Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Fair Warning (About Darth Vader)



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Fair Warning, Van Halen's fourth album. Often characterized as being too dark and moody for your average VH fan. That didn't stop it from peaking at #6 on the Billboard Charts when it came out in 1981. Notable songs include "Mean Street" and "Unchained," the latter of which is built around a riff fierce enough to stun King Kong Bundy. I still have a hard time believing the conversation in the middle of that song was completely spontaneous, but I suppose anything's possible when DLR is on the mike.

As usual, I started the album right after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- A Rebel soldier is seen falling to the ground as David Lee Roth says, "Lord, strike that poor boy down!" in "Mean Street."

- The line "come to your senses" in "Sinner's Swing!" is heard as R2-D2 is watching C-3PO walk away from him on the surface of Tatooine (presumably this is what each robot is thinking of the other).

- The chorus to "So This is Love?" ("so this is love?") is heard as Luke gets up from the table in the Lars home, upset with his Uncle for treating him like a little bitch.


Choose the example that best completes the following sentence:

This experiment was ______________ .

A. less interesting that your average episode of "Evening Shade."
B. more aggravating than the rising cost of gasoline.
C. a mind-numbing, hellish experience I never wish to relive.
D. all of the above.

The correct answer is A.


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