OU812

Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
21 tracks
Running time
108:07

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mine All Mine 5:13 18,326
2 When It's Love 5:21 112,340
3 A.F.U. (Naturally Wired) 4:29 12,356
4 Cabo Wabo 7:02 18,579
5 Source of Infection 4:00 16,055
6 Feels So Good 4:30 42,020
7 Finish What Ya Started 5:49 60,619
8 Black and Blue 5:25 50,279
9 Sucker in a 3 Piece 5:54 15,686
9 Sucker in a Three Piece 5:51 2,035
10 A Apolitical Blues 3:51 9,300
Sucker In A 3 Piece (Album Version) 5:56 17
When It's Love (Album Version) 5:39 98
Black And Blue (Album Version) 5:27 21
Finish What Ya Started (Album Version) 4:25 36
Feels So Good (Album Version) 4:32 23
Source Of Infection (Album Version) 4:02 18
Cabo Wabo (Album Version) 7:04 23
AFU (Naturally Wired) (Album Version) 4:31 22
Mine All Mine (Album Version) 5:14 18
A Apolitical Blues (Album Version) 3:52 18

About this album

OU812 is the eighth album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1988. The album title is allegedly a joke on Van Halen’s previous lead singer David Lee Roth’s 1986 album Eat ‘Em and Smile (OU812 translates phonetically to “Oh, you ate one too?”). However, “OU812” was also seen in the 70s sitcom Taxi written on a wall. Furthermore, “OU812” is the license plate on the red Ferrari that Red and Chong drive in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (released in 1980).

The original European release (as shipped in France, Germany, Italy and the UK) is missing track 10, as are all vinyl pressings of the album. The CD and some cassette versions have Track 10. The track listing on the back cover is arranged in alphabetical order, instead of in sequence.

Many fans derided OU812’s production; Eddie Van Halen’s guitar sits low in the mix, and its sound, as on 5150 does not resemble the loud, bright sound on the Roth-era albums. However, the crisp acoustic western sound and style on “Finish What Ya Started” was well received as a first for the band.

One song, “Cabo Wabo” was a reference to the band’s, particularly Sammy Hagar’s, love of the Mexican port town of Cabo San Lucas. The band opened a Cabo Wabo restaurant and cantina in the city, as well as other American locations. However, the venture was soon bought out to be owned by Hagar in its entirety. Hagar later parlayed this into a premium tequila brand sold around the world, Cabo Wabo.

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  • Steambull

    As a follow up to 5150 I think that this is weak. :/ Right now it just doesn't do anything for me. The least impressive Hagar album for me. Finish What Ya Started is the hidden gem here, thought.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kimberlyelaine

    One of my favorite all time albums. Chris Campo gave me the cassette because our turntable was broken. I think he may have regretted that move.

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I agree with the idiocy of forgetting volume knobs, but kidtronix may have a point. Engineers took a while to get their shit together with CDs in the 1980s - even I notice that quite a large number of early-CD albums sound tinny and midrange-saturated. Of course I could cure this by turning up the bass knob on my speakers, if I had one...

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • haengsle

    patres87: i agree. usually i don't think too much about production etc. but when i play this album it almost sounds like i've put a microphone next to a pair of headphones to get the sound to my speakers. good album, though...

    9 May 2008 Reply
  • Patres87

    One of the album that seriously need to be remastered !

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • BostonBruin

    Oh, you ate one too?

    16 Jul 2007 Reply

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