Second Spin: Sammy Hagar, Three Lock Box



Artist: Sammy Hagar

Album: Three Lock Box

From: Vintage Vinyl

Year: 1982

Label: Geffen Records

What it sounds like: The exhaust pipe of a white trash Ferrari

Best Track: "Remote Love." It's a power ballad--that loveable eighties rock invention designed for slow both dancing and head banging--and it's got all the clumsy sexual innuendo you'd expect from a man who has his own brand of Tequila.

Check the lyrics: "Last night I almost lost reception/but my antennae made connection."

Basically it sounds like "More Than a Feelin'" with some random synth chirps and a more douchey guitar solo.

Worst Track: "Remember the Heroes." This is the same kind of schlock that Kid Rock is making today: trite, clichéd and hackneyed butt-rock odes to War.

This song is like Phil Collins crossed with Journey, with lyrics like "Fight for wrong to prove what's right/remember the heroes/who fight for the right to choose" and this most telling line: "Face the facts and don't ask why/it's something to believe in."

I'm all for supporting the troops-- they deserve the support of the American people. They also deserve decent music.


Who you can thank for the amazing cover art: Art Direction: Richard Siereeni.

The Facts:  

-Hagar is nicknamed "The Red Rocker"

-He is the cousin of Christian rock musician Ken Tamplin

-His first band was called Montrose, but Wikipedia reports he was in acts called Skinny, Justice Brothers, Dustcloud, Cotton, Jimmy, and--my personal favorite--Manhole.

-He produced four multi-platinum hits as the replacement singer of Van Halen (or Van Hagar, for the purists) but supposedly left the group in 1996 because he didn't want to record songs for the soundtrack of Twister  (which is a totally underrated movie, btw, Van Halen songs notwithstanding.)

-He sold 80 percent of his interest in Cabo Wabo Tequila in 2007 for $80 million. Last year the brand sold 147,000 cases of tequila, most of which went to Axl Rose.

-Is a huge fan of St. Louis and is known for wearing Cardinals hats in concert. He released a live DVD of his band the Wabos called Livin' It Up in St. Louis, and he recently opened a branch of his restaurant, "Sammy's Beach Bar and Grill," in the local Harrah's. Naturally, his favorite local radio station is KSHE.

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