Few would argue that David Lee Roth's first solo EP was a complete comedy send-up, albeit a very successful one that gained him enough favor with the MTV peanut gallery to solidify his potential as a solo artist. When threat became fact, however, Roth was smart enough to know that show tunes set to flashy videos weren't going to cut it and wisely proceeded to surround himself with musicians of impeccable pedigree. Thus armed, the "diamond" one set out to out-Van Halen Van Halen with his band's first effort, Eat 'Em and Smile, a more than adequate substitute for the overtly commercial tendencies of the "new and improved" original. Why mess with a winning recipe, indeed. Guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Gregg Bissonette sound perfectly at home aping their boss' old cronies on such sizzling party anthems as "Shyboy" and "Elephant Gun." A fun-loving cover of "Tobacco Road" kicks off a very solid side two featuring the remarkably Fair Warning-esque "Big Trouble," and it doesn't get any better than first single, "Yankee Rose," where the squealing call and response between Roth and Vai reaches unparalleled comical heights. The glossy pump of "Goin' Crazy!" (originally conceived as the title track for Roth's botched movie project) hints at the pop excesses to come, and although two lounge pieces are knocked out for good measure, these are easily offset by the cool strut of "Ladies Nite in Buffalo?," arguably Roth's most legitimate piece of art ever.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsDavid Lee Roth Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Vai Guitar
Billy Sheehan Bass,Background Vocals
Gregg Bissonette Drums,Background Vocals
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Jesse Harms Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Lee Herschberg Strings,Horn
Waters Family Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Lee Roth Arranger,Artwork,Package Concept
Steve Vai Horn Arrangements
Jimmie Haskell Horn Arrangements
Jeff Hendrickson Engineer
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Vigon Seireeni Art Direction
Angelus Artwork,Package Concept
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eat 'Em and Smile based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This album has aged far better than, say, Van Halen´s album from the same year, "5150". Roth´s new band sounds like the injection he needed at the time. Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan was the ultimate choice for a band like this (i.e. being able to play Van Halen songs), and versatile drummer Gregg Bissonette made it complete. It´s really fun and entertaining music, but it doesn´t sound like Van Halen`s debut album, which Roth suggested that it would do prior to it´s release in 1986. Still, it will satisfy every VH-fan and anyone into high-quality hard rock.