|4. Top Jimmy|
|5. Drop Dead Legs|
|6. Hot For Teacher|
|7. I'll Wait|
|8. Girl Gone Bad|
|9. House Of Pain|
In 1983, Van Halen recorded their sixth studio album, which they would release at the dawn of the next year, and accordingly, entitle 1984. The band probably didn't know it at the time, but this would end up being the band's final album with David Lee Roth on lead vocals - he'd leave the band and pursue a solo career following this album. How does Roth's swansong with Van Halen measure up? Read on for my review.
This is probably Van Halen's most popular album (well, this and the debut), and with good reason. Some of the band's finest material and biggest hits can be found here. Jump, Van Halen's only number one hit EVER, comes from this album. The band's newfound love for synthesizers really shows in this track. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about synthesizers working in this band, but this opening track shattered those doubts. In fact, the opening title track is an instrumental that heavy emphasizes their usage - and it should be proof enough that the band can use them well. Other big hits include the classic hard rockers Panama and Hot For Teacher (you've gotta love Diamond Dave's lyrics in the latter song), as well as the Genesis-esque I'll Wait. I'll Wait is one of the band's most synth-heavy songs, but it would become another one of the band's many big hits. The chorus is particularly memorable. Through and through, this album rocks. Although it is very different from earlier Van Halen releases, it's still nothing short of excellent. I don't agree with the fans who call this the band's strongest release (my personal favorite will always be the self-titled 1978 debut), but I remain confident that this is a solid, hard-rocking album through and through, and it is one of their finest.Read more ›
The lead off song "1984" has a genuine mysteriousness to it that I find absorbing every single time I hear it.
"Jump" is pure fun, pure 80's, immortal in its synth-drenched sound.
"I'll Wait" displays true pop sensibilities from this all-out rock band. I heard it this morning on the car radio, and it still sounds great in 2002.
"Hot For Teacher" is a little campy, but it's fun. And fun is what this band has always been about.
If you've heard the hits from this record, then you've heard the essentials from it.
Though Van Halen's always been somewhat overrated, they do create some songs that truly make a lasting impression.