For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Release date
17 Jun 1991
Running length
22 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Poundcake 5:18 105,053
2 Judgement Day 4:36 26,750
3 Spanked 5:07 22,832
4 Runaround 5:20 55,271
5 Pleasure Dome 6:54 17,677
6 In 'n' Out 6:02 1,542
7 Man on a Mission 4:48 22,582
8 The Dream Is Over 3:54 18,972
9 Right Now 6:12 154,414
10 316 11:34 23,718
11 Top of the World 3:50 64,960
Pleasure Dome (Album Version) 6:58 19
Runaround (Album Version) 4:21 23
Spanked (Album Version) 4:53 21
Judgement Day (Album Version) 4:39 22
In 'n' Out (Album Version) 6:05 14
Poundcake (Album Version) 5:22 80
Man On A Mission (Album Version) 5:04 19
The Dream Is Over (Album Version) 3:59 18
Right Now (Album Version) 5:22 300
316 (Album Version) 1:30 21
Top Of The World (Album Version) 3:53 19

About this album

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (also known as F.U.C.K.) is the ninth album by the American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1991. The album’s title came from lead singer Sammy Hagar, who wanted to push the issue of censorship with naming Van Halen’s album with a vulgarity, stating, “That’s when censorship was a big issue. I wanted to name the album just Fuck. ” Hagar eventually backed away from the outright vulgarity after he was told by his friend, former world lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, that the word “fuck” was an acronym for the phrase “for unlawful carnal knowledge”. Their tour promoting the album was named F.U.C.K. ‘n’ Live.

The album itself was marketed as the “return” to Van Halen’s rock roots, with most songs being guitar driven, and the synth sounds being replaced by pianos, as the synth sound had become very dated by the time of the album’s release. This can be prominently heard on “Right Now”, the most popular song from the album. The band also reconciled with producer Ted Templeman who produced earlier Van Halen albums to return to work on the album. This was the first album that Eddie Van Halen recorded without his trademark overdriven Marshall heads. It was said in interviews with Ted Templeman that Eddie’s Marshalls kept breaking down due to their age and the fact that Eddie overdrove the power amp stage to achieve his tone, so Ted helped Eddie settle on using a Soldano SLO-100 to record the album.

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