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    Has anyone ever read where VH/Eddie/Alex/Dave/Mike gave a serious response to why they decided to use the name Van Halen instead of finding another name that was neutral?

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    It was apparently Dave's idea to go with Van Halen, while Eddie wanted to call the band Rat Salad. This was, of course, when they were dropping the Mammoth name.

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    I can't remember the exact quote (T5 will know it I'm sure), but at one point Dave said that the name Van Halen sounded like a german bomb. Now, whether Dave thought that when he suggested the name or just discovered it later as a sound byte, I don't know.

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    Yep Glenn is right(again) about this one. And besides, it is a killer name for a band. Out.

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    Shit Glenn! Esp man. LOL. Out.

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    ESP on the VH T5.

    Was it a "german bomb" that Dave said the name sounded like? My memory is telling me that that's close, but not correct.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Glenn:
    ESP on the VH T5.

    Was it a "german bomb" that Dave said the name sounded like? My memory is telling me that that's close, but not correct.

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    Yeah I seem to recall that man. I think he said in the same interview that people wouldn't know what the hell (A) Van Halen is. You know, "What the hell is a Van Halen?" Obviously once one picked up the album etc and looked at it, the they would realize that it is the guitar and drummer's last name. Out.



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    I seem to remember that Dave also said Van Halen was a catchy name like Led Zepplin.

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    I also think that Rat Salad is cool for a name

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    I had a buddy in high school, (the only other raging VH fan in the area ), and he named his first band "Rat Salade". He's got a couple CD's out now under the name "No Warning" I think.



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    But the great irony of that (Dave suggesting the band be named VH) was that club owners would slip Dave extra money after the show and say, "Great show Van!"

 

 

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