Van Halen II Came Out 40 Years Ago Today, Whaaaaaaat???

Van Halen was on a roll. The band's second album, Van Halen II, came out just 13 months after their explosive debut album. Within a week of completing their first world tour, Van Halen returned to Studio 1 at Sunset Sound Recorders on December 10, 1978. Within a week most of the album was done with many first takes being used. David Lee Roth's spread eagle jump on the back cover took a bad turn on the third try when he came down on the side of his foot and broke a bone, leading to the photo of him with his foot bandaged, holding a cane, with a couple nurses tending to him.

On the strength of "Dance The Night Away," "Beautiful Girls," "You're No Good," and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," Van Halen II went on to sell over 6 million copies. If you were a VH fan, this was a must for the collection.

 
 
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