Why Can’t This Be Love

by Van Halen

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One of the best memories of this song was having it cranked up in the back of the bus on the way to a soccer game in high school, and the staccato intro scared the crap out of the coach driving the bus because he thought it sounded like a flat tire on the highway.

This was everyone’s first glimpse of Van Hagar and it was definitely an evolution of the band. The musicianship was still top-notch, but the emphasis in the songwriting had shifted from sun & surf, beach & babes, to slightly more sophisticated themes about love and relationships and a few more socially-conscious tunes. There was definitely a difference in the band. And it’s not bad, but it’s not the same.

Turns out the driving force behind the revolving door of lead singers was the fact that Eddie was batshit crazy but no one really knew that at the time. But the ’70s and ’80s were a definite high-water mark for the band when they were still getting along enough to keep cranking out good albums full of all-time classic tunes like this one.

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