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December 14, 2011 7:31 AM   Subscribe

Ye olde rock and roll time machine: recently found photos of a Van Halen in-store appearance from 1978.
posted by mintcake! (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
Out of everything I'm most impressed by the Schlitz pounds. With pull tabs!
posted by dirtdirt at 7:36 AM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Say what you want, but that debut album is fantastic.
posted by davebush at 7:37 AM on December 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


Those are some hip, hip, hip ladies, man.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:40 AM on December 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


I love these pictures. Those are some tight pants on pretty much everyone. Really enjoy looking at candid snapshots especially of the 70's which was a time when I was sort of aware of what was going on, but not fully.
posted by josher71 at 7:41 AM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


On top of the pictures being awesome, I love that the site's tagline is "your source for Van Halen news."
posted by COBRA! at 7:43 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


David Lee Roth looks clearly more drunk/stoned than the rest of the band. Also, love the wood paneling everywhere.
posted by mathowie at 7:44 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by gman at 7:44 AM on December 14, 2011 [8 favorites]




that debut album is fantastic

Completely fresh and exciting, sounded like nothing else at the time.

Perfect illustration of the fpp from the other day about the stasis of current pop culture. Only ten years separates Van Halen's debut from the Beatles, Cream, and Beggars Banquet.

Ten years back from 2012 -- Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Eminem.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:51 AM on December 14, 2011


Know what I miss most about record stores? Hanging plants.
posted by davebush at 7:56 AM on December 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


I wish all rock musicians looked as happy, at least part of the time, as Eddie Van Halen looks all the time. I know there's supposed to be a lot of attitude in rock music, but it's also supposed to be fun, and it's refreshing to see someone like Eddie who always looks like he's having a great time being awesome.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:04 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


None of these pictures answers the question of whether or not they ever saw junior's grades.
posted by dr_dank at 8:08 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


She wins.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:08 AM on December 14, 2011


Amazing post - and the comments on vhnd are perfect! Oh for the days of seeing Foghat displays hanging overhead (but I don't recall anyone hanging around The House of Guitars looking quite like these ladies).
posted by TomSophieIvy at 8:09 AM on December 14, 2011


The hair, oh, the hair!

Also, the hair!
posted by tommasz at 8:25 AM on December 14, 2011


I really hope the Internet never stops presenting me with things I didn't know I desperately needed to see until I saw them.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:32 AM on December 14, 2011 [9 favorites]


"I brought my pencil! Gimme somethin' to write on, man!"
posted by stenseng at 8:42 AM on December 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


So the blond dude in the denim shirt in the seventh picture down (next to the cutie in overalls getting groped by Eddie) ... is me.

(just kidding)


(sort of)
posted by zomg at 8:45 AM on December 14, 2011


stupidsexyFlanders: “Perfect illustration of the fpp from the other day about the stasis of current pop culture. Only ten years separates Van Halen's debut from the Beatles, Cream, and Beggars Banquet. Ten years back from 2012 -- Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Eminem.”

Ten years back from 2012: Meshuggah's Nothing, Outkast's Speakerboxxx / The Love Below, Sage Francis' Personal Journals, Queens Of The Stone Age's Songs For The Deaf, and GZA's Legend Of A Liquid Sword. Come on, now.
posted by koeselitz at 8:52 AM on December 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wouldn't have thought that photos of Van Halen (even at this early stage) were a rare thing that had to be "found".
posted by straight at 9:01 AM on December 14, 2011


Yes, so I was there (well not right there, but there, man) and I totally forgot that straight guys used to wear high heels!! They did!
posted by thinkpiece at 9:23 AM on December 14, 2011


Julie!!
Do it All
with the
Big V
Edward
Van Halen

Awesome.
posted by ChuqD at 9:38 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wish all rock musicians looked as happy, at least part of the time, as Eddie Van Halen looks all the time.

On the one hand, yeah, I totally agree. Rock music should smile. On the other hand, Eddie Van Halen is an effing train wreck and I wouldn't wish his particular flavor of misery on anyone, smile or not.
posted by The World Famous at 9:40 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


These were my high school days. It seems like a long time ago. Before irony. Before liking/disliking something became a stand in for your personality.

Looking back, it felt so good to just be a fan.
posted by nickjadlowe at 10:10 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Before liking/disliking something became a stand in for your personality.

What? The rockers hated the disco guys hated the punks hated the new wavers hated the new romantics hated the etc. I had a D.R.E.A.D. card, for crying out loud.
posted by The World Famous at 10:16 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Alex: "Ed, should we wear sunglasses in the store?"
Ed: "Totally. No, wait."
posted by davebush at 10:29 AM on December 14, 2011


I always secretly thought that Andre the Giant was Alex Van Halen with a little special f/x.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:12 AM on December 14, 2011


Always nice to see some pre-spandex Diamond Dave.
posted by sklero at 12:20 PM on December 14, 2011


I can't stop looking at that first photo. I'm just slightly too young for this (those would have been the feathered bangs and tight pants of my friends' older sisters. And brothers too, for that matter.) but I think just went through puberty again looking at David Lee Roth with his open shirt, gold chain, hooded sexy eyes and glorious, glorious mane.
posted by marylynn at 3:38 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Boner achieved.
posted by bardic at 7:18 PM on December 14, 2011


Sometimes, I really miss those days. First saw them in concert in 1979. I was in 8th grade. Saw them a couple of more times after that. At the time, they really were a different sound. And you know what? They were just fun.

And while I'm here, where the fuck is the sexy? Today "erotic" substitutes for sexy. Bring back the sexy!

And where's the hair? Bring back huge afros with pics in them, large curly brown manes, and blonde hair down to the ass. That's right bitch, hair is sexy!

And don't you think pot is way too expensive? I haven't smoked in a long time, but jesus christ, are you kidding? Bring back 17.50 half bag, 35 bag, and 110 for a quarter pound. Legalize pot. Who would you rather be on the road with, a drunk or a stoner? I rest my case.

And this is neither here nor there, but why do pictures of Jesus always make him look like the biggest pansy in Palestine?

And cigarettes are over 5 dollars a pack? In 1981 I could buy a pack of marlboro reds for 60 cents and they wouldn't of dreamed of carding me. There's no national health care plan, so what the fuck do you care if I smoke?

And... And... And..

And, as my great grandfather used to say, "Get the hell off my grass. Go play in the street." Fuck, he was mean.
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks at 11:13 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is one of those great moments for me when I can forget the mortgage, the lower back pain/crows feet/bunions, and the PTA crap, and just remember the good old rockin' times of my youth... When I had feathered hair (I believe they were called "wings"), high-waisted bell bottom jeans and was able to smoke a cig in a record store.
posted by sundrop at 4:58 PM on December 15, 2011


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