ALEX VAN HALEN WAS NOT THRILLED WITH KING OF POP’S ’80s REIGN
In his new book, The Speed of Sound: Breaking Barriers Between Music and Tehhnology, electro-pop music wiz Thomas Dolby reveals a couple of great stories about hanging out at guitar legend Eddie Van Halen‘s house.
Ironically, the scenarios happened after the “She Blinded Me with Science” hit-maker nearly insulted Eddie with an off-the-cuff Spinal Tap joke.
Some of the scenarios, however, seem like they could inspire a Spinal Tap sequel.
Here’s a conversation Dolby recounts about meeting Alex Van Halen when Eddie was working on Dolby’s 1992 album, Astronaughts & Heretics:
Thomas Dolby to Alex Van Halen: “I hear you’re not nuts about Eddie [Van Halen] playing on my album?”
Alex Van Halen: “You got that right, bro. Last time we let him do that, he did a solo on that little f—er Michael Jackson‘s record. That was the only reason 1984 got stuck at No. 2 [for five weeks, behind Thriller].”