Episode 288: Van Halen – ‘Fair Warning,’ ‘Diver Down’




February 22, 2018


  • Van Halen “Unchained” Fair Warning (Warner Bros.) 1981
  • Van Halen “So This Is Love?” Fair Warning (Warner Bros.) 1981
  • Van Halen “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” Diver Down (Warner Bros.) 1982

Where credit is due: Thumbnail publicity photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.


For today’s episode for Van Halen Week, we present the “2 for 1” album deal: Fair Warning and Diver Down. It’s two albums, in one rockin’ episode. It’s such a great deal, that Kevin Spain decided to stay for more!

FUN FACT: Eddie Van Halen is a true rocker who knows exactly what he wants, and this is evident in the invention of the ‘Frankenstein.’ In a February 2009 interview with CNN, Eddie said he started rebuilding guitars after he…

“…went to a Radio Shack-type of store in Pasadena. They had a 12-string guitar hanging there, and I didn’t want 12 — I wanted six. And so I asked the guy, “Could I take six strings off and try it?” And the guy said, “No, not unless you buy it.” So I borrowed the money from my parents, bought it, took six strings off and voila — did what I wanted. The guitar — it’s on the first album cover. It’s called Frankenstein.”

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