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You Really Got Me

by

Van Halen



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This is a cover of the 1964 song by The Kinks. It was the first hit for The Kinks, and became famous for its distorted guitar sound, which many bands began to copy.
This was Van Halen's first single.
There is a track before this on the album called "Eruption," which is an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo that leads into it. Disc jockeys often played the 2 songs together, but as computerized playlists and corporate programmers took control of radio stations, "Eruption" is rarely played.
This was used in an animated ad for a Nissan sports car. It featured G.I. Joe stealing Barbie away from Ken and driving off with her.
The Kinks got the dirty guitar sound on their version by slashing their speaker with a razor blade.
The album was cheap and easy to record. The band used very little overdubbing, and simply played in the studio as if they were live.
Van Halen's producer, Ted Templeman, recorded this as soon as he could because he was worried that a rival band called Angel would try to release their version of this ahead of Van Halen.
After releasing this album, they toured as the opening band for Journey, and then Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne thought Van Halen blew away Sabbath every night.
Eddie was 21 when this was released.
The album has sold over 5 million copies. Most were bought a few years after it was released as Van Halen picked up fans through constant touring and increased radio play.
On their 1982 "Hide Your Sheep" tour, they played this as their second encore, stopping in the middle to sing some of "Happy Trails" before finishing the song.
Contrary to popular belief, Eddie used an Ibanez Destroyer for most of this album, as well as several songs on their next 2 albums. This guitar is featured on the cover of Woman and Children First. Ed later took a large chunk out of the guitar, which ruined the tone. (thanks, Jay - Carlisle, PA)
Ray Davies once said the he liked the Van Halen version better than the Kinks' own, saying that their original version (the Kinks) was like a prop plane and Van Halen's was like a jet fighter. Eddie later responded by saying he was flattered but that the original was better. His version was just more modern. "Ray, that prop stuff is the real sh-t," he said. (thanks, Stephen - Durango, CO)
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Comments (16):

Used in the 'frat party at the morgue' scene in 'Night Shift.' Worked well.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
This song was also covered by the late Robert Palmer on the "Double Fun" album.
- Brian, Marion, MI
actually rob of hamburg its the frankenstrat! EVH also referred to it as that piece of sh**.
- Chase, Miami, FL
usually when a song is coverd the band that covers it kinda kills it but they did a good job
- derek, worcter, MA
Woo, I'm learning this on the gutair, go Van Halen.
- Nick, Surprise, AZ
Every time I hear this song I just imagine two teenagers making out and ripping off their clothes and are about to have sex.
- Kadie, Corpus Christi, TX
cool song. yes, it is on guitar hero 2
- Billy, A Place, AL
this was Guitar hero 2 wasn't it
- Ronald, Philadelphia, NJ
really good song its immortal the kinks immortalized it and van halen gave it juice power
- elie, london
The original sounds better.
- Spencer, Los Angeles, CA
Eddie definately uses the Destroyer on this because after the solo he toggles his pickup switch - Something his frankencaster obviously did not have
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
I assure you, Eddie Van Halen was born in January of 1955 which would make him just 23 when this was released
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
Anybody ever see van halen live ? I saw them 10 times! I got to say the '82 tour was the best.Fair warning was cool too! If you didnt see them back in the day you missed out big time! Ha!
- Duffy, Yakima, AL
Hahahaha I love the commercial this is from and its a pretty good song, but i had no idea van halen did it
- Shana, Pembroke, Canada
My favorite TV commercial of all time - It has all the right elements - GI Joe, Barbie, a Nissan 300 ZX, and Van Halen (one can only hope there's a case of beer in the trunk).

Up yours, Ken!
- Kevin, Chester, SC
This is one of Van Halen's best songs. I love hearing it after Eruption, it just sounds right. Anyway, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. Van Halen Rules
- Brett, Moore, OK
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