During a recent interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, author of ‘Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal,’ Greg Renoff, revealed the real reason of why Van Halen managed to succeed in the whole world.
While the metal community criticized the iconic song of Van Halen, ‘Jump’ for years, this was one of the legendary songs that actually brought Van Halen where they are right now.
In the conversation, Greg stated that the manager of the band didn’t like ‘Jump’ and the sounds of it, but Eddie forced them to do this song because it is what he wanted to do.
Even though the harsh criticism hit the song, Eddie followed his heart and knew that this was actually a great song, which led the album to become one of the best albums of the band. In this way, we can see that the vision Eddie was one of the key reasons for Van Halen’s success.
“Ted starts talking about ‘Jump,’ and he’s critical, he doesn’t like the song, he didn’t like the way it was put together, and he even says, ‘I don’t really like that album.’ Talk to me about ‘Jump’ in the band’s history, how significant was it in them being able to move forward?”
Here is what Greg Renoff said:
“The entire story of the ‘1984’ album was that it was clearly a clash between Ted’s vision and David Lee Roth’s vision of what they thought Van Halen music sounded like and what Ed’s vision was.
So the idea for ‘Jump,’ from what I understand, was kicking around for some years. Ted didn’t specifically remember that it dated back to, but maybe as far as ‘Fair Warning’ or a little bit after ‘Fair Warning.’
But it really got put on the table and left on the table during the beginning of the ‘1984’ pre-production sessions, where basically Dave and Ted heard it, weren’t crazy about it, but Ed just kept doubling down.
As far as Ted recalls, it’s just basically saying, ‘I like this, this is what I want to do,’ and carried it through and carried it to the album process to No. 1.”
“I think you’re getting to the transition point where – I always try to observe the people, there had been probably more keyboards on earlier Van Halen albums than people even realized.
Ted’s not gonna argue about the success – anybody. That was a recording that was wildly successful and probably, I think it actually built more of a Van Halen fan base through ‘Jump,’ and any fans who jumped off the Van Halen bandwagon, so to speak, when they heard ‘Jump’ and were turned off by that sound when it hit the radio.”
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