Van Halen – Runnin’ With The Devil
Van Halen – “Runnin’ With The Devil”
Released on May 6, 1978. Recorded in 1977.
This is the first song on the first Van Halen album. It starts with a backwards blare of car horns, which was made by a contraption Eddie Van Halen put together using a bunch of horns, a car battery, and a footswitch. They used to use it when they played at clubs.
“Runnin’ with the Devil” is the second single from Van Halen’s 1978 album. The song lyrics were inspired by the Ohio Players song “Runnin’ from the Devil”.
In 2009, it was named the 9th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
David Lee Roth – lead vocals
Eddie Van Halen – guitar, backing vocals
Michael Anthony – bass, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen – drums