Beats Workin

Album: A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Van Halen fans may recognize this song as "Put Out the Lights," which was featured on the Gene Simmons produced demos that the band did for Warner Brothers in 1976. It features new lyrics and an altered arrangement but still sounds like a '70s rocker even retaining the cowbell.
  • The song is one of a number of tracks on A Different Kind Of Truth based on old demos from the 1970s. They were written at a time when the band credited all four members with co-writing credits, including founding bassist Michael Anthony, who was sacked in 2006 by Eddie Van Halen. However, he told Planet Rock that he has no plans to pursue the band for his share of royalties from the album.: "I don't want to do anything," he said. "I just let it be. It'll be nice to hear some of those old songs again that I haven't played in a long time."

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