David Lee Roth, Crazy From The Heat [EP] (1985)
When “Diamond Dave” released this he was still a member of Van Halen – though not for very much longer. This EP was basically his resignation letter. He’d blown the world apart with that band and reconfigured heavy metal – and now he was off to be a silly/wonderful pop star. The motor-mouth of charisma and madness was a forced-natural. And here he was dining out on himself as he devoured camp, colourful, awful, brilliant covers of Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody and California Girls; both playing for Diamond Dave and his audience because of the sheer force of his personality – and for the videos as much as anything. I loved these songs as a kid. I was surely already a Van Halen fan – at least on some level – but I do know that it was David Lee Roth that sold the band to me, first time around. And I wouldn’t be alone in that experience. His early solo albums have a lot to recommend them – wise songs choices, great players. And just the largeness of Diamond Dave. He’s a mad genius of a sort. I’m sure of that. This EP wasn’t just his letter of resignation – he was already flaunting his business card from his new job!
Sample Track: Coconut Grove
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