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From the Album Tattoo
January 14, 2012

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  • Original Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 The Three Twins, LLC and Diamond Dave Enterprises, Inc., under exclusive licencse to Interscope Records
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  • Duration: 4:43 minutes
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  • ASIN: B006U647QQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,775 Paid in MP3 Songs (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Songs)

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Tattoo January 10, 2012
Ok Van Halen fans a little history here. This new Van Halen song is cool and not just because we have new music from these guys with original singer David Lee Roth...this song has history. The song was orginally titled "Down in Flames" and was played live in Japan the first time on 6/19/78 at Shinjuku, Koseinenkin Hall. This track was supposed to appear on Van Halen II but was replaced by the song "You're No Good". The original version can be found on several bootlegs found through fans of Van Halen.

Fast forward to 2012. The song was resorected for their new album "A Different Kind of Truth" and is released as the first single from it. Tattoo now has new lyrics which seem fresh for today's world. I'm glad they pulled this track out of the vaults and reworked it. It always sounded cool and as a "Fan", this is one we always wanted to get a proper release. The vocals fit David Lee Roth's singing style and Eddie's guitar playing is perfect. This si a great song and fans of the band should really dig it. ROCK ON!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VAN HALEN IS BACK!!! January 10, 2012
I've waited 27 years for this new album, and if the first single is any indication of how "A Different Kind of Truth" will sound, I'll be elated! It's quite clear that Eddie Van Halen still has it and is playing like it's 1984 all over again! With all of the trash that's out there today billed as music, this new Van Halen tune is breath of fresh air! There will be naysayers out there, but forget them! They are fickle fans that would complain about anything that VH puts out while listening to Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber in the background. Van Halen is the greatest rock band in the world IMO, that changed rock-n-roll forever! Rock bands today owe a debt of gratitute to the mighty VH. Eddie Van Halen is musical genius that has influenced more guitar players that anyone in history. Long live VAN HALEN!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank the Lord! January 22, 2012
Yes, it took almost 30 years, but what the hell! Van Halen sounds great. If only they had stayed together all that time. I know people like the Van Hagar and other years, but they did nothing for me.

David Lee Roth is integral to the band. He is the perfect counterpoint to Eddie's stratospheric playing! To me, Van Halen has always been like this great rock 'n' roll circus act, with spectacular songs, amazing riffs and incredible energy.

"Tattoo" is a great first single! I hope there's at least one crazy song on the new album like "Hot for Teacher" where they just go nuts and have fun.

I love having them back again! Look forward to the album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHO WOULD'VE THUNK -- 4-5 February 3, 2012
While "Tattoo" may not be in the overdrive mode of VH's first period, it would've still been a strong track on an album like 1984. It certainly blows most of the Van Hagar songs out of the water.

After only 6 listens in the last two weeks, I feel it calling me more often all the time. It's becoming infectious. I've been delving into it more with repeated listenings: the wickedly catchy chorus, the classy production & performance, Eddie's elegant intro phrase and virtuoso solo, Dave's great singing filled with umph and pizzaz, the tightness of the playing and looseness of the feel, and the trademark humor. Sheer entertainment of the highest quality.

Could it have been more explosive? Yes, Dave could've gone up a tone or two on some of the chorus repeats, Eddie could've pitched the intro phrase higher in the solo, and the drumming could've had more flair and imagination. But there's the rest of the album for that.

Kudos to the boys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The rest of album is excellent! February 2, 2012
By mil6161
Why they picked this song for an opener is beyond me. The rest of the cd is excellent. Go to youtube and listen to full version of blood and rocks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Van Halen!!! January 28, 2012
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Great start to the new year. Looking forward to hearing more in the near future. Catchy chorus with a signature Eddie Van Halen solo well placed.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Although skeptical if they still have it, I must say I'm VERY impressed by Van Halen's first single Tattoo. Like others have noted, sounds like a throwback to previously released and unreleased Van Halen music. And I love that. They seem to be modern, but didn't overthink it. Great production, good vibe, strong guitar and vocal matching. And Alex's snare is undeniably the most recongnizable sound of any Van Halen song. Great job guys...see you on the road!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sig M.
Poppy song from A Different King Of Truth, it's catchy and OK... but take a listen to the rest of the CD. Truly amazing!!!!!!!!!! Tattoo is probably the weakest song on the CD. After a few listens I'm willing to say that this might be one of the top 5 rock CD's in the past 25 years. Very heavy, probably VH's heaviest ever and without a weak song in the 13.

Very surprised....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I grew up listening to Van Halen and this is by far one of my favorite songs by them! The lyrics are hilarious!!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great VH album!
All the songs are VH rockers. Tattoo is the most "pop", IMHO. Glad that DLR is back and sounds just as good as before; the background vocals sound like Michael Anthony is still... Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Maryann J. Tillson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome song and better than anything on the top 200 charts. Great job, awesome album, Van Halen have returned!!! He'll yeah!!
Published on February 18, 2012 by Deimos
1.0 out of 5 stars One star message
I don't know which I hate more- the new album or the fact that so many people think it's 5 stars and sounds like the Fair Warning era. NO way. Ridiculous. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by William Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Did a 12 year old right this?
The Dumbest song in their catalogue??? This song Blows worste than Gary Cherone/Van Halen! 14 year for this crap! And the harmony vocals suck with out Michael!
Published on February 10, 2012 by Texas-Rocks
1.0 out of 5 stars Sammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this a joke? I cringed when I heard this. I guess it's okay for the oldies classic rock stations, so go smoke your stuff and move on. And please, this is all about Dave. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by Bronx Boy
2.0 out of 5 stars watering down of a van halen leftover
this a watered down version of "down in flames," a leftover song from 1977. How low will this band sink?
Published on January 26, 2012 by lady d.
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke, right?
Having seen VH in 1981, 82, 84, and then again in the joke of a tour about a year ago, I can tell you that they will NEVER get another dime of my money. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by RikR
1.0 out of 5 stars won't happen
andrew s. smith is right.this song is "okay"at best.i'm not a gambler,but i bet they won't make it through the tour. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by clriley
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