Van Halen - Van Halen III
NME.COM feature on Van Halen - Van Halen III album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 17 March 1998
Goofball guitars and innuendo all the way
A lot of the songs on the first album in 28 years from the classic Van Halen line-up (with Dave Lee Roth singing) are based on demos they made in the ’70s. Good idea: the last thing you want from these eternal adolescents is their take – musically or lyrically –- on the modern world. So it’s goofball guitars and innuendo all the way. One song is called ‘She’s The Woman’ and...
- Feb 10, 2012
Tracklisting click track to read more
- Without You
- One I Want
- From Afar
- Dirty Water Dog
- Fire in the Hole
- Year to the Day
- Ballot or the Bullet
- How Many Say I
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Van Halen - Van Halen III: Wikipedia Album Entry
Van Halen III is the eleventh studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1998. It is the only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on lead vocals, and is commonly said to be Van Halen's most unpopular album; no songs from it are featured on The Best of Both Worlds, the band's 2004 greatest hits compilation, and the album itself is not even listed on the band's discography.
The album's only significant radio hit was "Without You", which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the March 7, 1998 issue of Billboard, and remained at #1 for six weeks. Other songs receiving airplay on rock radio were "Fire in the Hole" and "One I Want". The album's final song, "How Many Say I", was an unusual acoustic piano ballad featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen (mostly) on lead vocals with Gary Cherone doing vocals with him at the chorus. Year To The Day is also featured. This is the longest Van Halen studio track, at 8 minutes and 42 seconds. Also, one particular song, "That's Why I Love You", from the VH3 sessions, was leaked to the public before the album went on sale, but the band's deeper appreciation for another song ("Josephina", named after Gary's mother) caused it to replace the former on the lineup and supposedly was the reason why the album release was postponed three more weeks. This album also contributed the song "Fire in the Hole" to the Lethal Weapon 4 movie soundtrack.
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Hey you, wake up, get yourself together
Yeah you, so you think you made it better
'Cause you know it's coming at you
In a word to the wisdom tooth
To tell, or not, the truth, yeah
So open up and say, "Ahh", men
Well, rinse cup, and spit again
Give me liberty or give me death
No truer words have ever been said
Well, are you prepared for your very last breath?
Don't you dare start which you cannot finish
No candidate would I support
His platform could I endorse
Another accomplice slingin' dirt
Campaign promises fallin' short
Are you ever so silent, when she wanted to talk?
Or couldn't keep quiet, when she needed a hug
Come on too strong, when a little's too much
Josephina, there's so much I want to know
I've known you for all of mine but not all of yours
You're not a stranger, no, nothing could be further
I look back and I wonder, what you were like, long before?
I woke up to yet another day
Grown to expect, expect more of the same
Except for, for a subtle change
And that is, I'm slowly fading away
If I cannot see you from afar
Look into your eyes, that hint of depth
Poorman, he just want a little
Richman, wanna little bit more
Superman, he looking for Lois
Salesman, try to sell you his soul
Once embraced, can't ever be let go
Once revealed, can't ever be not shown
Once believed, can't ever lose faith
Once shared, can't ever be separate