Want to feel old this morning?
Van Halen’s “Jump” was the #1 song in the country twenty years ago this week.
Might as well jump, indeed…
Heh, I am now caught up in the memories of my senior year in high school, thanks to this post.
And that was the new-fangled VH, with keyboards. Some of us were reactionary about this new style.
Will Collier informs us that Van Halen’s “Jump” was the #1 song in the country twenty years ago this week. He even provides a link…
That would also be the “jump the shark” moment for VH. Keyboards? Bah!
Good God. I’m really that old.
Minor Threat broke up over 20 years ago. Now they put their teeth in a glass at night and get nagged by their decrepit wives to take stool softeners.
6th grade was so much fun.
Van Halen? Harrumph! derivative garage band whippersnappers. And Black Oak, Arkansas did D.L.Roth, better than Roth, and first.
You’re all a bunch of whippersnappers! How many of you remember King Crimson and/or Papa John Creche with Hot Tuna? Now THATS old! Hell! I still have fond memories of grooving to Iron Butterfly’s In-Da-God-a-Da-Vee-Da!
Music of the Aged
Stephen Green is trying to make some of feel old. It sort of goes along with the fact that a police officer I saw on the way in to work today looked too young to drive, let alone old enough…
Surely you mean “In The Garden of Eden” by I. Ron Butterfly.
“Wait a minute…this sounds like rock and/or roll!”
Ah–back when MTV actually played music videos…
Thanks, Deft. As if Stephen didn’t make me feel old enough already, now I’m having Hot Tuna flashbacks.
I remember thinking that for rock this was really wimpy. Not a patch on The Clash, who I’d seen at the Brixton Academy not too long before. (My word, they were LOUD)
Deft-N-Dom: As for Hot Tuna and King Crimson; wasn’t paying attention to the earliest stages, but I remember getting Americas Choice (now how did Serpent of Dreams go again?) and In the Wake of Poseidon in the mid 70′s.
The Classic Rock station in Boston played this last night during a ‘Cheesy Keyboard Classics’ set. Seriously. I also remember this as the ‘new’ Van Halen.
(Once saw Hagar on a double bill with ZZ Top before he joined up — LOUD.)
I remember this video being in constant rotation on MTV, before the band was “Van Hagared.” Ah, the good old days of Diamond Dave–and Eddie’s hunt-and-peck keyboard technique.
Damn it, now I wish I had an MP3 of that song…those fat Yamaha FM synth chords really help define it, along with, of course, the ineffable Eddie on guitar…
Maybe I’ll load up “Humans Being” (from the Twister soundtrack) as a substitute.
Although I don’t necessarily prefer it, when I see the title to the song “Jump” I ‘hear’ the Aztec Camera version of it in my mind…
Chrees, same here. In fact, I think I’ll make that version available for download on my site tonight.
I was really hoping to put off that mid-life crisis for at least another 10 years. You’ve sped that up now. I appreciate it. I prefer my ignorance blissful thank you very much.
That’s nothing! I remember when the Beatles broke up.
Jump! by Van Halen, huh…
I distinctly remember either teething, learning to walk or talk with that playing in the background.
Hell, Patti: I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s show. I still recall the buzz in my fourth grade classroom, the next morning.
As for Van Halen: I was happy when they ditched the bimbo and brought Sammy into the band. That’s when it really started happening, for me.
Well, I felt old when I first read this post. Then all the really old farts started commenting about the Beatles, etc.
I feel better now, thanks.
The Clash? Come on! Imposters and Immitators!
Van Halen with Keyboards . . . SUXXXX!
I was in love with the Van Halen of VH1, VH2, Fair Warning, Diver Down and Women and Children. Who can forget Mean Street from Fair Warning? What the hell happened to this band?
Now THIS is Van Halen:
Copy this link into your browser to see what I mean!
of course, I can remember Studebakers…
…as new cars…
anyone who thinks the ’80s are cool and retro should be forced the watch the ‘Jump’ video…
Vodka Pundit: “ONE OF THE BEST BLOGS” My personal humble opinion——And by the way kids, my first concert I saw in Person was “Roy Orbison” 1960-Cincinnati Music Hall. What a great show!
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