Today enjoy Van Halen’s ‘Can’t Get This Stuff No More’ – without vocals for the first time!
We’ll release a new instrumental every Monday and Thursday for the next several weeks. Some fans are wondering why we’re featuring these now. These are not official releases of any sort.
Now, no doubt that most people prefer their rock and roll with someone singing. Vocals and lyrics sure do complete the songs and give them mass appeal. They turn them into the classics we know and love.
But these instrumentals let us appreciate the songs in a totally different way. Now we can enjoy the brilliant instrumental compositions themselves, before the lyrical themes were added. And of course, all those great vocals couldn’t help but cover up the music in parts. Now, we can hear occasional nuances that were hidden by the vocals, making the listening experience FRESH again!
These make us appreciate Edward’s compositional skills, and the musicianship of the band, even more. (We thought that wasn’t possible)!
Tune in Thursday for the next never-heard instrumental!
About “Can’t Get This Stuff No More”
Glen Ballard came up with the concept for this song. It was the second song David Lee Roth recorded with Van Halen for the Best of album.
Dave brought several palm trees into the studio for inspiration while writing the lyrics.
This song features the first-ever appearance of a Talk Box on a Van Halen record. It was run by guitar tech Matt Bruck because Edward’s mouth wasn’t big enough for the tube. The music for this track was originally recorded as “Backdoor Shuffle” for the Balance album. The Best of’s version features brand new lyrics by Roth.
Van Halen completed the recording of this song on Aug. 3rd, 1996.