Happy 31st Anniversary! OU812

It was on this day in 1988 when Van Halen released their 8th studio album OU812, the second to feature vocalist Sammy Hagar (after 5150). Despite the album's title (a dig towards David Lee Roth's Eat Em And Smile) the band continued to prove they were just as viable as they were before, combining hard rock and pop sensibilities on singles "When It's Love" and "Finish What Ya Started," to the string-bending showcases "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" and "Cabo Wabo" and even an uncharacteristic cover (of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues"), Eddie, Alex, Michael, and Sammy play with abandon and a palpable sense of fun.

Happy 31st Anniversary!



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