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    25 years ago today, Van Halen sent a little Zen headed your way! “Me WISE MAGIC” became the band's 13th No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock Track, maintaining the # 1 position for 6 weeks during the autumn of 1996. It was the first of two highly anticipated tracks recorded by the band with its original lead vocalist and songwriter, David Lee Roth. Together with the other new song on the compilation album, "Can't Get This Stuff No More", it's the last song recorded by the original line-up.
    The lyrics were written in the first person. They present a series of questions and statements about self-awareness, religious belief and superstitions - alternating between the points of view of God and a human being.
    Eddie Van Halen said about the song, "I thought it was majestic; it takes you on a roller coaster because there are so many changes. I nicknamed it "The Three Faces of Shamus," because there is that first low part, the high part, and then the chorus. All three have completely different vibes going on."

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    If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." -Tom Morello

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    Just because I feel like listening to it right now ...

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

    "The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth" - Todd Wagner

    "Women and Children First ... The REAL Van Halen III"

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    I could just play that on repeat. 25 years. man, time flies

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    Oh! a MWM thread. How about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Oh! a MWM thread. How about that.
    Oh! a smart ass comment for no fucking reason. How about that.
    If I don't respond to you it means I have you on ignore, which means you are a douchenozzle.

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    Great f’n song!!
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    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

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    Wow, I too am surprised to learn that it's already been 25 years?! Then again, that first tour with Dave back in the band was all the way back in 2007. That seems like forever ago too.

    Anyway, Me Wise Magic is one rock song that really holds up over time!

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    Wish the rehearsals for this had panned out and they had added it to the 2012 setlist.
    If I don't respond to you it means I have you on ignore, which means you are a douchenozzle.

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    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

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    Wow

    The last track of the original band

    Just wow


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I could just play that on repeat. 25 years. man, time flies
    Sure does, especially when you consider only 3 years earlier, the band celebrated 15 years as a recording band!
    “And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both – that’s intentionally. So I would always look forward to that reunion.” - David Lee Roth

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    25 years!!!!! I still remember my jaw dropping as I listened to it on the radio for the 1st time....f I'm old.
    "People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage." - David Lee Roth

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    That's funny, I just bought the cd single of this song a few days ago!

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    I remember that like it was yesterday. Time flies.

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    I've said it before, and I will say it again .. it is absolutely criminal that we didn't get a full album when Ed was in the Humans Being/MWM/CGTSNM mode. That thing would have been K-I-L-L-E-R. 🔥
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