RECORD STORE TALES Part 248: Hagar Bashing
There’s been some Van Hagar bashing recently here at mikeladano.com. First there was this, and then this…some strong language here and there as well. Seems that “Hagar Bashing” has been a hobby for me for a long time. Witness this nearly decade old record store journal entry that I found.
Date: 2004/08/26 10:03
Someone should pass a law preventing Sammy Hagar from singing any old classic DLR tunes. “I got my ass against the record machine”??? Fuck you Sammy, go drink your tequila.
I kind of like that, I wish I’d worked that into my Best of Both Worlds review. “Fuck you Sammy, go drink your tequila!” I’m sure that would be considered a very professional review! Speaking of which, apparently I wasn’t too impressed with a review that I read in Bass Guitar magazine, judging by the journal entry below.
Date: 2004/08/25 00:25
I hate reading an article in a magazine, and realizing I could have done a better job than the guy who gets paid all that cash for being in a big glossy. I am reading a bass magazine, and there’s an article on Van Halen. They’re talking about how consistent Michael Anthony’s sound and style has been, and continues to be on the three new songs.
Well, if the writer had bothered doing any checking, he would have seen that Anthony doesn’t play bass on the three new songs. He in fact has nothing to do with the new album whatsoever. I would have known that, not made a mistake in the article, and in addition asked Anthony about it in the interview! I could have done a better job than this pro…and I wouldn’t even ask for a dime!
And I still haven’t made a dime! Goal achieved.
Legend has it that Sammy Hagar liked this song even though Thelonious Monster meant it to be insulting.
More VAN HALEN at mikeladano.com:
A Different Kind of Truth (2012) – The Best of Both Worlds (2005 2 CD set) – Record Store Tales Part 186: The Van Halen Tin – Van Halen III (limited edition tin) – “Can’t Stop Loving You” (1995 single tin) – “Right Now” (1992 cassette single) – “Best of Both Worlds” picture sleeve 7″ single