There were only six albums featuring Diamond Dave, but they're all worth hearing, even Diver Down, which is like a half-hour long and hardly has any new originals on it.
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10) "Mean Street": Fair Warning is the sound of a band stepping on your little brother and making him beg you to let him up. Where other hard rock and heavy metal bands took themselves very seriously, DLR sounds like he's reading off a script and proud of it: "Turns hunted into hunter, Lord strike that poor boy DOWN."
8) "Dance the Night Away": Van Halen II was always like a lightweight brother to the first album, but it proved that the band lived in Southern California. Where else would young men sound so damned happy? They didn't brood because women attended their concerts. Even if you don't like their music, you have to admit their concerts smelled great!
6) Jamie's Cryin': For pure pop, you can't get better than this one. Yet, when it came out, it was too heavy for pop audiences who, let's face it, considered Rod Stewart hard rock. These days, this would be the mellowest thing on the radio. Unless you listen those stations that advertise Ben-Gay.
5) "D.O.A.": "They found a dirty-faced kid in a garbage can." Don't you hate when that happens?
3) "Unchained": Yes, one break coming up. Here's another tune that if you spent anytime in a local music shop you could hear blaring slightly out-of-tune all throughout the store on any given weekend. Also, newsflash, kids: Eddie was never cranking this stuff out on a cheap transistor amp. You want to know why your band sounded so bad? Same reason as mine. We couldn't play and our equipment wasn't worth the bargain price. Buy a decent amp and save your life.
2) "And The Cradle Will Rock...": There is no better aside in all of rock 'n' roll than "Have you seen junior's grades?" While the rest of Women and Children First sounds like someone took a blowtorch to the backsides of each and every member, "Cradle" sounds like they considered their audience for a few seconds and said, "let's give them something to hum." Because you're nobody until somebody hums you.
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