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    Alright, I know this has been done before but it's been quite awhile. Plus there's always new people popping up here.


    For me I discovered the Mighty VH at the tender age of 11. The year was 1982, my older brother bought me a birthday present....'Fair Warning' on cassette. Actually I'm almost positive he bought it because he wanted it for himself & he had to buy me a present anyway, so he bought me the tape. Basically he bought it so he could borrow it whenever he wanted.

    My reaction was "What's this??" ....He told me to trust him & that I would dig it. Of course....I did. I was just really starting to get into music around that time. My brother usally never steered me wrong, he had already started to turn me onto Zep, Sabbath, Rush, AC/DC...etc.

    I really didn't know anything about VH at the time except for a couple of early tunes but never associated them with VH, knew the songs just didn't know who did 'em. Anyways, the opening riff to 'Unchained' pretty much changed my life, since then no one has topped VH as my favorite band.....No one!

    After hearing 'FW', I had to go out & buy all thier other albums & anything else VH. I guess nothing has changed in those 19 years, 'cause I'm still trying to get my grubby little hands on anything I can.

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    I was 11 or 12 (can't remember precisely) - it was back when that Crystal Pepsi commercial was around, because I can remember thinking something like, "That's a really good jingle." Of course a few weeks later I heard the song again on my brother's stereo in his bedroom. So there I was, standing outside his room with my ear to the door listening to it waiting for the song to finish to figure out of it was a commercial or an actual music group. Luck would have it he was listening to the For UCK tape. I just waited for him to leave and snuck in there to figure out what band it was.

    Ah yes, the early days when the only Van Halen I had was my brother's tape of For UCK and his CDs of 1984 and OU812.

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    I was trying to get all of ZZ Top's albums, so I joined BMG(:)and got their Recycler album and thought I'd take a chance and get a VH CD. Well, it turned out to be the FUCK CD. It was good, and I had to listen to Judgement Day over and over again. Then a friend of mine joined a CD club and got Balance. I borrowd it, taped it and then bought my own CD copy. Since then, I've been hooked and have always wondered if any other guitarist would equal Eddie. That's my short story of being "born again" into music.



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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KenyonVincent:
    I was trying to get all of ZZ Top's albums, so I joined BMG()and got their Recycler album and thought I'd take a chance and get a VH CD. Well, it turned out to be the FUCK CD. It was good, and I had to listen to Judgement Day over and over again. Then a friend of mine joined a CD club and got Balance. I borrowd it, taped it and then bought my own CD copy. Since then, I've been hooked and have always wondered if any other guitarist would equal Eddie. That's my short story of being "born again" into music.



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    Oops, I meant to edit my post but accidentally hit quote.

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    Luckily, I have older brothers who were in high school in the late 70's early 80's, when VH took over the world. So VH was always cranking in their rooms and cars.

    The first VH record I bought the day it was released was 1984, when I was 13.

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    Cool thread, well I was 14 when my sisters boyfreind handed me one night VHI, WACF, and 84' and said "here ya go Darren, this will change your'e life". I was like WTF? Sat down and listened to the opening riff of eruption and never went back. I've been Halenized for 11 years now.


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    When I was about five years old my Dad used to play "Jump" on the stereo and it quickly became my favorite song. But I didn't really get into Van Halen until about age 10. I remember my Mom, Dad, brother, and I went to the mall and my Dad bought Balance. After that we went to the grocery store and we stayed in the car while my Mom went in. Anyway, my Dad started playing the tape and I was blown away by "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)". Then I finally saw the music videos for Balance to see what they're like. I thought they were the coolest guys in the world. My mission after that was to play the hell out of that tape and also listen to all of their other music.

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    The only Van Halen song that I remember hearing before becoming a fan was Runnin' With the Devil.

    But I became a fan in 1984 when I bought the 1984 album. I really don't remember what made me buy it, I was 13 years old and I was on vacation visiting my Grandparents. I do remember being impressed with the album cover. Anyway, that was it for me, and I still have that LP.



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    I have the 1984 LP, but cannot find it. I kinda think the LP sounds better than the CD.

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    I wanted 1984...so, my friend and I walked to the music store, and they were sold out. I was pissed. He says to me,"If you like them so much, just buy one of their other albums." Bought 'Fair Warning', dropped it in the box, and never stopped rockin' to the best band ever!

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    My parents bought me VH II when I was 9 for Christmas. I was like, "What, no KISS Album?" LOL. Thank God for Mom and Pops. And thank God for Van Halen. Out.

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    I heard "Right Now" at a hockey game in the 7th grade. The intro piano & bass riffs blew me away. I associated them with Van Halen about a few months afterward, then bought BOV1 in December of 1999.

    Yes, I'm a "late bloomer" when it comes to Van Halen fanship.

    I just can't get enough. Now I'm trying to convert everyone in sight.

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    I was in 7th grade, about two months before Fair Warning shows rolled into town. I went to my friends house and he played me Women and Childern First. My older brother (by 5 years) hadn't gotten me into them. This was the first rock band I got him into. I did not see the FW tour but by the time DD came out I went with bro and a guy from his work named Alex Scolnick (forgive me, I can't spell his last name and I'm too lazy to grab the yearbook) Alex and I went to Berkeley High together and he always tried to get that Eddie hair cut I never knew it till much later but Al went on to be a rock star himself. We were freshman when we saw VH at the Cow Palace in '82. Security drove by us in the parking lot, grabbed my beer and thru it to the ground. I was scared shitless.

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    I was about 12 or 13 and my sister's then boyfriend (who I still stay in contact with because he's such an awesome guitarist) made me two tapes of 70s and 80s guitar rock. Well, the Van Halen stuff on them just hit me like a freight train! I immediately started collecting the albums and they have been my favourite band ever since.

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