Label: Warner Bros. Records - 3677-2,Warner Bros. Records - 257 003 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
Diver Down is the fifth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halenreleased on April 14, It spent 65 weeks on the album chart in the United States and had, bysold four million copies in the United States. It is their shortest album to date. The album cover artwork displays the "diver down" flag used in many US jurisdictions which indicates a SCUBA diver is currently submerged in the area.
You put up the red flag with the white slash. Well, a lot of people approach Van Halen as sort of the abyss. It means, it's not immediately apparent to your eyes what is going on underneath the surface. Five of the twelve songs on the album are coversthe most popular being the cover of " Oh Pretty Woman", Quercus Lamellosa - Botanist - I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down Orbison song.
At the time, the record company thought it had a greater chance of a hit record if the album was composed of songs that were already successful. In retrospect, it turned out to be one of the Van Halen brothers' least-favorite albums, with Eddie stating "I'd rather have a bomb with one of my own songs than a hit with someone else's.
Dave came up with the idea of, 'Hey, why don't we start off the new year with just putting out a single? So I said, 'Look, if Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down want to do a cover tune, why don't we do 'Pretty Woman'?
It took one day. We went to Sunset Sound in L. It started climbing the charts, so all of a sudden Warner Bros. We gotta have that record. We spent 12 days making the album Additionally, "Happy Trails" had been recorded for their demos as a joke. Two interviews from the period give the best account of Ape King Supreme - Loudspeaker - Rubberneckers Vs.
Tailgaters the band — certainly Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down and Eddie — saw the album at the time. Dave : "We're capable of playing six different Kinks' songs. Because at one time, back in our bar days, I bought a double album from K-Tel or something that had 30 Kinks tunes on it. We learned all of one side and played them into the dirt during the club gigs, twice a night each one, because they sounded so good and they were great to dance to, etc.
And Chrissie Hynde materialized for a brief moment. Eddie : "The solo was more sounds than lines. I ran the edge of my pick up and down the strings for some of those effects. I think I used my Echoplex in that song. Dave : "It's like all those Westerns where there's some kind of dissonant sound in the background. Like they'll have one harmonica that hits only Corazon Mojado - Loquero - Fantasy note—eeeeeeeeee—and that's Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down you know the hero is coming to town or something terrible is going to happen.
And what happens is Edward will come up with a song or a riff and then immediately I'll hear it and I'll know right away what the scenario is. Eddie : "The solo was just loose, fun, craziness.
I play it better every night than I did on the record, but who cares? It has feeling. Actually that was a really old song. Eddie : "I've been doing 'Cathedral' for more than a year and I wanted to put it on record On that cut I use the volume knob a lot. If you turn it up and down too fast, it heats up and Shakin Stevens - Profile. I did two takes of that song, and right at the end of the second take, the volume knob just froze, just stopped.
Dave : "The nucleus of the lyrics come from greeting cards and get-well cards that I bought in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the last tour, and they were written in the style of American Indian poetry. Eddie : "I used a Gibson doubleneck string, the model Jimmy Page uses, and played with a flatpick. The solo in 'Secrets' was a first take. I kind of laid back, and it fit the song.
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So, I said, we won't cut any of it; we'll write soundtrack music for the beginning. So we went into the studio and I played the synthesizer Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down I wrote it. It took about an hour to put that together. Dave : "It sounds like more than Gravitys Rainbow (Soulwax Remix) - Steve Aoki - Pillowface And His Airplane Chronicles people are playing, when in actuality there are almost zero overdubs — that's why it takes us such a short amount of time [to record].
Eddie : "It takes almost as much time to make a cover song sound original as it does writing a song. I spent a lot of time arranging and playing synthesizer on 'Dancing in the Streets,' and they [critics] just wrote it off as, 'Oh, it's just like the original. These are good songs.
Why shouldn't we redo them for the new generation of people? Dave : "Edward was saying he'd just seen this TV show with a Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down guy doing all these wonderful things with his fingers, and he says 'I've figured out how to do it A Lesson in Murder - Martyr Lucifer - Shards one pick, watch this. And it sounded better than the original It sounded Mexican to me, so I wrote a song for senoritas.
Eddie : "I think that the best thing I do is cheat. I came up with the intro after I bought a couple of Carlos Montoya records. I was hearing his fingerpicking, going, 'My God, this guy is great. I can't do that. If there's something I want to do and can't, I won't give up until I can figure out some way to make it sound similar to what I really can do.
Dave : Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down think it's a great song. And there's been this thread winding its way through all of Van Halen's music and all of our albums since beginning with 'Ice Cream Man. It's music. Why do I have to bang my head to every single song on every single album? I don't think the audience has that much lack of creativity or imagination.
He bought himself one of those Sanyo Walkman-type things with the FM-AM radio, and you can record off the radio if you like something you hear. He was up in his bedroom at his father's house and he found that if he stood in a certain spot and pointed his antenna a certain way, he picked up this weird radio station in Louisville, Kentucky.
He recorded 'Big Bad Bill' and played it to us, and we started laughing ourselves silly and going, 'That is bad! Let's do it! I had to read because there were so many chords, I just couldn't remember it.
So here's my father to the left of me, sitting on a chair with a music stand in front of him, and I'm sitting next to him with sheet music in a stand. Mike was there, too, playing like an acoustic guitar bass — the kind they have in Mexican restaurants where they come up, play in front of your face, Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down aggravate you. We had a great time.
It looked like an old '30s or '40s session. I used some thick Gibson hollowbody with f-holes. My father hadn't played in a long time because he had lost his left-hand middle finger about 10 years ago. He was nervous, and we told him, 'Jan, just have a good time.
We make mistakes! That's what makes it real. He played exactly what we wanted. Dave : "I think when you hear Mr. Van Halen playing, you'll have an idea it's a shadow of where Eddie and Alex are now. There's a sense of humour in there, a lot of technique and a whole lot of beer!
Dave : "You know when you have a cockroach and they run round the house and get into a corner? And this was aptly titled because if you were running from the police or what have you, and you were wearing your PRFCs, you could hit the fence at a dead run and your foot would stay in and you could commence climbing immediately, which was the essence of the whole sport anyway.
And these were also great shoes for when the cockroach moves into the corner and you can't get at it with your foot or the broom anymore.
You just jam your toe into the corner and hit as hard as you can. And if you did it right you got the full bug. So this slang means — bammm! Make the maximum effort, do everything possible, get the full bug. Eddie : "Dave plays the acoustic guitar and harmonica on the intro of 'The Full Bug.
I've been doing a lot of stuff with Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down Holdsworthand he inspires me. Dave : "Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck, Sylvie! You wouldn't believe the number of TV commercials and radio jingles this band can sing in four-part harmony.
I was nannied and weaned by TV—that's the babysitter around here when you're growing up, to Cathedral - Van Halen - Diver Down in front of the tube. You turn into a vidiot. I remember all the commercials. We've been singing 'Happy Trails' for general airport use for years.
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