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CALL TO ACTION: VAN HAGAR [May. 4th, 2007|09:40 pm]
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CALL TO ACTION: Van Hagar

As lame as this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony was and as unimpressive as the makeshift group of Van Halen representatives fronted by Sammy Hagar was, seeing the ceremony did make me wish I had a little more Van Hagar on CD. Like, any. I never got around to buying 5150 or OU812 on compact disc, though Lord knows I heard enough of the former back in the day and have the latter on a cassette tape somewhere in the far reaches of the Cultureshark Archives.

You know what, though? I don't think I NEED 5150 and OU812. I want the hits, including songs like "Love Walks In" and "Why Can't This Be Love?" but I recall some filler on those albums. What I need is a good greatest hits that features the best of those (and I really don't need to buy For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, which I never liked in the first place).

A better Best of Van Halen Lee Roth is welcome but not essential, as we should really be just buying those individual albums. The Van Hagar area, though, while loaded with high points, didn't feature whole discs that were as consistent. Isn't that sort of phenomena the reason why the concept of Greatest Hits was invented?

Well, no, I think the concept was created to get people to repurchase songs they had already bought. Creatively speaking, though, there is a need for Greatest Hits albums in many cases. I want my 38 Special singles but don't necessarily need the whole LPs, and while I doubt any of those guys will join Sammy in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they all share something in common because there really oughta be a Best of Van Hagar on my shelf.

Only problem is, there is no such thing. A while back, someone had the insane idea of combining the David Lee Roth era with the Van Hagar era in one greatest hits package--and alternating between the two song to song! I prefer my two Van Halens kept separate and distinct, thank you, and I'll not be picking that one up. I prefer the third Van Halen, with Gary Cherone, placed in an incinerator, never to be spoken of again. But I'm straying off topic.

No, what we need is a Best of Van Hagar collection without any David Lee Roth or {snicker) Gary Cherone. Sure the band (or what's left of it) and Mr. Cabo Wabo may not be on great terms, but Eddie could throw him a bone for being gracious enough to go to the HOF ceremony and accept with class. More importantly, the fans deserve this. Make it happen, folks, by demanding it.

They can even title it with a patented snicker-inducing acronym. I volunteer this one for free:

Best of Van Halen: Sammy Hagar's Inimitable Tracks.
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