The Daily Cut: Van Halen “Ice Cream Man”

Van Halen: “Ice Cream Man”

ALBUM: Van Halen

YEAR: 1978

WRITER: John Brim

Never released as a single.

Van Halen did two cover versions on its first album, The Kinks‘ “You Really Got Me,” which became the band’s first single ever, and a much more obscure song, “Ice Cream Man.” Singer David Lee Roth tells where they got that one from and compares it to a much later Van Halen number. “’Ice Cream Man’ is old blues, from whence it all came. You know, it’s rhythm n’ blues and the attitude is rock n’ roll, y’know. Geez, y’know, I’ve been doing that since the first album back in ’78, I guess. That could be any kind of music. That could be ‘I’m Easy, I’m Easy.’ It’s the same kind of rhythms. It’s the same kind of sentiment.”

Van Halen announced that it picked former Extreme singer Gary Cherone to replace Sammy Hagar 20 years ago today.


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