Visions: Van Halen – Tattoo

So this video has been around a while now, but that’s not going to stop me discussing it. It beats a far cry from other vids that I’ve covered in previous posts, in so much that its just a performance video. But if you ever needed reminding of Van Halen’s effortless cool and swagger, ‘Tattoo’ will leave a permanent mark.

David Lee Roth might have kept the masses waiting for this moment for some time, but from the moment he appears, even wearing a flat cap and devoid of the long blond hair of the golden days, he still has a flamboyant streak in his fancy footwork and suave moves. It feels just like a Van Halen vid from the 70s and 80s, with Eddie Van Halen occasionally leaning round to look into the camera singing ‘Tattoo, tattoo’ with a beaming smile. The feelgood factor is definitely back.

One listen to ‘Tattoo’ and you’ll be hooked. The chorus is real catchy and you’ll probably be back for more. Just drop the sceptic in you. I went out and got the new album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth’, just last week. I hadn’t cared much before but maybe, just maybe, the good times are back.

Peter Clegg
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