Gold Supporting Member
Holmes. Hair metal misses the point. If you play guitar and don't grasp why Eddie's contribution was significant to the history and development of guitar, well... you'll get around to some fun learning eventually, once your ego learns humility. Dude had the gift.Very interesting, thanks. Not a troll thread btw. I think hair metal was among the worst eras of recorded music and as some of you are pointing out, Van Halen opened the door. I dislike everything about that world from the music to the hair to the drugs. Sort of like the club scene now. I guess if you hate grunge you’d hate Nirvana for the same reasons.
And I guess if you revere the hair metal scene then VH would be your God. So this board must have a lot of 50 ish year olds (now) whose minds were blown by Eddie’s playing back when. I can get that.
But the fact that someone sarcastically compared them to The Beatles is just unbelievable to my ears. “Might as well Jump!” vs Something??
Tastes are what they are I guess.
Comparing any Beatles masterpiece to any of Van Halen's work is apples and oranges. "Something" is a deep work that combines sublime lyrics with exceptional harmony and melody, and is supported with adequate musicianship. Van Halen, on the other hand, put forward one truly exceptional musician (Eddie, duh) with otherwise adequate support and great - not sublime, merely great - songwriting. Put "Something" on at a party and a bunch of record collectors pull on their beards and discuss whether the hi-fi is hi-fi enough, whereas you drop "Hot For Teacher" and half the party will roll their eyes and the other will bust out an air guitar. And back in 1984, the female half would share that which was under their shirts, if it was hot enough outside. Reaction, baby. Make me care.
VH sold millions because they wrote fun songs, but as regards EVH's legacy, IMO songwriting is beside the point. Drop all preconceptions and listen to what he played. "Atomic Punk," "I'm The One," "Eruption," "Ice Cream Man," "Ain't Talking 'Bout Love".... that's five songs from ONE ALBUM... move ahead to "Unchained," "Mean Streets," "Hot For Teacher," "Drop Dead Legs"... all of which wrote chapters in the Book of Guitar Players Singing Like Gods. And there are others, but I'm only a casual fan so I don't where else to point. Eddie earned a spot on the Mt. Rushmore of guitar players.
Curious: do you get Angus Young? Have you ever noticed that however bothered by the classic-rock-ish-ness of AC/DC you may be, you can sing every one of his solos? Of how may guitar players can you say the same? Maybe five.
Eddie is one of those. One of the best.