Thursday, February 21

The voice of an angel...

If said angel smoked two packs of smokes and drank a pint of whiskey a day.

Click on the above link and proceed to enjoy the harmonious—yet sandpaper-like tones of the best damn EMT in New York City.

Way before he was riding in ambulances in New York, and before he was saving our ears by getting fired as a drive-time deejay as Howard Stern's replacement, this dulcet toned performer belted this gem into a bear soaked microphone foam pad in a studio in LA, back in 1977.

Thank you to Thor for opening Arnica's ears to this treasure.

All snarkiness aside, Arnica has always been a fan of Diamond Dave. Back in the 80's when he left VanHalen, there were two camps, the bigger camp that said, "Fuck Dave, VanHagar rules," and the other, smaller camp that said, "But Dave is cool, and his solo stuff kinda rocks." Arnica was in that smaller camp. Skyscraper was a good album. You should check it out. Anyone who could recruit Steve Via and Will Lee (David Letterman's bass player), two of the hottest hair-metal players of the day, has to have some talent.

Dave has lost the hair, he can't hit those high notes anymore, and if you watch him during interviews, he now has some weird twitch in his neck happening. But he is still cool and, as it turns out, was the only member of VanHalen that had a sense of humor. He was the paul McCartney of VanHalen. Ok, was that too much? Ya Arnica thought so. Sorry.

Yeah, Yeah! Ah, yeah!

I live my life like there's no tomorrow... and all I've got, I had to steal
Least I don't need to beg or borrow... Yes I'm livin' at a pace that kills

Oooh, yeah
(Ahh!) Runnin' with the devil (Ahh-hah! Yeah!)
(Woo-hoo-oo!) Runnin' with the devil
I'm gonna tell ya all about it

I found the simple life ain't so simple... When I jumped out, on that road
I got no love, no love you'd call real... Ain't got nobody, waitin' at home

(And who could forget this?)

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