"Poundcake" has a solid groove - for Eliminator-era ZZ Top. Coincidentally, I had the same feeling; wishing DLR was on the mic. Dave might have turned it into a palatable jam - at least one with a hook. I do not hear a hook. All I hear is Alex doing Four-on-the floor and Mike's incessant throbbing.
Hagar Hate Party, now in full swing!
Anytime somebody says they hate Van Halen, I think of Hagar and say, "Of course you do." There's so much to dislike about the band and this video. AND - AND, I've read multiple guitar magazine interviews in which EVH bemoans the lack of "intelligence" in Sammy's lyrics, particularly on this song. He said something like, "My kid [Wolfgang, aged 7 or so at the time] could have written better words than Sammy."
There's also an easily-cribbed story about the band writing a song for the movie Twister, ("Humans Being", easily their WORST song ever) and they had the music done; it was up to Sam to do his bit. So he flew in from Hawaii or wherever and they said, "Listen, Sam. Do your thing, but whatever you do, don't mention tornadoes or twisters in the song, OK? We're trying for an indirect reference type of thing? You get the drift?"
Sam gets in front of the mic and the first words out of his mouth are: "Sky turning black / knuckles turning white / headed for the suck zone".
He left the band not long thereafter.
Sometimes ham-fisted rock is just what the doctor ordered. There is a place for Bad Company, however slight, in my life. Despite being a hardcore DLR-VH fan, even the brightest moments of the Van Hagar period flicker and fade. One of the guys I look up to as a guitarist kneels before the altar of 5150 and I just. Don't. Get. It. Sure, maybe the guitar playing is hotfire, but don't you hear Sammy in there? Don't you hear that? Apparently not.