The Van Halen Lyrics Eddie Van Halen Hated

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Van Halen had maintained its successful career in the ’90s since its first appearance in the music scene in 1972. Four years after the band’s outstanding achievement with the ninth album ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,’ the 1995 record ‘Balance’ increased the band’s popularity even more. While the album reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, it also sold over three million copies as of 2004. Moreover, the track ‘The Seventh Seal’ was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the Grammys.

The album included some of the band’s now-classics. While ‘Can’t Stop Lovin’ You’ reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do)’ peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. Despite the band’s success with this album, Eddie Van Halen was  not satisfied with all the tracks they had created. Let’s find out which song he hated because of its lyrics, even though it achieved considerable success during that period.

Eddie Van Halen Hated ‘Amsterdam’ Due To Its Lyrics

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‘Amsterdam’ was featured in Van Halen’s 1995 record ‘Balance’ and was released as a single to mainstream rock radio. It was written primarily by the lead vocalist Sammy Hagar, but other members were also given credit. As revealed in a past interview, the song was based on Hagar’s touristic travel in Amsterdam and his feelings there. When the calendars showed the summer of 1995, the track reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Although the song achieved considerable success, Eddie and Alex Van Halen were not content with the lyrics. According to them, since the track’s lyrics referenced cannabis consumption with lines like ‘roll an Amsterdam,’ their hometown would get a bad reputation because of them. Eddie opened up about this issue in a 1996 interview with Guitar World.

During the interview, the rocker pointed out that he had become more aware of the lyrics’ impact after battling his addiction. As he stated, he hated the lyrics of ‘Amsterdam, including the words ‘Wham, Bam Amsterdam, ‘ which were followed by ‘Stone you like nothin’ else.’ The song was about smoking cannabis, and the guitarist was unhappy because he believed that lyrics should ‘plant seeds for thought,’ which was not the case with ‘Amsterdam.’

Eddie Van Halen explained his hate towards the lyrics of ‘Amsterdam’:

“I always hated the words ‘Wham, Bam Amsterdam’ from ‘Balance’ because they were all about smoking pot-they were just stupid. Lyrics should plant some sort of seed for thought, or at least be a little more metamorphic.”

You can listen to the song below.