Saturday, July 29, 2006

Number 997 - David Lee Roth


Number 997

David Lee Roth

"Just a Gigolo"

(1985)
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Genre:Pop/Rock

Crazy from the Heat is the debut EP by David Lee Roth, released in 1985. It was released while Roth was still a member of Van Halen. All four songs on the EP are cover versions, with Roth's version of the Beach Boys hit "California Girls" peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for the song was banned from some television stations, deemed offensive.
When does a singer get bigger than the band?
Well not in this case right?
Who knows, i think Roth needed Halen as much as Halen needed Roth.
Now i guess the band will just end up in a reality show to find a new lead singer, whilst
Roth watches on the telly swigging beer and lamenting maybes. (What do you know, i hear they are reforming for late 2007! Even Sammy Hagar is Amped! ~ Crowbarred ~Mar 07)
Roth writes of a time when he found brown M&Ms in a bowl and subsequently had a fit. In the press, he was accused of causing US$85,000 worth of damage to the arena. Most of the monetary damages were due to Van Halen's staging sinking through the floor. Roth writes, "they didn't bother to look at the weight requirements or anything, and this sank through their new flooring and did eighty-thousand dollars worth of damage to the arena floor. The whole thing had to be replaced. It came out in the press that I discovered brown M&M's and did eighty-five thousand dollars' worth of damage to the backstage area. Well, who am I to get in the way of a good rumor?"
For Beach Boys see Number 714 & Number 641
For Van Halen see Number 822 & Number 617
What does Rolling Stone think of Lee Roth?
Yes, it's rock & roll's own King of Burlesque in his first solo stint, taking a crack at four old tunes and having a grand old time. His EP Crazy from the Heat won't have people begging DLR to drop out of Van Halen, but it is an appealing showcase for his raffish charm and wit. A case in point is Roth's "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" vocal, an Anthony Newley-does-Satchmo howler, which is beautifully set off against the track's punchy walking bass. Dave seems unusually thoughtful on the Lovin' Spoonful's "Coconut Grove" – and his voice sounds eerily similar to John Sebastian's – but the mood doesn't seem to suit him. Better is the brassy strut of Dan Hartman's "Easy Street" (as uninhibited as if he were singing in the shower) and his wildly enthusiastic version of "California Girls." From the way he pronounces bikini ("BUH-keenee") to his yelps of delight during the chorus, one gets the feeling that this is a subject in which David Lee Roth is especially expert. ~[Source: Rolling Stone 1985 - RS 442]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Nope, doesn't even know its out yet)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 39.7 out of 108 pts

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2 Comments:

Blogger Withnail said...

So, even though this is a "definitive" list, no one bothered to realize that this is actually a cover of the Louis Prima song, which came out in the early 60's?

8:43 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

No, not even i knew that but

"it featured many of his best-known latter-day songs, including the "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" medley, "Jump, Jive an' Wail," "Buona Sera," "Oh Marie," and the jive-talking duet "The Lip." [edit] http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/music/artist/bio/0,,481307,00.html#bio

what happens if the cover is better than the original?

9:07 pm  

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