Saturday, April 19, 2008

Daily Shredder: Eddie Van Halen

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, better known as Eddie, is the shredded-pork sandwich lead guitarist of 80's hair extravaganza Van Halen. Although the band is named after him, he has never actually been the frontman. While David Lee Roth jumped around the stage in his spandex howling, Eddie would scramble brains with his hot licks. Eddie is of mostly Dutch heritage but is part Indonesian on his mother's side. Over the years, he has provided some of rock and roll's best guitar solos as well as R&B's, as he did in Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Which, I'd like to add, is one of the most awesome songs of the 20th century.

My favorite Van Halen song is "Hot for Teacher," which demonstrates perfectly David Lee Roth's insane showboating and Eddie's quiet, unassuming ROCKNESS. Which is not to say David Lee Roth is anything but awesome. Because he is.

But Eddie's most famous ass-liquefying tune is "Eruption," a thing that is wordless, under two minutes, and devoid of a beat. So it's pretty unimpressive.