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    Default Brown Sound actually Al's snare

    And in other revelations from the now infamous Klosterfuck interview, something to really fuck with your head.

    The brown sound reference was never about Ed's guitar, but Al's drums! This shit is getting hilarious.




    In a recent cover-story interview for Billboard, Eddie Van Halen covered a variety of topics, including the guitar tone regularly referred to as the “brown sound.”

    But what the legendary Van Halen guitarist said might surprise fans.

    In talking with Billboard’s Chuck Klosterman, Van Halen was asked if he has synesthesia, which essentially is the ability to “see” sound, as one sense triggers a reaction in another sense in the body.

    Interestingly enough, Van Halen said that when he referred to the brown sound, he actually meant his brother Alex’s drumming.

    “That’s funny, because people took that whole ‘brown sound’ thing totally out of context,” he said. “I was never talking about my guitar tone. I was talking about Alex’s snare drum. I’ve always thought Alex’s snare drum sounds like he’s beating on a log. It’s very organic. So it wasn’t my brown sound. It was Alex’s.”

    Klosterman then asked how the confusion originally occurred.

    “It happened years ago. People would ask me about his drumming, and the only way I could explain it was that it had a very brown sound,” Van Halen noted. “I’m glad you brought this up, actually, so people can finally understand what I was talking about.”

    In the feature, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also discussed his band, his career, his path to sobriety and some of his classic riffs.

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    Dude that's not news. The brown sound was always first about Al's snare yes. Nothing crazy there, Ed has always said that.
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    There you go, i'd not heard it before.

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    Yep. Started from Al wanting his snare to sound like he was beating on a log. That was his brown sound. Ed just took it and also applied it to his guitar tone.
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    This is news to me, as well.

    Damn. Did not know that.

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    That info was in the very first interview I ever read on VH about 30 yrs ago.
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    Wow I totally thought that was pretty common knowledge. Well cool something came from that interview that was worthwhile.
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    I've known this reference, though for me personally, the actual brown sound is
    the guitar tones reflected on WACF & FW.

    Al's got the "splash sound."

    Both tones are huge aspects of THE CVH sound.

    The last remnants of the brown, as far as recording goes, was the fade-out in
    House of Pain.

    5150 established the next phase, and F.U.C.K. was the phase after that.

    The six pack, though, is the raw, organic, brown Edward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Dude that's not news. The brown sound was always first about Al's snare yes. Nothing crazy there, Ed has always said that.
    Yep, and I'm pretty sure originally he said it was Al who called it "Brown"
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    This is news to me, as well.

    Damn. Did not know that.
    Me neither....always thought he was talking about the guitar tone...never heard the "beating on a log" story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Wow I totally thought that was pretty common knowledge. Well cool something came from that interview that was worthwhile.
    Plus the fact that they are digging more deeper songs out. I'm really looking forward to hearing some of those... and the pic of Ed with the "Panama" Lambo. That is fucking awesome...
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    Actually the brown sound started out on the drums and...

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    Yep, I remember Ed saying that before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Actually the brown sound started out on the drums and...
    lol, well played

    surprised that this and the ed's picks causing cancer thing got new threads on here, they're 2 of eddie's 'stock' stories!

 

 

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