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    Default Van Halen has the perfect song for 2020/2021!!!

    In the middle of all of our debates and our mourning, we missed a key element of VH history. In the year 1988, Van Halen released the perfect song for our current times. Granted, at the time the song didn't make any sense at all. Sammy didn't even write lyrics for the verse, it was a mess. It wasn't released as a single, and was rarely played live, even though, had it benefited from a bit more effort, it could've been one of the best song in the VH catalog.

    Fast forward to 2020/2021, it all makes perfect sense. The chaotic verses perfectly reflect the chaos of our times. The song topic, a virus, fits well (unfortunately). And then in the pre-chorus, this gem:

    "Fever starts to climb, reaching 105"

    That's practically a word for word description of the covid-19 symptoms, 32 years prior. Fucking genius!

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    but is love the source of the pandemic?

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    Don't like that song, almost always a skip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Don't like that song, almost always a skip.
    That's it!! DD - A man of wisdow.

    Never, EVER enjoyed that tune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Ribeiro View Post
    That's it!! DD - A man of wisdow.

    Never, EVER enjoyed that tune.
    I have to agree too. I like what Ed is doing, but Sammy came up with absolutely nothing here.
    A perfect example of what was bad about the Hagar era. Crap lyrics, no melody, nothing there.

    A waste of some good music.

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    I always thought Covid was why DLR needed a Doctor. That was 41 years! F'in GENIUS!
    Right here I say....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Don't like that song, almost always a skip.
    This was like the Loss of Control of the Hagar era.

    Should have been an instrumental. Lyrics added absolutely nothing to the fucking song.
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    Source of Infection was HFT 2.0 for me. The chorus was fine, but the verses needed lyrics. Either way, I crank this tune loud, as it is some of Eddie's best blistering mastery on the Gee-tar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1986 View Post
    Source of Infection was HFT 2.0 for me. The chorus was fine, but the verses needed lyrics. Either way, I crank this tune loud, as it is some of Eddie's best blistering mastery on the Gee-tar.
    I wonder if some of the Hagar era problems stemmed from lack of material. It very much does sound like a Hot For Teacher variant. They couldn't go back to the demos for anything.
    The vocals sound more like a jam or demo than a finished track. I mean these are not a serious attempt to write lyrics:
    Hey
    Alright
    Whoo how 'bout 'cha now, come on, oh yeah
    Dig it
    That's right
    Is everybody ready?
    Let's go
    up 'n down
    (Round and round)Oh, round and round
    (Movin' up and down) In 'n out
    (Round and round)
    Yeow
    Crank it, blow out
    Uh, ouch
    Help me
    Now flip on over
    Oh baby, you know that I like it (woop, woop, woop)
    she choked the chain
    (Round and round) she got the hook
    (Movin' up and down) can't get away
    (Round and round) oh
    Fever starts to climb, reaching 105
    I need another shot o' your love
    Love, love is the source (of infection)
    Love, love is the source (of infection)
    Hey, Eddie
    Say what?
    Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about
    Wax it on down, woo
    Ready, set, go
    Oh yeah
    Woo
    That's right
    Love, love…

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1986 View Post
    Source of Infection was HFT 2.0 for me. The chorus was fine, but the verses needed lyrics. Either way, I crank this tune loud, as it is some of Eddie's best blistering mastery on the Gee-tar.
    I've always said that Source of Infection sounds like a hybrid of Hot For Teacher and I'm The One. The lyrics blow, but the music smokes. I dig it.
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    Always liked this tune. VH rockin' out!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nj958 View Post
    I wonder if some of the Hagar era problems stemmed from lack of material. It very much does sound like a Hot For Teacher variant. They couldn't go back to the demos for anything.
    The vocals sound more like a jam or demo than a finished track. I mean these are not a serious attempt to write lyrics:
    Hey
    Alright
    Whoo how 'bout 'cha now, come on, oh yeah
    Dig it
    That's right
    Is everybody ready?
    Let's go
    up 'n down
    (Round and round)Oh, round and round
    (Movin' up and down) In 'n out
    (Round and round)
    Yeow
    Crank it, blow out
    Uh, ouch
    Help me
    Now flip on over
    Oh baby, you know that I like it (woop, woop, woop)
    she choked the chain
    (Round and round) she got the hook
    (Movin' up and down) can't get away
    (Round and round) oh
    Fever starts to climb, reaching 105
    I need another shot o' your love
    Love, love is the source (of infection)
    Love, love is the source (of infection)
    Hey, Eddie
    Say what?
    Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about
    Wax it on down, woo
    Ready, set, go
    Oh yeah
    Woo
    That's right
    Love, love…
    Sam talks about it in his book, I think. He said they were on such a high from 5150 they thought they could do anything, so he went for a James Brown thing. While Sam admits that OU812 didn't get his best lyrics, I think most of the songs are fantastic lyrically: MAM, WIL, AFU, CABO WABO, FSG and FWYS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nj958 View Post
    A perfect example of what was bad about the Hagar era. Crap lyrics, no melody, nothing there.

    A waste of some good music.
    I really like how you stated that; non-confrontational, clear, and concise...well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nj958 View Post
    I have to agree too. I like what Ed is doing, but Sammy came up with absolutely nothing here.
    A perfect example of what was bad about the Hagar era. Crap lyrics, no melody, nothing there.

    A waste of some good music.
    I wouldve liked to hear Dave come up with something for this tune. It was more in his wheelhouse.

    I'll still take OU812 over any of the other Sam era albums. They all suffer from occasionally shit lyrics and shrill oversinging by Sam.

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    IMO, the highlights of OU812 were A.F.U. (Naturally Wired), Source Of Infection and Black And Blue because those songs sounded like vintage Van Halen.
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