2/10/78 ‘Van Halen’ Released to Negative Reviews!

2/10/78 ‘Van Halen’ Released to Negative Reviews! 

Posted: 8:00 am Friday, February 10th, 2017

By Donna Donna

Did you know that Van Halen’s landmark debut ‘Van Halen’ was recorded in only 3 weeks and was recorded mostly live!  Only 3 songs, “Runnin’ with the Devil”, “Jamie’s Cryin'” and “Ice Cream Man” contain guitar overdubs.

Robert Christgau, known as the Dean of music critics, panned the record while Rolling Stone said,  “In three years, Van Halen is going to be fat and self-indulgent and disgusting … follow[ing] Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin right into the toilet. In the meantime, they are likely to be a big deal.”

Rolling Stone was right about one thing, Van Halen became one of the biggest deals of them all!