Thursday, March 09, 2006

Vader Down



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Diver Down by Van Halen. Released in 1982, this is easily the least popular Roth-era album. Loaded with bizarre covers, including "Dancing in the Street," "(Oh) Pretty Woman," the vaudeville staple "Big Bad Bill," and an acapella version of "Happy Trails." The story is VH had to throw this one together real quick-like after "(Oh) Pretty Woman," a single they recorded as a lark, unexpectedly became a number one hit. Don't you hate it when that happens? Still, it sold pretty well (the sucker went platinum four times), proving people would pay money to hear Van Halen sing just about anything.

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


- "Secrets" begins as Princess Leia lies to Darth Vader about being on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.

- The line "sometimes you've got to run" is heard in "Secrets" as we see R2-D2 going in a different direction on the surface of Tatooine.

- The line "I need you tonight" in "(Oh) Pretty Woman" is heard as we see C-3PO rejoicing over being reunited with R2-D2 aboard the sandcrawler.

- Luke is staring at Princess Leia's hologram as we hear the line "Senorita, do you need a friend? I'm in love with you!" in "Little Guitars."

- The lyric "on the go" is heard in "The Full Bug" as we see the Tusken Raiders running away from Luke's landspeeder.


Oh, that was Van Horrible. What a Van Headache! I'd go on, but I need to hop in my Van Honda and drive to the Van Hospital. I've got Van Hepatitis C.


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