Got a drink in my hand, got my toes in the sand. All I need is some good internet service so I can watch the latest video on Van Halen from the “Professor of Rock”!
“The Professor” Adam Reader has just done a deep dive into 1979’s Van Halen II album and how it avoided the sophomore jinx.
The sophomore jinx is defined as being an instance in which a second, or sophomore effort fails to live up to the relatively high standards of the first effort. As we know, Van Halen II was far from that. Led by the #15 single “Dance The Night Away” and “Beautiful Girls”, the rock radio favorite released in August of ’79, the album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 after its March 23rd, 1979 release. It’s gone on to sell close to 6 million copies.
“The Story of Van Halen II the band’s spectacular sophomore album,” wrote “The Professor” in the video above. “They only had a few weeks to create it. The hijinks of Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony as we breakdown the album including classic cuts like ‘Beautiful Girls’, ‘Dance the Night Away’, ‘D.O.A.’ and ‘Bottoms Up’.”