Not every album that comes out in the wild is trying to be the biggest record in the world. If you were to ask half the bands that would become classic rock back in the day, they’d tell you that they just played the songs they thought were pretty good and put them on a piece of vinyl. That should be enough, but sometimes you end up changing the course of popular music without even knowing it.
Although they may have seemed odd at the time, each of these records had quite a long shelf life, making them some of the most cutting-edge rock and roll ever made. Whether it was how they approached recording the record or how they ultimately constructed the songs, each of these bands managed to capture something magical between those grooves, taking the kind of tendencies that went and came in rock. world and decide to fend for themselves and be themselves.
It’s always a gamble trying to keep up with what the rest of the world is doing, but these artists didn’t care. They were what they were and they were going to be the biggest bands in the world, whether they were even ready or not. Those records might not sound like much these days, but after those final chords rang out, you knew things were going to be different.
Towards the end of the 1970s, the second golden age of rock and roll seemed to be running out of steam. It may have started with amazing acts like Led Zeppelin, but the new influx of progressive rock bands has left a lot of rock and roll singles confused, looking for something simple to bang their heads in instead of those long expanding solos. Around the same time the new wave was starting to enter the conversation, there was a small band making noise in California that was about to set the world on fire.
Long before hair metal was an idea in the minds of rock fans, Van Halen set the blueprint for what the Sunset Strip sound would become in 1978, with Eddie Van Halen becoming the band’s new favorite guitar hero. everyone overnight. Armed with songs they needed to fill their live set most of the time, there was a certain magic captured on this record, with David Lee Roth bringing mountains of charisma to the table, tackling songs that had streaks of metal, rock and roll, and a bit of southern boogie mixed in for good measure.
Although the production of this record was a bit sloppy, what ended up on the record was the start of a new kind of music, while teaching worried parents in America an important lesson on the lean side. harder rock. Metal can be a little scary here and there, but if you put it in the right context, it could also be one hell of a time, and Van Halen’s debut is practically the party record of heavy metal.