Monday, October 11, 2010

DLR Day

Happy Birthday, David Lee Roth!!  And sorry this post is a day late, and many dollars short.  :[

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If my calculations are correct, Diamond Dave is now 56 years old. GULP.

For those of you that are young and have no idea who David Lee Roth is, he fronted the band Van Halen way back when (pretty much the late 70's up to the mid 80's). 

I think that I was about thirteen years old when I discovered Van Halen. I was obsessed with them. I grew up in a super repressed/religious household (my Dad was a preacher), and I think Van Halen represented the exact opposite of everything I had in my life. They were loud, fun, flamboyant, excessive, and pretty much out for a good time. As a teenager, I felt smothered by religion (being forced to attend church three times a week, plus youth group, plus bible studies, plus bible camp), and I longed for an escape. Music in general, and Van Halen in particular, offered that escape.

My parents were not keen on my fascination with Van Halen.  SHOCKER.  One day I got home from school, and my Dad asked me and my siblings to sit down at the kitchen table.  He had a cassette tape player set up.  We sat down and looked at it, and then looked at my Dad.  He pulled out  my Van Halen cassette, put it in the tape player, and we all had to sit and listen to the song Running with the Devil while my Dad stared at us all in a silent rage.  GAH!  The horror!  I can't remember what he said, or what I said, but it was bad.  My little sister told my Dad the song was about running FROM the devil, and she thinks that he bought that explanation.  Sort of.  EEEEE!  [Note: If you are trying to imagine my childhood, think of the movie Carrie, or Footloose, and add in a healthy dose of the book The Poisonwood Bible. Ugh.] 

Van Halen's good years are loooooooooooong gone, but I still smile when I hear their old stuff on the radio.

Anywho, were you obsessed with any particular band as a teenager?



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36 comments:

Kris said...

So fabulous. I love Van Halen!!

Raina Cox said...

Oh man, he was (past tense) sex on a stick.

I was obsessed with Prince. Weirdly enough, my uber-uptight mother allowed the Prince-wearing-a-Speedo-in-a-shower poster to stay up as long as it hung (!!!) on the back of my door.

Caroline said...

I Looooooooooooove that first photo! OK...running with the devil...what a great song! Especially the beginning guitar intro! ROCK ON! Girl, we need to meet for drinks some day and discuss our love for 80's music ;)

Ebony said...

I grew up in a fairly religious home,(Prayer meeing on Monday, Bible study on Wednesday, choir practice on Saturday, and church on Sunday) but luckily, I turned out ok, although my mom is horrified that I told her a story about a thumb in someone's butt while waiting in line at the grocery store. It did some good though. I never went wild, I always say inappropriate things, I live from a humanistic perspective, I pray a lot for guidance, and really really hope God has a sense of humor.

Anywhoo ... in honor of the bday boy, I will pad the front of my tights with socks so I too can show the world my balls.

http://xoxoebony.blogspot.com

bananas. said...

wait...you went to church 3x a week. gah! that is my nightmare!!! you poor poor child.

thank god for van halen and dave lee roth's pants. i know dad didn't approve but i think your obsession was validated.

Dancing Branflake said...

You would so be a DLR girl! Love this post! And now I know a little more about you.

girlunwinding said...

I was almost 20 years too late but in my 80's high school daze I was totally gone for the Doors. In particular jim Morrison. I loved poetry and thought he was the master. Not to mention just fucking hot. How twisted was I to be holding a torch for a dead man. Wow.
I also found DLR hot, too. That hair and his wild man antics. It is sad when they fall so hard in their golden years. O well. I remember when ;-)
~Dawn

Missy said...

He doesn't look as good to me as he did back when...

SabinePsynopsis said...

Anyone or anything that represents freedom for you is sacred (excuse the religious expression) FOREVER! It doesn't matter if they/he/it ages, dies, becomes a bad musician or gets a hairy butt.

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

i'm just so glad you've escaped....

and van halen with dlr is the only van halen (imho).

Lorena said...

DLR looks like a hairy chick.
I got to say that I was not a fan.
Know they were huge but I was probably listening to polka or whatever.

diane said...

I always thought he was so hot when he was with Van Halen. But in reality I think he's kind of stupid.
My childhood of having things forbidden for being immoral is similar to yours. I truly loved my parents, but I hated how they worried about stuff that really didn't matter in the long run.

Moonlight Serenade said...

best rock voice EVER! hands down.

Isabel said...

im not going to lie...ive never heard a van halen song

Susan Erickson said...

I was a teenager in the 60's and 70's and the music of those days triggered a revolution....we rocked! I have never listened to Van Halen before and enjoyed that clip a lot. I can see the obsession. All that religion must have been truly painful....my sympathy on that one....glad you escaped....

Char said...

((hugs)) i was obsessed with pat benetar and my brother was all into van halen.

dave was rather a cool but weird character. i was always about eddie.

Felicia said...

My parents took away my Mo' Money soundtrack and 2Pac TAPES from me when I was younger. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That is hilarious that your dad made you listen to it though!

Have you ever heard The Bird and the Bee's song "Diamond Dave?" And I also assume you hate Sammy Hagar? HAHAHA!

WendyB said...

I have a DLR story for ya: http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2009/06/balmain-for-eight-crazy-nights/

wallycrawler said...

I wasn't in'ta da "Hair Bands" of da 80's. I was a punker.

I did see Van Halen at a Canada Day concert. I remember bang'n some teased up doll next to da beer tent and then head'n to da strip bar. So I guess they were OK?

David Weave wasn't my style. I really didn't like midget rock!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Just wow and your childhood story just whoa! Hmm my earliest memories of music were NKOTB and Janet Jackson. Oh the 90s!

blueviolet said...

I never shared your Van Halen love, but I am afraid I may have liked such crap as The BeeGees and so forth. Wrong, I know.

Katie said...

this is awesome. my dad totally used to play van halen all the time when he got ready for work and when he'd drop me off for school in his blue corvette. :)

bravegrrl said...

i still am obsessed with zeppelin....

and dang these pictures are all kinds of wrong, haha!

Alisa said...

I loved Van Halen, and still do when I hear them on the radio! But Pink Floyd was my band obsession!

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

i get so 90's metal these days too. now i suppose this must be something "in"?

i'll go diggin pink floyd too!

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

SHOP

Kristine said...

I wasn't a Van Halen fan but my boyfriend who would make me mixed tapes would always sneak a Van Halen song on right in the middle so that it was hard to fast forward through it.I loved The Smiths because I liked to pretend I was angst ridden.
Your childhood sounds like a nightmare, although I am sure that is part of what has made you so hilarious now. whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger and funnier.

creative kerfuffle said...

1984. i saw them at a monster's of rock concert. i was naive to heavy metal then. it was my first big concert. i was a sophomore in high school. i was APPALLED at how much all the other bands were cussing--dokken, dio, ozzy...etc. i whispered to my boyfriend (who's now the hubs) david lee roth won't cuss like that. and low and behold...he sauntered out on stage and said---how the fuck are you??? i almost peed my pants.

SweetBonita said...

i have been attending this new non-denominational church.

my very super catholic parents asked what "type" of book did we read from and when i asked my mom to clarify and she asked did we read from an actual Bible...

...i told her we read from the book of the devil.

Vivienne said...

56? No. Although if you've seen pix lately, he looks 76.

chloe said...

i LOVE that first pic!
i went through all kinds of music phases in my teens: 80s rock, grunge, britpop, punk, electro-rave.. i was in love with dexter holland from the offspring and his crazy braids, lol. and then liam gallagher from oasis. and then liam howlett from the prodigy.. but my big love was axl rose of the early 90s, SO HOT!
and then he went and got old and fat, ts ts...

tulpen said...

I was in love with Van Halen the minute I heard the song "Jump". I was in 5th or 6th grade.

I thought DLR was so hot.

I soon moved on to U2, who I was obsessed with throughout high school.

Bono is still hot.

DLR? Notsomuch.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I remember him flipping up his leg in those videos and shaking that thin long hair. Just awesome.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

am a late bloomer. we're the same age but i knew much less when i was 13 years old, about everything from music to movies. but i remember those i came across, somehow. i love Van Halen's Jump. i love the movie Footloose and Kenny Loggins and Kevin Bacon (yes, i get the repression in your childhood and in the movie). i'll know the songs when they're played but i never found out who they were and the song titles. i go by memory. i may not love certain genres like heavy metal but if the number's linked to my past, i won't not love it. for example, Scorpion is really tacky but if i hear their Still Loving You, you betcha i'd give it my full attention and relish it till the end :)

vint junky said...

I was obsessed with all the old glam rockers, G'n'R, Janes Addiction, Aerosmith...i kinda still am!

Heff said...

The original line-up of Van Halen will go down in history as one of the best rock bands of all time.

Cocaine Princess said...

I would have to agree with Heff's comment.

I LOVE VAN HALEN!!! I'm more of on Team Hagar than I am Diamond Dave but he like Sammy busted out some g8 tracks with Van Halen.

I do believe Dave is the only guy that can get away with wearing neon spandex pants!

That's an awesome video you posted!!

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