Perhaps realizing that a good chunk of the people who still care about its brand wouldn’t know a 3OH!3 from a GaGa, MTV has added a new, retro-tastic category to this year’s Video Music Awards: Best Video That Should Have Won A Moonman, in which an overlooked clip from years gone by gets its space-statue due. (I do wonder if the presentation of said award will be shown on VH1, if only because it can then be blown out into an hour-long special about Loving The Videos That Lost At The Video Music Awards or somesuch.) There are 10 clips up for this honor, and they hail from eras as long-ago as MTV’s earliest days and as recent as the YouTube Age. My biases in this category are probably given away by the above screen grab, but you might think* differently! More »
From the Dept. Of Parenthetical Asides That Could Really Merit Their Own Stories comes this throwaway line from a New York Times piece on Michael Jackson’s will, and his lawyer John G. Branca: “In 1987, Mr. Jackson was the best man at Mr. Branca’s first wedding. (David Lee Roth, another Branca client, handled the bachelor party.)” [NYT] More »
Perhaps spurred on by the first lick of recorded music from the Sammy Hagar/Michael Anthony project Chickenfoot making its way to the Internet, Eddie Van Halen has told AOL’s Spinner that he’s not averse to maybe possibly someday perhaps entering a recording studio with David Lee Roth sometime in the eventual future. And yes, he means the real guy, not the virtual version!
The Diamond Dave Edition of Assteroidz, in which… More »
There are some real Val Kilmer-style geniuses out there on the Google and the YouTubes, and mrzarquon is one of them. This dude took the David Lee Roth a capella version of “Runnin’ With The Devil” and ran it through Microsoft’s super-goofy-looking new program Songsmith, an experimental endeavor that takes your execrable singing and follows along, gussying it up with sub-Mario Paint backing tracks for musical magic.
A few months back, a vocal-only take of Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With The Devil” made the Internet rounds, and as you might imagine, listening to David Lee Roth’s exclamations and interjections without the counterpoint of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was a surreal experience, one that made you wonder just what sort of karate moves he was contorting himself into in order to hit the perfect “WAUUU!” Well, some nice person has decided to gift the Internet with another vocal-only Roth track—and this time it’s “Hot For Teacher,” which means that if you ever felt the urge to try and make out the mumbly conversation underneath Roth’s between-verses jeering, today is your lucky day. Oh, and if you missed “Runnin'” when it was all the rage, it’s after the jump. (Hell, even if you didn’t miss it, it’s still worth listening to again.)
Notes on the rider that accompanied Van Halen’s… More »