Wolfgang Van Halen says he was just waiting for the right moment to insert his dad Eddie’s synthesizer into a Mammoth WVH song. That moment arrived with the track “Mr. Ed”.
Just in case you haven’t picked up on it yet, Wolfgang used the original Electro-Harmonix Micro-Synthesizer Eddie used on Van Halen’s “Sunday Afternoon In The Park” from Van Halen’s 1981 album Fair Warning on “Mr. Ed”, the lead track to his debut album Mammoth WVH. You can hear it at the 1:23 mark of the song (below).
During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock‘s Matt Wardlaw, Wolfgang was asked about the inclusion of the “Sunday Afternoon In The Park” synthesizer on the track.
There’s the great video of you on Instagram recreating the synthesizer part from “Sunday Afternoon in the Park.” What is the trigger moment for you digging that particular piece of gear out? What was it like recreating those sounds?
It had been sitting in the studio while we were tracking. The whole time, [producer] Elvis [Baskette] and I were like, “We’ve gotta find a place for that. It would be so cool to hear that on the album.” It was that one verse of “Mr. Ed,” where we’re like, “I think we should break it out and see what it sounds like. It really worked.”
Listen To Mammoth WVH “Mr. Ed”
Listen To Van Halen “Sunday Afternoon In The Park”