The founder and frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan has talked about the major change in rock and metal music with the coming of the synthesizer in the 80s and recalled the revolutionary step Van Halen took using the instrument.
During his recent conversation with Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience, the iconic musician, Maynard James Keenan, has reminisced about the early 80s when the music scene went under a determinant evolution.
While talking about the emergence of the synthesizer, which is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals, Keenan has recalled the first band that introduced this new sound into metal music. Maynard referred to the groundbreaking song of Van Halen, ‘Jump,’ from the band’s sixth studio album, as a huge step that changed the game.
Though the song disturbed the majority of rock and metal music lovers back in the 80s, it was a massive super blockbuster, he implied. He said he remembers people losing their shit saying that Van Halen stepped out of the classic rock line. Keenan explained that some of the die-hard fans were really very adamant about the instrument’s usage in rock and metal genres.
‘Jump,’ which was released in December 1983 as the lead single from Van Halen album ‘1984,’ is the band’s most successful single, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The song differs from earlier Van Halen songs in that it is driven by a keyboard line, played on an Oberheim OB-Xa, although the song does contain a guitar solo, which was spliced together from multiple takes. David Lee Roth dedicated the song to martial artist, Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, of whom he was a student.
Here’s what Maynard James Keenan said about Van Halen song, ‘Jump’:
“I remember living in Boston. We had the classic rock station play. AAF or BCN. I think it might have been BCN. It was a classic rock channel and this is ’87-’88.
I was there and I remember people losing their shit because they tried to play Van Halen on that station. They were like ‘That’s not classic rock, bro!‘ They were really very adamant about it.
Like ‘No, no, no, no Van Halen!’ His hairband, that’s like some kind of glam rock thing. There were Bostonians just getting their panties and a bunch of Van Halen on BCN.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.