I recently stumbled across 6 Songs of Me and have since been struggling to select my six. The first–first song you ever bought–is easy as it is objective. My first was a cassette and it was awesome. No one has ever made Just a Gigolo with as much panache as did David Lee Roth. Diamond Dave is the consummate performer, but to truly appreciate him one must move backwards from the solo work and into one of the greatest bands of all time: Van Halen.
The kicks, the pants, the bandanas, the nonsensical lyrics, the guitars, the drums — these are the trees of life. Stand upon their branches and unleash your potential. Forget the ’90s, that’s why you’re a depressed ass loser. Stop moping about that time your dad forgot to pick you up from football practice and become radical. To the max.
Maybe I’m just on a Van Halen kick because I downloaded Best Of Vol. 1 yesterday and almost crashed my car on the way home because I was rocking so hard. Or maybe I’ve discovered an existential secret.
Van Halen’s debut album, released in 1978, presaged the glory of the go-go ’80s. Recently, the real Van Halen reunited. Is this a sign and portent of coming gnarliness? I am wearing a madras shirt and boat shoes. . .
With that in mind, I decided, just now, to compile the all-Van Halen 6 of me salvation mix. I suggest you do the same. Otherwise, you’re admitting you hate America.
First song: Just a Gigolo
What song always gets you dancing? Beautiful Girls
What song takes you back to childhood? Everybody Wants Some!!
What is the perfect love song? Drop Dead Legs
What song do you want played at your funeral? Jump
What song makes you, you? Unchained