Song Of The Week #33 David Lee Roth – Just Like Paradise
It was successful day, ’cause I’ve finally passed my driving license exam, 🙂
David Lee Roth — Just Like Paradise (Official Video)
David Lee Roth was Van Halen‘s vocalist since 1978 — that’s from the time when the band was founded. He played with them up to 1985.
In the midst of the 1984 Tour, the artistic and personal tensions among the musicians reached a fever pitch. Reasons for the breakup vary based on the band member interviewed, but were rooted in control of the band’s sound and image. Roth was upset about Eddie playing music outside of Van Halen without checking with the band, and his alleged drug abuse that allegedly prevented the band from viable practices. Eddie was sick of Roth’s flamboyant behavior and stage persona. Roth was also having a successful solo career with a hit song and EP (a remake of The Beach Boys classic “California Girls” (#3 U.S.) and the old standard “Just a Gigolo” (#12 U.S.). Roth was also offered a movie deal from Warner Brothers (which was later withdrawn).
After departure from Van Halen, David Lee Roth kept his popularity and he used it predictably to promote himself. ‘Just Like Paradise’ comes from his third solo album and second full-length studio album — ‘Skyscraper‘ released in 1988.
- David Lee Roth — vocals
- Steve Vai — lead guitars
- Gregg Bissonette — drums
- Billy Sheehan — bass guitar
‘Just Like Paradise’ popularity
Released in 1988, “Just Like Paradise” entered the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1988 and peaked at number six in March. It reached number four on the Singles Sales chart, number eight on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, It also spent four weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song peaked at eight in Canada, number 27 in the United Kingdom, number 13 in New Zealand, and number 77 in the Netherlands.
David Lee Roth — Just Like Paradise (Live 2004)