You Really Got Me

“You Really Got Me” / “Atomic Punk” German 7″ Single


 
You Really Got Me by Van Halen on Grooveshark

On this day in 1978 (Jan. 28th), Van Halen’s very first single was released!

“Mom! Dad! We’re on the radio!”
-Eddie Van Halen

“You Really Got Me” is the third track on Van Halen (Originally written and released by The Kinks in 1964).

Warner Bros. chose “You Really Got Me” to herald the coming of the new colossus. The band was bummed that their record company decided the band’s first release was to be a cover song instead of an original. “It bummed me out that our first single was somebody else’s tune,” Ed says. Even so, Van Halen’s revamped cover made the song their own with their three-part harmonies, Eddie’s raucous guitar tone, and the world’s first taste of his revolutionary tapping technique.

Eddie recalled playing a tape of the finished album in late 1977 for drummer Barry Brandt from the rival Sunset Strip club act Angel, only to learn a week later that Angel were in the studio bashing out their own hard rock version of the Kinks’ song. Templeman and Warner Bros. scrambled to rush Van Halen’s single into stores first. The song snuck up on a few rock radio stations and soon took hold nationally. The precision-tooled cover took Van Halen into the Top 40 pop charts in United States and the United Kingdom, a sort of American invasion. Eddie was at home when he heard the song on the radio for the first time at 2 A.M. He ran into his parents’ bedroom and woke them up shouting, “Mom! Dad! We’re on the radio!”

The single was released in early 1978 with “Atomic Punk” as a B-Side. Initially released to only 35 radio stations, this song was added to 26 more the very next week. Within one month it was getting airplay on 140 stations across the country.

The lurching, staccato sound at he end of the guitar solo was performed by Eddie bending the G string at the 7th fret and turning his pickup toggle switch back and forth on his Ibanez Destroyer “Shark.” His neck pickup was disengaged and when he toggled back and forth it allowed the note to sound as if it was being turned off and on. Eddie demonstrated this technique in the video for the song.

The song was included on the soundtrack of the movie “Night Shift” as well as a 1996 Nissan Commercial.

 Official Music Video:

Lyrics:

Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I can’t sleep at night
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know where I’m goin’, yeah
Oh Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I can’t sleep at night
You really got me
You really got me
You really got me
Please, don’t ever let me be
I only wanna be by your side
Please, don’t ever let me be
I only wanna be by your side
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, yeah
Oh yeah, you really got me now
Got me so I can’t sleep at night
You really got me
You really got me
You really got me
Oh no, no, ah
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’
Ah girl, you really got me now
You got me so I can’t sleep at night
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know where I’m goin’, yeah
Oh yeah, you really got me now
Got me so I can’t sleep at night
You really got me
You really got me
You really got me
Oh Oh Oh

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