1981Released
3:29

Did You Know?

Interesting facts and trivia about Unchained - 2015 Remaster. By Songfacts®.

It's not all that clear what's going on in this song, but it sure does rock. The lyric is mostly an exercise in vocal dexterity, with the line "blue-eyed murder in a side-swiped dress" leading into the rousing chorus. The song was a live favorite for the band.

In the middle of this song, David Lee Roth makes fun of an executive that walked into the studio while they were recording it ("that suit is YOU..."). Roth would add commentary on a separate track while the band played the instrumental parts, and his comments were sometimes added to the mix ("Everybody Wants Some!!" is an example). The voice that says, "Come on, Dave, gimme a break," is their producer, Ted Templeman.

When Van Halen released their album 1984, they crossed over to the pop realm, but Fair Warning, released in 1981 (the same year Eddie Van Halen married Valerie Bertinelli), was very much a rock album. No singles were released from the album, but "Unchained" got lots of airplay on Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations, which were prevalent at the time, and it endured as a setlist staple.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Unchained - 2015 Remaster.
C♯Key
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
137BPM

Album

The album Unchained - 2015 Remaster is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Unchained - 2015 Remaster.
Rhino/Warner Records
© 1981 Warner Records Inc.
℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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