The best of both worlds
Van Halen or Van Hagar? Rock fans, sound off. Our Stuck in the 80s cohort, Sean Daly, already polled his pop music followers on this question, but now it's time for the only votes that matter: the 80s crowd.
So tell us: Which Van Halen do you prefer -- the one with pretty boy David Lee Roth or tequila-crazed Sammy Hagar? Both have their hits and misses. For every epic "Runnin' With The Devil" or "Cradle Will Rock" by Roth, there's a pathetic "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing In the Streets." Sammy diluted his "Right Now" with "Why Can't This Be Love."
In a few weeks, we'll do a podcast featuring both versions of the band and feature your comments.
Personally, not to sit on the fence, but I enjoy both versions. Tie me up and force me to enjoy an umbrella drink, and I'll confess that it's hard to beat early Van Halen. Their debut album is - dare I say - classic. Too bad Roth got freaky later on, and tortured us with his lame solo efforts ("California Girls" is a roughly equivalent to a war crime).
Both Sammy and Diamond Dave in the news...
By now, every knows Roth recently was fired as the radio replacement for Howard Stern. Did anyone think he'd really succeed in that job? Who wants to follow up a legend? Give him credit for taking on a no-win scenario like that. At least he got his name back in the papers.
Meanwhile, Sammy recently told Billboard.com that he won't tour again with Van Halen, mainly because of differences with Eddie Van Halen. "There were nights I didn't know what song Eddie was playing," Hagar said. "There were times I wanted to kill that guy for what he was playing. I would have left that tour in the middle of it if it wasn't for the professional aspect. He's never going to see my ass again unless he goes and gets himself some help."
Eddie's history with alcohol, coupled with the end of his marriage with Valerie Bertinelli, has certainly detoured one of America's greatest rock bands.
Cheers, Eddie. Here's our list of Top 5 favorite Van Halen albums:
5. 5150: Best of Both Worlds
4. Fair Warning: So This Is Love, Unchained
3. Women and Children First: And the Cradle Will Rock, Everybody Wants Some, Take Your Whiskey Home.
2. 1984: Jump, Panama, Hot for the Teacher.
1. Van Halen I: Runnin' With the Devil, Eruption, You Really Got Me.