The Pop Rock Song Eddie Van Halen Admitted Copying In ‘Jump’

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Following its first appearance in the hard rock scene in the ’70s, Van Halen began to impress the audience with its energetic live shows and Eddie Van Halen’s lead guitar performances. The band turned into an act that left its mark on the ’80s by bringing itself to the fore with the records that revealed its distinctive style. During this period, they managed to stay in the second position on the US chart for weeks with the ‘1984’ album.

In addition to the album’s triumph with the other tracks, the song ‘Jump‘ had its name written in gold letters in music history, becoming the most successful single of Van Halen. Each member contributed to this four-minute thriving piece with their singing or instrumental skills. On the other hand, ‘Jump’ carried the traces of another act in its sound as Eddie Van Halen admitted that they copied a part of the track from the pop rock band Hall & Oates.

Eddie Van Halen Confessed A Part Of ‘Jump’ Was Copied From ‘Kiss On My List’

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Before ‘Jump’ met its audience, Daryl Hall and the co-writer of Hall & Oates, Janna Allen, wrote ‘Kiss on My List,’ which was featured in the band’s ninth album ‘Voices,’ and it became a successful single, reaching a high spot on the US chart. They initially created the song for Janna Allen, the sister of Hall’s longtime girlfriend Sara Allen, who wanted to take her first step into her music career.

Later, the band’s manager found the demo tape that Hall had cut as a guide for Janna, and he tried to convince the members to complete the piece for themselves. Then the production team liked this demo version without needing a second take, and the back vocals and instruments were added afterward. Van Halen was also so impressed by the song after its release that they copied a part of it for their piece ‘Jump,’ as was revealed by Daryl Hall in the past.

During a 2006 interview with Mix magazine, Hall stated that he found it usual for musicians to copy parts from other acts’ works. He disclosed that Eddie Van Halen once confessed that he took the synth parts from their ‘Kiss on My List’ to use in ‘Jump.’ According to the singer, all musicians do this, and he did not have any problems with what Eddie did.

Daryl Hall said the following while talking about musicians’ copying parts from other acts:

“That’s okay; it’s something we all do. Eddie Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from ‘Kiss on My List’ and used it in ‘Jump.’ I don’t have a problem with that at all.”

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