Remember That FIRST Time…?

first time

Ha – that looks like a caricature of me back in the day.

That album was such a ground breaking slab of vinyl; it’s still one of my favorites.

Released 36 years ago!


Useless Fun Facts:


  • The cover photos for Van Halen were taken at the Whisky a Go Go, a Los Angeles club at which Van Halen often performed during the mid-1970s.


  • The guitar pictured on the cover of the album is Eddie Van Halen’s famous Frankenstrat Guitar, a Fender prototype replica of which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Assembled by Eddie in his parents’ garage, the “Frankenstrat” features a neck purchased from Boogie Bodies and a Stratocaster style body custom made by Wayne Charvel in California


  • Soon after its February 1978 release, Van Halen became regarded by fans and critics as one of rock and roll’s greatest debut albums; however, its initial critical reception was mostly negative.


Track listing [vinyl]


Side A

1. “Runnin’ with the Devil” 3:36

2. “Eruption” (instrumental) 1:43

3. “You Really Got Me” (Ray Davies) 2:38

4. “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love” 3:50

5. “I’m the One” 3:47


Side B

1. “Jamie’s Cryin'” 3:31

2. “Atomic Punk” 3:02

3. “Feel Your Love Tonight” 3:43

4. “Little Dreamer” 3:23

5. “Ice Cream Man” (John Brim) 3:20

6. “On Fire”


*Tell us about your first time listening to Van Halen or any personal experiences…