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    Default Oakland 81 - why no video for “Mean Street”?

    Growing up in the Midwest, I always heard “Mean Street” on the radio. It was by far the most played track on radio from Fair Warning. I never heard “So This Is Love” and “Hear About It Later” on the radio. Wonder if you all had the same experience, which leads to the question, why wouldn’t they have filmed a video for “Mean Street”?


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    Quote Originally Posted by thechefs2003 View Post
    Growing up in the Midwest, I always heard “Mean Street” on the radio. It was by far the most played track on radio from Fair Warning. I never heard “So This Is Love” and “Hear About It Later” on the radio. Wonder if you all had the same experience, which leads to the question, why wouldn’t they have filmed a video for “Mean Street”?


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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    The list of questions as to why Van Halen didn't do certain things is almost endless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thechefs2003 View Post
    Growing up in the Midwest, I always heard “Mean Street” on the radio. It was by far the most played track on radio from Fair Warning. I never heard “So This Is Love” and “Hear About It Later” on the radio. Wonder if you all had the same experience, which leads to the question, why wouldn’t they have filmed a video for “Mean Street”?


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    I always wondered that, too.

    Out here, radio jumped on Mean Street first, then Unchained, then HAIL.

    I wondered if they skipped it because it had an intro that maybe took a bit longer.
    Then again, HAIL did as well.

    But, yeah, it makes little sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    I always wondered that, too.

    Out here, radio jumped on Mean Street first, then Unchained, then HAIL.

    I wondered if they skipped it because it had an intro that maybe took a bit longer.
    Then again, HAIL did as well.

    But, yeah, it makes little sense.
    Well on the FW tour Ed jumped right into the riff for the intro because he did the bass slapping/tapping part during his extended solo, so the intro for Mean Street would not have been as long as HAIL.

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    Pretty much just Mean Street and Unchained where I lived.

    I would guess something about the performance they didn't like. Or, as James points out, they promoted it overseas. Mighta wanted to promote something else in the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    Yep, I’ve seen that before. It just seems like while the cameras were rolling in Oakland that they would captured it also. Makes me wonder if the whole story about technical problems could be true.


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