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The Stories Behind 15 Albums Named After Numbers, Featuring a Lot of Van Halen

When you think about it, most album titles are a little cryptic (Fiona Apple, I love you, but that’s a lot of title). But there’s something especially intriguing about a record that goes by nothing but a few digits. Those digits are usually anything but random, so here are a few of those musical mysteries, [...]

Why Did Van Halen Ban Brown M&Ms from Its Performances?

(Video Link) The 80s band Van Halen famously (or infamously) had a rider in its contract which required promoters to provide the band a large number of M&Ms in the dressing room. But brown M&Ms were forbidden. If the band found a single brown M&M, the promoter forfeited his earnings. Why? David Lee Roth explains in [...]

11 Items in Van Halen’s Contract Rider (Including No Brown M&Ms)

Van Halen is back! Featuring David Lee Roth and three Van Halen brothers, the band has reunited for a North American tour, and their new record was released just three days ago. So I thought I’d take a look back at the band’s infamous early-1980s tour rider*, the document that specified no brown [...]

The Late Movies: Isolated Music

In Aristotle’s work Metaphysics, he postulated that “The whole is different from the sum of its parts.” Tonight for the Late Movies, we’re applying that concept to a few classic rock songs. Using certain audio programs, it is possible to isolate specific elements of a song (drums, guitar, bass, piano and vocals). What we’re left [...]