Album of the Day
Eat 'Em and Smile
After an E.P. of amiable covers showed that David Lee Roth had kept his sense of humor when he left Van Halen, EAT 'EM AND SMILE showed that he still had his ear for hard rock. For his first full-length solo album, Roth recruited three of the best players on the scene – former Zappa guitarist Steve Vai, future Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette – and got down to business. With VH vet Ted Templeman producing, the set gets off to a scorching start with “Yankee Rose” (which became an MTV staple, along with “Goin' Crazy”) and rarely lets up until Dave's closing take on the Sinatra classic “That's Life.” Displaying both the spirit and the chops of Roth's former band, EAT 'EM AND SMILE will put a smile on the face of any headbanger, and we'll give it another spin to wish Diamond Dave a happy birthday.