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Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:40 am
by sab
Okay, so we've established that A Different Kind of Truth is a legitimately good album. I'm enjoying listening to it as I write this. But I have to ask, to what end? It just seems to me that this album exists outside of the space-time continuum, weirdly disconnected from any appropriate cultural context... I don't know, maybe it's just me projecting my own shit here.

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:12 am
by Jake
Seems to me there are two schools of thought when it comes to music fans: completists and essentialists. Completists can never have enough music by a band and will happily pick up whatever comes out. Essentialists like to pare their collection down to the bare minimum.

Personally, I try to be an essentialist but I often fail. And of course it depends on the band. For Van Halen I am definitely an essentialist and would be perfectly content to just own a DLR-era "best of" compilation. In fact, looking in my iTunes library I have only six Van Halen songs: Running with the Devil, Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love, Jamie's Cryin', Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher. That's way too paltry, I realize that. I mean, I LOVED Diver Down as a kid, so that album should really be represented. At the same time, if I'm jonesin' for some VH, all I need to do is turn on WLAV and I'm guaranteed to be rocking out to "And the Cradle Will Rock" or "Beautiful Girls" within 15 minutes.

But jeez, I just looked at Amazon and you can get the first album on CD for $5.00 and most of the rest of their catalog for about $7. This is a fucking fantastic time to be a CD buyer! I might have to go against everything I just said and purchase the complete Van Halen catalog. (But I won't be buying A Different Kind of Truth because, frankly, who the needs it?)

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:53 pm
by sab
But it's good.

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:57 pm
by steve-o
It's an interesting question. I've listened to it a couple of times now, and it is pretty good. But I just wondered if maybe I exist outside some realm of die hard VH fans who have been waiting with baited breath for its release? Was anyone really anticipating a new VH album?

Fuck it is the appropriate response, I guess. If the Eagles can keep churning out new records, why not? Since Van Halen is now classic rock anyway....

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:29 pm
by sab
steve-o wrote:Since Van Halen is now classic rock anyway....


When was Van Halen not classic rock?

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:19 pm
by steve-o
sab wrote:
steve-o wrote:Since Van Halen is now classic rock anyway....


When was Van Halen not classic rock?


1986?

Re: Does the world need a new Van Halen album?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:53 pm
by Greenwood The Sock Monkey
Frankly, the world needs new albums from everyone. Let the world subsequently sort out which ones are wheat and which are merely chaff.