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Fun Music Information -> Van Halen

Album cover parody of 1984 by Van Halen
Parody album cover
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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Van Halen/David Lee Roth

Quotes:

I'm tryin' to think of what to do next...
- Eddie Van Halen (in the middle of his unaccompanied solo on the 2004 tour)
The title is just to let people know there's a new album, call it Mustard On Your Leg or something. Here's the new one, call it Yogurt!
- Eddie Van Halen
There are additional music quotes available.

Jokes:

The only time David Lee Roth can stop lip syncing onstage is...during Eruption.
Submitted by: G
Junior went to the Van Halen concert Wednesday night. The group was on their 1991-1993 tour to promote their album "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge". Junior went to school the next day with his new tour shirt. His friends thought it was radical. His 9th grade homeroom teacher didn't. The back of the shirt had the abbreviation "F.U.C.K." with the letters big, prominent, and orangey-red and the periods being colored a dim dark blue. So, from a distance like say, across the room, what does the shirt say to you? The teacher told Junior to wear his shirt inside out or go to the principal's office. Junior just sat in his seat, grinning. The teacher then directed,"Get up! To the office. Right now." So he proudly strolls down the hall to the principal's office. Jamie walks by him and looks back at his shirt. Jamie's smirkin'. Junior steps into the office proudly proclaiming,"I heard you missed me, I'm back!". The principal then gave him one week's suspension and called Junior's mom to pick him up and schedule an office meeting with her. She asked why and the principal said that her son has repeatedly got in trouble, then he asked her, "Have you seen Junior's grades?"
Submitted by: 5150
There are additional music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • Ok just to set the record straight, obviously the name Van Halen comes from the fact that it's Eddie and Alex's last name. The history of this though is as follows: The band was formed in 1974 and was originally called Mammoth. Roth is typically credited with suggesting the band call itself Van Halen, however Gene Simmons financed their first demo tape and wanted to call the band "Daddy Long Legs." Van Halen won out. Submitted by: Adam
  • Actually the idea to use the guy's last name was not David Lee Roths idea. It was the idea of their first financial backer and producer Gene Simmons of Kiss. He told them that neither "The Broken Combs" or Mammoth were going to take them anywhere. Submitted by: Todd

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Van Hagar. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Ice Cream Man""ol' Dave's got somethin' for you" (lyric sung by the band's lead vocalist, David Lee Roth) - GlamRockNinjaLord

New Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Paramedic"He saved a lady's life on the job. He's now the singer for Van Halen again. - U Ain't Gonna Believe This
"Trained as a paramedic in NYC."Don't know if this still qualifies for this category, as he just announced a new tour with VH later this year, but in his previous downtime, he worked as a paramedic in the Big Apple. - Michael E Cormier

Better Off Solo?:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Michael Anthony""The bass player for the classic VH lineup and Van Hagar, Mike now plays in all of Sammy Hagar's solo endeavors, including Chickenfoot and The Circle. After he left VH, he was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen." - GlamRockNinjaLord
"Sammy Hagar""Hagar had a decent solo career, then blew it to join Van Halen. Commercially, the band was more successful. But I believe he sold out the fans of his solo work." - Rocky II
"David Lee Roth""Hate him for his personality, but Diamond Dave was much maligned critically, and should have gotten more respect than "Van Hagar"." - Rocky

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Van HagarThis name actually applied when Sammy Hagar joinedJimmy Page (J.P.)
Van Ailin'With apologies to Eddie, his group is on the critical list and fading.oldschool

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Everybody Wants Scum""Everybody Wants Some"Regina Haniger
"Everybody Haunts Some""Everybody Wants Some"Regina Haniger
"Everybody Taunts Some""Everybody Wants Some"Regina Haniger
"Everybody Daunts Some""Everybody Wants Some"Regina Haniger
"Walkin' With The Angel [better than orig. title]""Runnin' With The Devil"John Michael Westinghouse

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Stay Frosty,"The temperature cannot remain the same forever.GlamRockNinjaLord
"Mean Streets,"Streets do not possess emotions.GlamRockNinjaLord
"Love Walks In,"Love is incapable of walking.Yvette Bristle
"Dance The Night Away,"The night itself can't dance, no legs! Peter
"Runnin' With The Devil,"How does the devil run?Peter

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"What Does a Girl Do?," Marcie Blane"Dance the Night Away," Van Halen
"Money (That's What I Want)," Barrett Strong"Everybody Wants Some," Van Halen
"Let's Talk About Love," Joanie Sommers"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," Van Halen
"Wait For Me Darling," Joan Regan"I'll Wait," Van Halen
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Finish What Ya Stated" originally "Finish What Ya Started"
Serafina
"Amie's Crying" originally "Jamie's Crying"
Samantha Wayland
"Why Can't His Be Love" originally "Why Can't This Be Love"
that is, why can't his love be love?
Julia Farda
"Runnin' With The Evil" originally "Runnin' With The Devil"
Doesn't really change the song's meaning by much.
Katie
"Ump" originally "Jump"
as in umpire, a guy in pro baseball games
Clucky The Chicken

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"It'll Wait" originally "I'll Wait"
Terror Reid
"Cone I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty
"Bone I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty
"Zone I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty
"Tone I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Everybody Wants Home" originally "Everybody Wants Some"
Nicole
"Penama" originally "Panama"
Penama is a province in island nation of Vanuatu
Samantha Wayland
"Ode I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty
"Ore I Want" originally "One I Want"
Candy Welty
"Ain't Tallin' 'Bout Live" originally "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
But they will talk about the dead?
Peter

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Recordings:

Mar 3
a parody of "Runnin' With the Devil" by Van Halen
Dueling HandFarts are featured in this tribute to Word Power.
YouTube: (Video)
Jan 3
a parody of "Jump" by Van Halen
HandFart enhanced tune about the end result of bad cooking.
YouTube: (Video)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Panama""Nobama!"Callmelennie
"Panama""Panama"Susanna Viljanen
"Jump""Trump"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Jump!""Dump Trump!"Eel Deal
"You Really Got Me""Don't Think You'd Want Me"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Jump""Jump! (The Skydiving Song)"Susanna Viljanen
"Where Have All The Good Times Gone?""Where Has My Vacation Gone?"Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd
"Why Can't This Be Love""Why Can't This Be Coke?"Susanna Viljanen
"Jamie's Cryin'""Jamie Dimon"Jeff in Richmond VA
"Tattoo""Tattoo Of Fantasy Island"Steve Kalafut

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Give To LiveRed Cross (Blood Drives)rocky
Comfortable ShoesHush Puppies/Dr. Scholl'soldrock
Ice Cream ManANY and EVERY ice cream truck!!Chris DeNicola
JumpSuicide HotlineRiot
Ice Cream ManGood Humor Ice Creamrocky

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Hot For TeacherSchool/College/UniversityAlyssa
Mean StreetCentury 21carly_carlz
Ice Cream ManHaagen-Daz/Ben and Jerry'scarly_carlz
Hot for TeacherSchoolJoe
Pretty WomanPlastic Surgery Clinicbeen_a_son
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
I Just Wanna
   Kiss
Jump
   Van Halen
I Just Wanna Jump
GlamRockNinjaLord
We Are
   Vertical Horizon
On Fire
   Van Halen
We Are On Fire
GlamRockNinjaLord
Self Control
   Laura Branigan
Loss Of Control
   Van Halen
Loss Of Self Control
GlamRockNinjaLord
I'm The Man
   Anthrax
Ice Cream Man
   Van Halen
I'm The Ice Cream Man
GlamRockNinjaLord
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Bon Halen
Bon Jovi combined with Van Halen
Submitted By: Tim
Camper Van Halen
Camper Van Beethoven combined with Van Halen
Actually, this would be an awesome band name.
Submitted By: G
Chevy Van
Chevelle combined with Van Halen
And that's alright with me.
Submitted By: Brian Kelly
Van Gellen
Vangelis combined with Van Halen
Are you gellin'? Diamond Dave is!
Submitted By: Tim Burr

There are additional Van Halen Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Panama"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a citizen, Let's hit this disco man!
Original Lyrics:
Model citizen, zero discipline
"Everybody Wants Some"
Misheard Lyrics:
I took a mega ride, lookin' for a mook beam.
Original Lyrics:
I took a mobile light, lookin' for a moonbeam.
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
Misheard Lyrics:
Ain't that a big load!
Original Lyrics:
Ain't talkin' 'bout love!
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
Misheard Lyrics:
Beef Jerky for love.
Original Lyrics:
Ain't talkin' 'bout love!
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Everybody Wants Some"
Misheard Lyrics:
You can't get a medic on a subway line.
Original Lyrics:
You can't get romantic on a subway line.

Story about this misheard lyric by: e

What I thought until I found a video with the lyrics

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Jump"
Better Lyrics:
Ted's fed up, with this Donald Trump clown
Fighting's been tough, but now,Trump's put his wife down
This campaign, folks, is so unreal
'Spill the beans" punches and tabloid appeal
Started Melania Trump smear
Pictured as Slovenian slut in his jet machine
British GQ mag was the means
Lyin' Ted claims sight was unseen
Blame tweets on Trump! Trump!
Heidi looks like a frump
Depression slumps. F' Trump!
Ted Cruz hates Trump!
Original Lyrics:
get up, and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest all around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real
Oh can't you see me standing here,
I've got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen.
Oh can't you see what I mean?
Might as well jump. Jump!
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. Jump!
Go ahead, jump.
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Love Walks In"
Better Lyrics:
The Deli’s rearranged
All the Wursts are changed
No sliced scraps remain,
Steph is workin’ it
Original Lyrics:
So when you sense a change
Nothing feels the same
All your dreams are strange,
Love comes walkin' in
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Love Walks In"
Better Lyrics:
Everyone wants real change
But it’s all the same
All the stats are lame,
Barack’s been lyin’
Original Lyrics:
So when you sense a change
Nothing feels the same
All your dreams are strange,
Love comes walkin' in
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Jump"
The Funny Lyrics:
Now can't you see me standing here,
I've got my back against the record machine
Why They're Funny:
How nice of you to tell us that, David Lee. I can just picture you in this pose.
Submitted by: Ricky
"Hot For Teacher"
The Funny Lyrics:
I don't feel tardy
Why They're Funny:
the first time I heard David Lee Roth say that, it reminded me of one of our our class clowns and I laugh every time I hear it
Submitted by: kamikazewatermelon
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Jump"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Jump
Why They're Repetitive:
Probably one of my favorite tunes from the 80s...but after a while Roth shouting 'Jump!' can really sharpen yer head to a point. Sammy must've groaned when he realized he'd be forced to sing it live night after night...
Submitted by: Silent Knight
 

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Why Can't This Be Love?"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Only time will tell if we stand the test of time..
Why They're Nonsensical:
Uh, ok....
Submitted by: Suzette
"Why Can't This Be Love?"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Only time will tell
if we'll survive the test of time
Why They're Nonsensical:
???????? This one makes my brain hurt
Submitted by: Robert Fegley

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Jump"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
I get up!!! and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough!!! I've seen the toughest around.
And I know!!!! Baby just how you feel,
you've got to roll, roll, roll, roll, with the punches to get to what's re-heal!
Why They're Misrhymed:
aside from the fact that Diamond Dave's articulation is overpronounced and his phrasing is about as masterful as bob Dylan with tourette's ...nothing, I mean nothing ryhme's at alll holy s***!!!
Submitted by: Andy Macintyre
 

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
The Insulting Lyrics:
You're semi-good looking
Why They're Insulting:
Hmm, did he mean that as a compliment or an insult? Hard to tell.
Submitted by: Kat Kat
 

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Why Can't This Be Love?"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
Only time will tell
if we stand the test of time
Why They're Inappropriate:
I dig Sammy. I dig this band. This line is not only inappropriate, but it's redundant and stupid. Why, Sammy???? Why???????
Submitted by: Wayne
 

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Jump"
The Dated Lyrics:
'I've got my back against the record machine.'
Why They're Dated:
This is to add to the above statement. Some have interpreted this line very differently record machine = record label Some would say this song was written as a stab towards record labels pressuring groups to spit out big hit singles at will. Listen to the song in this context and it takes on a whole new light. Am I right? I don't think we'll ever know.

Ed Note: I was under the impression "record machine" in the song was referring to a jukebox. In any case, the song is dated - most everything is CDs now.
Submitted by: orion350z
"Jump"
The Dated Lyrics:
Can't you see me standing here?
I've got my back against the record machine.
Why They're Dated:
We old fogeys who grew up in the 1980s might even still call it the record machine, but these days it plays CDs.
Submitted by: Offender

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Black & Blue"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Slip n' slide, push it in
Bitch sure got the rhythm
I'm holding back, oh yeah, I got the control
Hooked into her system
Don't draw the line
Honey, I ain't through with you
The harder the better
Let's do it 'til we're black and blue
Why They're Dirty:
Um, I pretty much knew they were dirty the first time I heard it. Duh.
Submitted by: Jamba
 

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Feels So Good"
The Song Lyrics:
Yesterday I saw my love light shine
Song They Mention:
"Yesterday" - The Beatles
Submitted by: Jennifer Hate Hewitt
"Feels So Good"
The Song Lyrics:
I'll send the message in a bottle
Song They Mention:
"Message In A Bottle" - The Police
Submitted by: Cassandra
There are additional Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Spank Ed" originally "Spanked"
Ironically Eddie Van Halen might like that.
Submitted by: Peter
"Ill Wait" originally "I'll Wait"
In many waiting rooms it does seem this way.
Submitted by: Peter
"Love Walk Sin" originally "Love Walks In "
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Every Body Wants Some" originally "Everybody Wants Some"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Can'ts Top Lovin' You" originally "Can't Stop Lovin' You"
Too many "I can'ts" in the way?
Submitted by: Josh

Band Name Anagrams:

Naval Hen Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr,
Ha Val Hen Submitted by: Peter
La Van Hen Submitted by: Evan
Hen Navel Submitted by: Lydia Helton

Song Title Anagrams:

"So, Everybody Wants Me" originally "Everybody Wants Some"
Submitted by: Nancy
"Everyone Swam By Dots" originally "Everybody Wants Some"
Submitted by: Quyjibo
"Nice Macrame" originally "Ice Cream Man"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Even This Low" originally "When It's Love"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Owlish Event" originally "When It's Love"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Panama"
The Lyrics:
Don't ya know she's coming home with me
You'll lose her in that turn
I'll get her!
Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama
Why:
Panama is why...
Submitted by: Carolyn
 

Songs That Are Banned:

"Pretty Woman"
One of the first videos to be banned by MTV after many complaints by parents. The video featured two midgets about to perform sex with a woman, who was actually a man in drag.
Submitted by: Wolfman Jack Nicholson

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Intruder" Length: 1:39
The power drill song.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"Tora! Tora!" Length: 0:57
Yet another EVH guitar solo.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"Spanish Fly" Length: 1:00
Another one of EVH's famous guitar solos.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"1984" Length: 1:07
Synth solo, opens the album of the same title.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"Cathedral" Length: 1:20
Another one of Eddie Van Halen's famous guitar solos.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord

There are additional Super Short Pop Songs available.

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Tot Whore Feature" originally "Hot For Teacher"
Submitted by: Terror Reid

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Why Can't This Be Love?"
The Lyrics:
Only time will tell if we stand the test of time
Why:
Actually, five "t"'s if you count "the".
Submitted by: Rocky

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Hal Vanen originally "Van Halen"
Submitted by: rocky
Han Valen originally "Van Halen"
"Star Wars" meets "Babylon 5".
Submitted by: Peter

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Panama"
During December 1989 the Cold War had ended peacefully. However, Panamanian strongman Manuel Noreiga had declared that Panama and the U.S.A. were in a state of war. With the memories of the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis still pretty fresh and Noreiga threatening the American forces in the Canal Zone the U.S. invaded Panama. Noreiga was soon cornered and holed up in a Vatican embassy. The U.S. Army played loud music in order to have Noreiga come out and surrender. Some of the songs blasted loudly included the Animals' "We Got to Get Outta This Place" and of course, "Panama" by Van Halen. This may be the first use of rock'n'roll as a weapon of war. Manuel Noreiga surrendered to the U.S. Army on January 2, 1990.
Submitted by: Kold Warrior

Hidden Messages:

"Hot For Teacher"
On the "1984" album right after that song is over you will hear somebody say,"Wuhf!" or something that sounds like that.
Submitted by: Got It Bad, Got It Bad, Got It Bad

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"First Glam Metal band"
Van Halen, who formed in the mid-1970s, are widely considered to be the first Glam Metal band, due to the fact that they succeeded in mixing the sounds of Pop and Heavy Metal, had a virtuoso lead guitarist and a flamboyant frontman and wrote songs about Sex, Rock And Roll and just plain having a good time, which is pretty much every Glam Metal band's requirements.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"Not Having Brown M&Ms"
The Brown M&M never gets respect (there's no Brown M character) and Van Halen is no exception. They used this policy because they wanted to make sure that their promoters have read the contract, since in one of their venues a roadie nearly got killed and wound-up with a damage bill of 85 grand!
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Minivans
Based on their name.
Submitted by: Rocky
Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips
got it bad,got it bad.../For Arthur Treacher's
Submitted by: schweitzito

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Everybody Wants Some"
Richard Linklater's 2016 film
Submitted by: Sutch

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Jump"
The Lyrics:
Go ahead, jump!
Jump!
Might as well jump.
Why:
Not exactly what you want to hear when you're talking someone off of a ledge.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional Bad Ringtone Choices available.

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