Monday, March 06, 2006

Runnin' with the Jawas



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Van Halen's eponymous 1978 debut. Proved heavy metal didn't always have to be dark and brooding. Why, heck, sometimes it could be pretty darn upbeat! Throw in some boogie woogie rhythms, some delirious finger-tapping, a few girlish shrieks - hot dog, Mister, that sounds like a good time! Established the Halens as the ultimate party band and their guitarist Eddie as a supreme axe god of the highest order. I still worship nightly at the altar of EVH, lighting incense and reciting passages in Latin beneath a giant stained glass rendering of He Who Uses Fulcrum Vibrato.

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


- The door on the Tantive IV bursts into flames at the same exact moment "Eruption" starts.

- Darth Vader makes his entrance during that really intense part towards the end of "Eruption."

- The lyric "girl, you really got me now" is heard in "You Really Got Me" as we see the captured Rebel troops being lead away.

- The lyric "girl, you really got me now" is heard again as we see the guy being choked by Vader.

- The lyric "girl, you really got me now" is heard yet again as Princess Leia shoots the Stromtrooper who says, "there she is - over there!"

- We see Leia being lead to Darth Vader by the Stromtroopers as the line "you got me so I don't know where I'm going" is heard in "You Really Got Me."

- The line "I've got something you need" is heard in "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" as the one Imperial guy informs Vader of the escape pod that was jettisoned.

- C-3PO kicks R2-D2 on the surface of Tatooine when we hear the line "I lost a lotta friends out there, baby" in "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love."

- David Lee Roth screams in the beginning of "I'm the One" at the same time R2-D2 is short-circuiting after being shot by the Jawas (it looks like Artoo is screaming in pain).

- One of the choruses in "Jamie's Crying" ("whoa, oh, oh, Jamie's crying") is heard as Luke delivers his infamous complaint about going to the Toschi Station.

- The phrase "headed for the skies" is heard in "Little Dreamer" as the camera is on Luke (who is, in fact, headed for the skies - or space, if you want to nitpick).

- "Ice Cream Man" starts at around the same time Obi-Wan Kenobi shows up.


Another one that started off strong but then kind of petered out near the middle. I was hoping some part of "On Fire" would be playing when Luke rolled up to find Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru burnt to a crisp; alas, Van Halen is only thirty-five minutes long, which only gets us to the part where Obi-Wan and Luke are watching Leia's hologram together.


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