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1986 – Part 2.3: Van Halen – 5150

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this album yet.

“5150” achieved what “1984” couldn’t.

The Billboard Number 1 spot.

Actually all of the Sammy Hagar albums achieved what the David Lee Roth albums couldn’t.

Then again DLR needed to contend with Michael Jackson and “Thriller” and Adele with “21”.

Songs like “Why Can’t This Be Love”, “Best of Both Worlds”, “Dreams”, “Live Walks In” and “Summer Nights” take up most of the press and listens on steaming services but it’s tracks like “Good Enough” and “Get Up” which get me really interested.

Good Enough

Check out the head banging riff on “Good Enough” after Sammy screams “Hello Baby”.

It sounds like AC/DC on steroids but if you listen to the 1983 demo, it actually sounds like ZZ Top.

It was one of the first songs Sammy Hagar jammed with the band and he is at his creative best, telling us that a good looking women is like a good piece of prime grade beef.

Why Can’t This Be Love

Then they hit us with this.

Infectious and catchy. Almost funky.

Play that synth riff on guitar and it rocks your socks off.

Get Up

Speed rock. I love it.

Dreams

If the synth riff doesn’t get you singing out loud, then Sammy’s vocals would.

Summer Nights

Along with “Good Enough” this was the other song that Sammy Hagar jammed on.

It’s winter in Australia right now but this song is timeless, gets me thinking of good times. Almost nostalgic like.

Best Of Both Worlds

It’s “Highway To Hell” and I like it.

Check out the dynamics from EVH as he goes from loud to soft to loud again.

Love Walks In

It’s a great ballad. Play that riff on a guitar and you’ll hear how much it rocks.

5150

There’s a lot of guitar on this, but it’s the Chorus riff and vocal melody which hooks me.

Inside

Another funky and groovy rocker. Never played live.

Crank it and let 1986 intoxicate you.

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7 thoughts on “1986 – Part 2.3: Van Halen – 5150

  1. A great album Pete. Love Good Enough and Get Up as well. U can tell the band is jacked up and having fun as it oozes party time from the grooves of the vinyl.
    I will never understand why someone at Warners never bothered to release ‘Summer Nights’ as a single in the summer. Ball was dropped but the album sold millions so no one was bugged about other than me. lol

    • Henrik says:

      Ah, summer of 1986. DLR released an album that was true to Van Halen tradition, whereas Van Hagar moved up a gear and sounded better and more melodic than ever. How to react?

      It was Sophie’s choice and I played it safe by saying DLR is still the king, but secretly confessed VH have released a handful of annoyingly catchy tunes.

      Today it’s easy to say both albums have their pros and cons. Solid stuff nevertheless.

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