end of the decade, R.E.M. hit the mainstream with "The One I Love" and "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" off 1987's Documen,t and "Stand" off the band's 1989 major-label debut, Green.

R.E.M. scored superstar status with 1992's multiplatinum, multiple Grammy-winning Out of Time, which spawned the ubiquitous single/video "Losing My Religion," followed by Automatic for the People with the hits "Drive," "Man on the Moon" and "Everybody Hurts."

At the time, the band landed the largest recording contract advance in history from Warner Bros. Records, but R.E.M.'s mid-'90s output suffered from lackluster critical and commercial reaction. This coincided with Bill Berry's exit from the band in 1997 following a near-fatal brain aneurysm. R.E.M. has since forged ahead as a trio using various studio drummers, but Berry is expected to rejoin his former bandmates when they play at the induction ceremony.

One of the first to make a congratulatory call to Stipe was fellow inductee Patti Smith.

"I decided that I wanted to make music and be in a band...now she and I are great friends," Stipe told Reuters. "It was great to be able to congratulate her back."

Hailed as punk rock's "poet laureate," Smith never reached the commercial heights of others in the class of '07. But her volatile mix of spoken-word poetry and hard-driving rock on her 1975 debut, Horses, firmly cemented her place among rock's elite. She is best known for her one commercial hit, "Because the Night," cowritten by Bruce Springsteen, off 1978's Easter LP.

Famed for their beehive hairdos and such mid-'60s ditties as "Be My Baby," "Baby I Love You," and "Walking in the Rain," the Ronettes were one of the top acts from Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" factory. The trio of lead vocalist Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett, sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley disbanded in 1966. Two years later, Veronica Bennett married Spector and launched a solo career (they divorced in 1973).

It's doubtful Phil Spector will make the trip to New York for the ceremony—he's the defendant in a murder case in L.A. Spector, who was enshrined in the Rock Hall in 1989, goes on trial for the slaying of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson Mar. 5, exactly one week before the inductions.

Grandmaster Flash will have the honor of becoming the first rapper to join an elite club that has up until now paid little attention to a genre that eschews musical instruments.

As a deejay, the Grandmaster is credited with laying the foundation of hip-hop in the '70s by having the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim) rapping ghetto over music emanating from his turntable.

Other eligible veteran acts on this year's ballot, who, like Van Halen and R.E.M., debuted in 1981 or earlier—but who won't be saying "Hello, Cleveland!"—included Chic, the Dave Clark Five and Joe Tex.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are scheduled to be held Mar. 12 at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

And then this:

Hagar fears the worst about Van Halen's Hall of Fame honour

Former Van Halen star Sammy Hagar fears the group's newly announced induction to the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame could be a big problem if he and his warring bandmates can't decide what to perform.

The Why Can't This Be Love singer replaced David Lee Roth in the rock group, and insists both frontmen should get the chance to perform - even though they've both fallen out with band leader Eddie Van Halen.

But he fears that Van Halen will pull the plug and opt not to perform at all.

He says, "The talk amongst us so far has been that we're probably not going to play, because of the awkward situation.

"We're not like mortal enemies or anything (but) there's just some weird quirks.

"Van Halen has always been unpredictable, anything can happen. If we get to play two songs, I'll be happy to sing one, and have Dave do the other one. I think that would be perfect.

"If there's only one song, well, then that could be kinda interesting."

Hall of Fame bosses will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's induction controversies - punk icons the Sex Pistols refused to show up and the original members of Blondie bickered with singer Deborah Harry over the chance to perform with her at the event.

Sounds like Sammy is ready to be civil, but the rest of the guys are Fruit Loops. And naturaly, Gary Cherone is left out of the discussion.

El Chuxter
01-15-2007, 10:33 AM
I'm not being hard on Cherone, Cae. VH just wasn't his element.

01-16-2007, 07:13 PM
I know, I agree with what you said. I'm going to fire up some Extreme tonight though, I've been spinning their discs (well, cassettes at first actually) for over half my life. :thumbsup:

Bel-Cam Jos
01-20-2007, 10:47 AM
Since there's a scism in the band's history:

Singer: Roth, David Lee

Album: 1984

Song: "Hot for Teacher"

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Singer: Hagar, Samuel Q. (?)

Album: 5150 (that crazy rocker subtlety... )

Song: "Right Now"

01-21-2007, 10:15 AM
Rivaled only by the Great Papal Schism of 1378.

and you didn't include a GC era, Bel Cam. :mad:

El Chuxter
01-21-2007, 11:39 AM
I'll make it easy for you.

Your favorite GC album is Van Halen III.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-21-2007, 01:26 PM
Rivaled only by the Great Papal Schism of 1378.

and you didn't include a GC era, Bel Cam. :mad:True, true. But once there's been a schism, anything else that happens after is just tearing the paper a little more. One schism per topic, please.

01-22-2007, 12:57 PM
Without a doubt, IMO the best album is 1984 with 5150 a close second

Best song: I'll wait

Rogue II
01-22-2007, 02:00 PM
Without a doubt, IMO the best album is 1984 with 5150 a close second

Best song: I'll wait

Procrastination will get you no where. Tell us what your favorite song is.

Huh? Oh. Nevermind.:upset:

01-30-2007, 10:11 AM
Best Lead Vocal: Diamond Dave

Best Album: Van Halen

Best Song: Dance the Night Away

Bel-Cam Jos
06-29-2007, 02:30 PM
While I was sitting on a bench in the local outdoor shopping mall reading a book (there is little better than a good book in a shady [read: out of the sun, not in an area of crime or fear :p ] spot on a sunny day), I heard a Tony Bennett cover of "Jump" in his crooner jazz style; that was better than VH did it originally. Anyone ever heard that one before?