In January of 1985, David Lee Roth released his first solo EP called Crazy from the Heat. Roth was still the lead singer of Van Halen at the time, but would officially part ways with the band in August 1985, although there’s an urban legend that he left the band on April 1st.
Crazy from the Heat is made up of covers songs that were decidedly different than the types of songs Van Halen had released to date. The four songs were:
- Easy Street – Written by Dan Hartman
- A medley of Just a Gigolo and I Ain’t Got Nobody written by Irving Caesar, Leonello Casucci / Roger Graham, Spencer Williams
- California Girls – Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
- Coconut Grove – Written by John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky
Roth made music videos for Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody and for California Girls. California Girls was the first single released from the album, and it was a hit on both the pop and rock charts, peaking at number three on both the Hot 100 and Rock chart. Easy Street was the second single released, and it peaked at number 14 on the rock chart, and the last single was Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody, which peaked at number 12 on the Hot 100 chart, and number 25 on the Rock chart. The following year, he released his first solo album called Eat ‘Em and Smile, which produced another top 20 song on the Hot 100 chart for Yankee Rose.
Enjoy this look back at Roth’s “crazy” music video for California Girls from 1985!
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