OH FUCK YEAH!
What the hell is going on?
I dig a Sammy Hagar song?
Fucking Twilight Zone!
“Oh Yeah” is an excellent, great song!
Played it 10 times already.
OK. So, someone got through to Hagar, finally. Satch, Chad or a producer and said none of that Van Hagar crap.
I went to IMEEM and played some Van Hagar cuts to make sure I wasn’t loosing my mind.
Why Van Hagar suxed donkey balls [Van Hagar cringe-worthy elements]:
Over-earnest singing and lyrics.
Singing: Trying to push all the emotion out of each line. Forced. Nerdy. Too precious. No air, no space, no relaxing into a groove. Over-singing. Even the screams are forced. Don’t sound like a natural, uncontrolled celebration, but look-at-me-I’m screaming. Almost over-singing the scream, if you will. And singing and screaming in too high a register. Too high and too forced = nerdy. No art to it. No artist-vibe. Cool, open, free, creative – ya gotta feel it in a relaxed, natural way if yr gonna make music, man. Not look-ma, I’m earnest, I’m straining, I’m over-singing, over enunciating.
Lyrics: Cliche, Hallmark Card, bore-me-to-tears, so common-place they say nothing, can’t get into them. Over-earnest. Little-boy-showing-it-to-mommy sweet lyrics.
Why Oh Yeah! [I’m calling it Oh Fuck Yeah!] is a great song:
Singing: Someone made Hagar relax a little. Restrained him somewhat. Sing in a little lower. Not straining high. There is some space and air, lets a little authentic feeling into the delivery. A little coolness. There you go, Sammy. With “Ain’t nothing I wouldn’t do for you” and a ton of other lines and even with the screams – you can just feel Hagar being restrained and just where the Van Hagar dude would have pushed it outta the zone. “Oh Lord I could sing” – Van Hagar would have forced that line through the stratosphere and drenched it with over-emotions
and strangled it completely to death. And his vocals are louder in the mix than with Van Hagar (where perhaps he is straining just to be heard, huh?).
Lyrics: Not pissing me off. Tells a story. Rock n roll lines. He doesn’t nerdy it up.
What the fuck!
Satch is being very tasty. Bravo. No mechanical “scale” and robotic guitar-work or soloing.
Chad. Don’t miss the drums. He’s got an excellent touch and dynamics and sound quality. And puts alotta details in there. Not boring. Not pedestrian.
Mikey. Someone plugged him in finally and turned up his base (I can hear it!) – and even lets him explore his fretboard. Mikey is part of the song, finally. Satch let’s bass players be bass players in his bands. Listen to the first note and the opener.
So, Bravo! The first rock from old-timers since Velvet Revolver that I really like. Most of the other releases from old-timers have been: Well, boys. Good later day effort. Good to hear from you. Play it a few times, then drift away from it. (That fun Motley Crue last effort The Saints Of Los Angeles was one exception. Still good to spin).
Hell, maybe someone played the first 6 Dave-VH albums for Sammy and explained why they were great – cause they were cool and unforced – had space and air. Now the rest of the album just has to be as natural. They better have controlled his bad habits throughout. I don’t want this to be like U2’s album with “Get On Your Boots” being great and then nothing else on the album sounding even remotely like it. Old bait and switch.
Well, there you go. See, I never was an automatic Hagar-hater. Van Hagar just offended my ears and artistic sensibilities.
Can’t believe they restrained Hagar and made him be cool for once. Actually sounds like a goddamn artist for once. Musta made him look up the word “atmosphere” in the dictionary – cause this song’s got it.
*And now we just need Diamond Dave to undergo the same treatment in the studio. Control, restraint. Bring some pot to the studio, if you need to. Make him relax, too. Cause he had some similar problems on his solo work (after Eat Em And Smile, that is – a great record). For him it was straining for an unnatural high note and those pinched lines and those disharmonies. They were nowhere to be found on the first 6 VH records. Well, they made him concentrate on the singing on the ’07/’08 tour. So, hopefully they will work with a strong producer and put out some shit that’s in the groove.
Like this little new song, “Oh Fuck Yeah”!