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WARF
02-25-2013, 08:13 PM
I will say this time and time again....

Dirty Movies is the most underated track in Van Halen's entire library of music. Maybe one of my top 5 Van Halen songs ever! I did a search just now to see if there was a thread dedicated to this masterpiece and nothing came back. So let's celebrate this unique gem from Van Halen's tour de force "Fair Warning".

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lesfunk
02-25-2013, 08:18 PM
There, I gave you some hypocrisy back

sandy toes
02-25-2013, 08:34 PM
Dirty Movies has always been among my top 5 Van Halen songs. It has everything. Great vocals/lyrics, guitar riffs, bass, and backing vocals. Dirty Movies has that great down and dirty vibe that only Van Halen could create.

WARF
02-25-2013, 08:38 PM
Dirty Movies has always been among my top 5 Van Halen songs. It has everything. Great vocals/lyrics, guitar riffs, bass, and backing vocals. Dirty Movies has that great down and dirty vibe that only Van Halen could create.

You got that right!

Welcome to the Roth Army! \m/

lesfunk
02-25-2013, 08:42 PM
It simply rips.

WARF
02-25-2013, 08:44 PM
It simply rips.

What about Michael Anthony on "When Push Comes To Shove"?

mh5150
02-25-2013, 09:13 PM
Who's that babe with the fabulous shadow ????

Terry
02-25-2013, 09:15 PM
So obscene. but to me it don't matter...

WARF
02-25-2013, 09:16 PM
Who's that babe with the fabulous shadow ????

oh oh, so obscene but to me it don't matter!!!!

Terry
02-25-2013, 09:22 PM
Wow! Her movies get down like you won't find in my hometown...

sandy toes
02-25-2013, 09:23 PM
Who's that babe with the fabulous shadow ????

Isn't it "upper lip shadow?"

WARF
02-25-2013, 09:25 PM
Wow! Her movies get down like you won't find in my hometown...

They won't believe it, when they see what they're seein.... GO SEE BAY BEE NOW!!!!

Terry
02-25-2013, 09:26 PM
Pictures on the silver screen...greatest thing you ever seen...

WARF
02-25-2013, 09:30 PM
Pictures on the silver screen...greatest thing you ever seen...

Now her name is up in lights....Everything turns out all right....

(Somebody else jump in... I'm not doing this entire song.. ;) )

Terry
02-25-2013, 09:37 PM
Fuck it, I'll go some more:

Daddy's little sweetie after some damn rainbow...

Oh, oh, got the big deal in the back of a limo...

WARF
02-25-2013, 09:38 PM
Fuck it, I'll go some more:

Daddy's little sweetie after some damn rainbow...

Oh, oh, got the big deal in the back of a limo...

Now show biz is so thrilling
The camera rolls, she's willing
(Oh, no!) They won't believe it when they
(Oh, no!) See what they're seein'
Go see baby now-ah!

Hey, you remember when that girl was prom queen? (Oh, wow)
Take it off! Take it all off!
Whooo! Ow! Woo! Aw, yeah!
Woo! Woo! Ow! Yeah!

Pictures on the silver screen
Greatest thing you've ever seen
Now her name is up in lights (Woo!)
Everything turns out all right

Now they believe it
Now that they've seen it
Go see baby now! Ah, ha-ha!

Pictures on the silver screen
Greatest thing you've ever seen
Now her name is up in lights
Everything turns out all right

Lights, camera, action!


Whew.... FINISHED! ;)

mh5150
02-25-2013, 11:24 PM
Wow! Her movies get down like you won't find in my hometown...

Ohhhh noooo

WARF
02-25-2013, 11:26 PM
Ohhhh noooo

Sorry we already finished the song! ;)

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 10:13 AM
Isn't it "upper lip shadow?"

I stand corrected. "Fabulous shadow" it is. I can't believe I have been listening and singing that line incorrectly for 30 years.

ELVIS
02-26-2013, 10:26 AM
Isn't it "upper lip shadow?"

LMAO!

Fab - a - lis shadow...

DLR Bridge
02-26-2013, 11:02 AM
I stand corrected. "Fabulous shadow" it is. I can't believe I have been listening and singing that line incorrectly for 30 years.

I can't make those two sound remotely similar in my head.

WARF
02-26-2013, 11:35 AM
I stand corrected. "Fabulous shadow" it is. I can't believe I have been listening and singing that line incorrectly for 30 years.

I can't believe Dave would have the "hots" for a chick with a mustache!

You learned something new by registering at the Roth Army!

Welcome! ;)

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 11:47 AM
I can't believe Dave would have the "hots" for a chick with a mustache!

You learned something new by registering at the Roth Army!

Welcome! ;)

I always took it to mean that Dave had the hots for a "chick" with DSL. DSL that were so pronounced that they created a shadow.

Headly1984
02-26-2013, 12:16 PM
I think your premise is flawed, with so many considering Fair Warning their favorite CVH album, it is an appreciation of the whole - not just unchained or ? song ..

I do think the lyrics were touching on a then recent trend toward porn and selling of sex on film as a commodity, which was cheesy films in the 70's with few 'stars' and FF to today - with internet filled / overflowing with porn, or g/f pics - even sexting among kids/tweens ..

seems a cautionary tale in hindsight (- cross between Warhol 15 min fame, Zepp's Rock n Roll, (tellin' a friend she gonna be Star), and how does a chick get fame w/o talent,just beauty ? sexploitation )

with outstanding music

Most under rated still seems to be Simple Rhyme - that one has it all - GGB never comes up during mention of 1984 either, the video songs get all the attention

all good stuff imho

Nitro Express
02-26-2013, 12:19 PM
Dirty Movies is one of my favorite VH songs. I love the passion, the sleaze, and the funkiness of it.

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 12:24 PM
GGB never comes up during mention of 1984 either, the video songs get all the attention

all good stuff imho

Don't forget HOP, either. It has one of the two great outros on 1984.

Headly1984
02-26-2013, 12:26 PM
Take it off! - take it.. off !!!

Man, I have used that line many a time when referencing CVH

only die hards know which song your talking about

DLR Bridge
02-26-2013, 12:38 PM
I think your premise is flawed, with so many considering Fair Warning their favorite CVH album, it is an appreciation of the whole - not just unchained or ? song ..

I do think the lyrics were touching on a then recent trend toward porn and selling of sex on film as a commodity, which was cheesy films in the 70's with few 'stars' and FF to today - with internet filled / overflowing with porn, or g/f pics - even sexting among kids/tweens ..

seems a cautionary tale in hindsight (- cross between Warhol 15 min fame, Zepp's Rock n Roll, (tellin' a friend she gonna be Star), and how does a chick get fame w/o talent,just beauty ? sexploitation )

with outstanding music

Well put. You mean Black Dog though.

Roller Girl in Boogie Nights fits the character you're describing.


Unrelated side note: Oldies station playing DLR's California Girls as I write.

WARF
02-26-2013, 03:28 PM
What's everyone's least favorite song on Fair Warning?

Zing!
02-26-2013, 03:36 PM
No such thing. Love it from start to finish. Each track has little nuances I love and never tire of hearing.

WARF
02-26-2013, 03:39 PM
No such thing. Love it from start to finish. Each track has little nuances I love and never tire of hearing.

I have to admit I never play "one foot out the door" that much.

DLR Bridge
02-26-2013, 03:44 PM
I have to admit I never play "one foot out the door" that much.

That song along with House Of Pain from 1984 have outros from hell that I'd love to hear the rest of.

WARF
02-26-2013, 03:53 PM
That song along with House Of Pain from 1984 have outros from hell that I'd love to hear the rest of.

That would be awesome if the outro from "one foot out the door" became a physical song. I love the outro, it's my favorite part!

Zing!
02-26-2013, 03:58 PM
I have to admit I never play "one foot out the door" that much.

Naturally I fucking BLAST that track. So bad ass and just about to go off the rails, VH at their finest and one of the best ends to an album ever. An underrated classic that delivers in a perfectly drunken swaggering way, in so short of a running time, what so many imitators could not accomplish in an entire album, I SAY!

WARF
02-26-2013, 04:16 PM
Naturally I fucking BLAST that track. So bad ass and just about to go off the rails, VH at their finest and one of the best ends to an album ever. An underrated classic that delivers in a perfectly drunken swaggering way, in so short of a running time, what so many imitators could not accomplish in an entire album, I SAY!

I love the song, don't get me wrong. But if I had to pick a least favorite song on fair warning that would be my selection. With that being said "one foot" is still better than anything Sammy Hagar ever did with Van Halen.

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 05:09 PM
Least favorite on Fair Warning would be "Sinners Swing." I do like the song. It has good lyrics, great solo, etc. But it is the only song I may occasionally skip over on FW.

WARF
02-26-2013, 05:12 PM
Least favorite on Fair Warning would be "Sinners Swing." I do like the song. It has good lyrics, great solo, etc. But it is the only song I may occasionally skip over on FW.

I love "Sinner's Swing!" I don't think I have ever skipped over that song.

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 05:23 PM
I love "Sinner's Swing!" I don't think I have ever skipped over that song.

Believe me. It is a rare skip. It may only be when I have my sons in the car (4 and 7 yrs.).

VetteLS5
02-26-2013, 05:32 PM
What kind of girls have you been dating?:)

sandy toes
02-26-2013, 05:56 PM
What kind of girls have you been dating?:)

Well played, sir.

thismusicsux
03-26-2013, 03:14 AM
I love "Sinner's Swing!" I don't think I have ever skipped over that song.

Ah yes... Dirty Movies i usually say is my top VH song. But always a hard call.
And never skip Sinners Swing! but understandable when kids in the car. Think it's only the 1 or 2 times Dave ever swore in VH song.