VAN HALEN "JUMP" (1984)

Some fans of Van Halen hate this 80s soft-rock track, as it was a departure from the usual harder rock sound of the band, using a rolling synth line. Indeed, this change in musical direction eventually led to the departure of David Lee Roth.

However, it still features an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, although the producer spliced parts of two different takes, apparently, which led Eddie Van Halen to say it was "his favourite solo he never wrote!"

"Jump" was the lead single from the band's sixth studio album 1984. The song was the only number one for the band in Canada and the U.S. and peaked at #7 in the UK. Three more singles were lifted from the album; I'll Wait (#13 US), Panama (#13 US) and Hot For Teacher (#56 US), none of which entered the British Top 40.

I used to love playing this tune on the jukebox at the local Youth Club (do they still have youth clubs?) back in the mid eighties, so it brings back fond memories for me. By the way, the sound quality of this video is truly excellent and it's in proper widescreen!
The video seems pretty straightforward, in that, it features the band performing the song, which was commonplace for rock videos at the time. Nonetheless, it set new standard for performance videos and won an MTV award for "Best Stage Performance".
Van Halen Jump (Live) CD maxi single (1993)
1993 CD Maxi Single

Van Halen performing Jump on stage in the 80s

 

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