Leading off with a Van Halen reference yesterday led Bruce (Spikor) to paraphrase the above classic cartoon quote, so as a form of appeasement, this week’s Monday Music Video is a 1986 selection from 5150. I know, I could have gone with 1984’s “Jump”, as it’s a better known song, but I like throwing in a surprise now and then. And “Dreams” is certainly a good song to go with as well.
The video is notable in that it doesn’t feature a single shot of the band themselves. Instead, it features aerial maneuvers from the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. 1986 was the 40th anniversary of the squadron.
The song is also notable as the second single off the album 5150 (following “Why Can’t This Be Love?”), which was the first album released following the departure of David Lee Roth. Sammy Hagar was brought in as the new lead singer, a move which even today is regarded with some degree of controversy — though with as many times as Eddie Van Halen has fired one lead singer or another, most long-time Van Halen fans have come to terms with the changes by now. The “Van Hagar” nickname is used as much to differentiate between the two major eras of the band as anything, and only a few diehards use it derisively.
Despite its initial mixed reception over the singer controversy, 5150 was the first album by the band to reach #1 (though it’s speculated that 1984 would have if not for Thriller). As for “Dreams”, it reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #6 on the list of Album Rock tracks. The video made MTV’s top 100 for 1986 at #65, and their list of the 500 Greatest Videos of All Time at #380.