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    Default 5150 Hit Number 1 on this day 27 Years Ago!!

    The local radio jocks do a "this day in history" every morning. Today they talked a bit about 5150 hitting number 1 on this day back in 1986.

    What an exciting time it was to be a fan of this band back then, it was amazing.

    I'm gonna watch unleashed today and just chill out, it don't get no better than that.

    Anyway, I remember when I first heard WCTBL. I was with my sister and we're driving along and it's on the radio. I'm thiking "this is a really cool song, I wonder who this is"? I honestly didn't know. I knew about Sammy just from the 55 video so I didn't know his voice very well. I was shocked when they said it was VH.

    I didn't jump on the VH bandwagon right away after that, I liked all of the stuff I heard but basically I watched MTV all the time and since vh didn't do any video's I assumed they weren't doing very well. Once the Dreams blue angels video started getting played ALL THE TIME I really started to dig it. I saw Unleashed and that was it. Totally hooked. bought 5150 from Kresgy's (sp-some little dollar store at the local mall) and I listened to it every day for about 2 years.

    I still listen to it something off of it almost every day, freakin' love that cd.

    just figured I'd share a bit.

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    It was my first cd.

    Btw, is it too much to hope that a simple celebration of 5150 won't turn into a Sam v. Dave pissing match?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmr5150 View Post
    It was my first cd.

    Btw, is it too much to hope that a simple celebration of 5150 won't turn into a Sam v. Dave pissing match?
    well, any thread on here will eventually turn into something along those lines. it's the nature of the beast.

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    Good times. I remember being happy as hell that Van Halen were back despite such a major shake up.

    I still remember exactly where I was in my car at lunchtime when WCTBL premiered on the local station. Remember thinking that it still sounded like Van Halen... whew! Never even cared about the Sam/Dave thing then (still don't), I was just glad that VH hadn't given up.

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    Still my favorite Hagar era album, with some of my favorite songs on it, by anybody.
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    Nothing like being young, dumb and full of cum and walking into the record store and seeing this everywhere!



    And this may look a bit dated now, but this was the second coolest thing about being in the record store... flipping the album around and checking out the back cover and the unheard song titles. Can't remember, but I think 5150's songs were listed on a sticker. Those were the days that entire generations will never experience.


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    Good times indeed!

    I remember being in a friends living room when Sammy was announced on MTV...

    I also remember driving down the road hearing WCTBL the first time. Being a Sammy fan I was gonna be cool with whatever, but needed a couple listens to fully embrace the song. Then wishing they had done a video..

    Your so right 47... Very cool experience going to the record store. Sorely missed - wish I could share that with my kids..

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    Back when Rolling Stone actually reviewed albums as opposed to the blip paragraphs that are now the standard.

    Looks like this was published AFTER 5150 hit #1

    If I recall, this review was the front page of the review section and was accompanied with a great illustration with Ed as the Mad Hatter, Sammy as the Cheshire Cat... can't remember what Mike and Al were.

    VAN HALEN 5150
    By Tim Holmes May 22, 1986

    The big question is whether even a sound as titanic as Van Halen's can sustain the loss of a loudmouth voluptuary like David Lee Roth, or will the whole metal ball simply collapse under the weight of generic gee-tar pyrotechnics? Though often derided as a frontrunner in the Most Obnoxious Man in Rock sweepstakes, Diamond Dave's giddy way with Uzipaced wisecracks and an unarguably media-genic presence gave Van Halen an overpowering edge on the legions of bands competing in the power-party rock arena. If rock & roll has become a circus maximus, then David Lee Roth was both a patter-spewing ringmaster and an untamable animal in the ring.

    His are big lace-up leather boots to fill, and not since Bon Scott guzzled his way out of AC/DC and through the Pearly Gates has a major electrical powerhouse faced a crisis this dire. No matter how honed the axeman, a band still needs an MC. So when it was announced that Van Halen had completed its talent search and the new voice was Sammy "I Can't Hack 55" Hagar, the response — even among hardened DLR detractors — tended more toward a bewildered "Huh? Montrose? What?" than resounding hosannas, huzzahs and what-a-good-idea's.

    Part of Eddie Van Halen's cheeky genius, though, lies in his ability to think in terms of both complex orchestration and rock banalities; perhaps after all those years of David Lee Roth's show-stealing shenanigans, Eddie simply wanted a voice he could work with, an unironic counterpoint to the symphonic breadth of his musical ideas. Or maybe he wanted to demonstrate the expendability of David Lee Roth's overwhelming personality in pursuit of a purer Van Halen vision. Then again, maybe he just wanted to lay down the ultimo bitchin' Van Halen platter for the kids to shake to all summer long.

    The cover art shows Atlas grimacing under the weight not of the world but of the metal universe itself. On the back cover, the heavens crack like Humpty Dumpty, the new Van Halen emerging serene in the green mists of sonic triumph. Eddie can still split the atom with his axe, and he knows it. It's a Van Halen world with or without David Lee Roth, and 5150 shoots off all the bombastic fireworks of a band at the peak of its powers. The Van Halen brothers are back in business.

    Like the Wunderkind scientist that he is, Eddie built this monster in his own back yard. The name of the album is also the name of the studio he constructed with longtime pal and engineer Donn Landee. They got the moniker from the police code for an escaped mental patient. Adopting this number and its attendant attitude allows Eddie to pursue, with feckless uniformity of purpose, any and all musical ideas foaming in his brain.

    Where David Lee Roth always kept a kind of smirking distance from his material, Sammy Hagar plunges right into the center of the action. When the needle dips onto 5150, the first humongous sound is the foul-textured yowl of Hagar burping out the words "Huhlow, bay-beee." This is the grease-stained welcome mat to "Good Enough," a raunch-filled restaurant of the mind with enough meat, oyster and waitress metaphors to sate Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski combined. Hagar's overconfident opening is a direct lift from the opening of the Fifties hit "Chantilly Lace," and on "Good Enough" Hagar manages to pay tribute to the Big Bopper while slyly chiding his predecessor in the band by cannibalizing Roth's full-throated style before chucking it on the lines "U.S. prime, grade A stamped, guaranteed/Just grease it up and bring on the heat." Bringing on the heat is Eddie's cue to hammer down hard to prove just who this band's always been named after.

    While the simple-minded celebration of pleasure has always been one of rock's raisons d'ętre, there are subtly disturbing undertows in the Californiasurf sway of "Summer Nights." Although ostensibly expressing a wistful yearning for the halcyon days when all one needed was AM radio and the night, lines like "Yeah, they love it when me and the boys/Start playin' love with them human toys" sow the seeds of an attitude that can cause real problems when boys grow up and start dealing with real women.

    Despite occasional slips into soft-core misogyny (a well-established rock subtext), Hagar's approach to love is more often along the lines of a standard glories-are-worth-the-heartbreaks sensibility. On 5150's first hit single, "Why Can't This Be Love," Hagar ponders a basic quandary: he's finally met the girl who blows his past right out of the water, he's old enough to know it's not some puppy-love infatuation, yet he's bruised enough to mistrust the intensity of the feeling. As Eddie's pulsing synths and heartthrob guitar riffs circle in orbit, Hagar begs to know why, just this once, can't it be the real thing, since it feels so goddamn good.

    The Eddie-Sammy combination forms its most explosive bonding on "Best of Both Worlds." Centered on a transcendent guitar riff not unlike the chordal motif of Kool and the Gang's "Celebration," "Best of Both Worlds" is a double rock dialectic. While Eddie is busy resolving the problems of pastoral versus grunge guitar, Hagar confronts the madonna-whore paradox with quasi-religious fervor as he contemplates the possibility of divine revelation inherent in sensual experience. If one might "tune in to what this place has got to offer," one might attain heaven on earth through rock, through love, through grace. "It's not work, that makes it work no," Hagar sings. "Let the magic do the work for you."

    Ultimately, it is Eddie Van Halen's uncanny and intuitive ability to orchestrate these contradictions that gives the Van Halen machinery its velocity and amplitude, the qualities that blast the roof off the garage. There's plenty of hot party action down in rockland, but Eddie's band is the one with the chops — not just notes and chords and string-bashing Sturm und Drang, but the filigree detail that makes a simple-minded riff a symphony. On 5150, you taste the clean air of the ozone, see the radiant sunbeams shooting through storm clouds, while the fire burns down below. That's how Eddie plays guitar. When Sammy sings, "Some kind of alien/Waits for the opening/Then simply pulls a string" in "Love Walks In," he might be singing about Eddie's guitar playing. On 5150, Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar speak each other's language.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/al.../5150-19860522

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    A sad day indeed for all Rothtards world wide.

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    IT IS NOW OFFICIALLY 5150 TIME!!
    "I could call it anything, but the only word I can think of is Brown. It's just a warm sound. Warm, big, majestic" - Eddie Van Halen on his Tone

    "Van Halen is definitely a ladies band, and I´ve got the Polaroids to prove it". - David Lee Roth

    WOLFGANG did the IMPOSSIBLE, he brought back VAN HALEN, DEAL WITH IT.

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    I remember hearing WCTBL for the first time. I liked the song but it certainly was different than 'Unchained' and songs like that.
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    5150 had a huge impact on me because I vibed with the apparent happiness and joy of the band with Sammy at that time. It might have been the happiest EVH ever was professionally or even personally to that point. To me, that translated. I'll always have a soft spot for that album/time because of that - no matter how much I like the 6-pack + ADKOT.

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    My personal soundtrack for the summer of '86. Still think of the friends, memories, fights, and general jackassery of that summer. And of course, seeing VH live for the first time at the Fabulous Forum. Miss it all to death.
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    I remember my best friend and I going into our local record shop, unaware that a new VH album was released. The place was awash with a ton of LP's and those square cardboard printouts lining the walls of the place. We immediately headed over to the cassette case (which was locked for theft purposes) and saw a few copies. We nervously asked the sales person to unlock and when she asked which one, we had to try and hide our excitement saying "Van Halen 5150."

    Unfortunately my friend being only 15 had limited funds on him and not enough to buy a cassette. Me working at 16 was loaded with cash. Probably had 20 dollars in my wallet so I loaned him the difference.

    My car didn't have a cassette player so it was an anxious 10 minutes to his house. I remember him opening it up in the car to look at the cassette (the cool ones were clear instead of white) and sleeve. I do distinctly remember the smell of a opened cassette case wafting through my car. I know the older people know what I am talking about.

    Get to his house and immediately put it in his tape player. Heard "Hello Baby" and were hooked. When WCTBL played it immediately struck me that I had heard this song a few times on the radio however didn't know it was VH. I was pissed. Anyway we probably listened to the tape about 5 times and it was like heaven

    I miss those days where you had no leaks, no real news outside of Circus or Hit Parader. Listening to entire albums instead of the songs you liked enough to download. You had zero knowledge of power plays, royalties, inner fighting, politics and such. Bands were just filled with cool guys that you wanted to be.

    Great album. Great memories

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    My personal soundtrack for the summer of '86. Still think of the friends, memories, fights, and general jackassery of that summer. And of course, seeing VH live for the first time at the Fabulous Forum. Miss it all to death.
    I remember being at the beach that summer on a "church" retreat, and the girls we partying with liking 5150 better than EEAS, so of course, that is what we listened to.

    Ahh, there is something about sinning while on a church trip that makes it even better. I should be ashamed....
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