Van Halen “So This Is Love” – The Lost Video
David Lee Roth in the tightest of pants humping the leg of a dinosaur: you’re welcome. Van Halen “So This Is Love” is not Van Halen’s only weird AF video, but it is the most bizarre. I do not think this video was lost by accident. Check it out.
Van Halen – “So This Is Love” – The Video
The video was shot at the Prehistoric Park of Rivolta D’Adda outside of Milan, Italy. During a stop on their European Tour, the band recorded pieces for the Happy Circus television show that aired on Italian television. This video was obviously shot and edited by someone who was less than a pro.
There are also some song lyrics for Van Halen “So This Is Love” that didn’t end up making it into the song:
Flesh and blood
Oooh I need your love
C’mon honey take me home
Flesh and blood
That’s what everybody wants
Look at me I’m skin and bone
The original title was “Flesh and Blood (Banana Oil).” You can check out Dave’s handwritten original lyrics on the Van Halen News Desk. In my opinion, “Flesh and Blood” was the more accurate title for the context of the song. It’s a lot more about lust than love in typical David Lee Roth style. The band isn’t exactly known for their deep lyrics. I mean that with no disrespect. Van Halen was an amazing band with a lot of talent, but they were a party band first and foremost during the DRL era.
There’s ONE MORE crazy Van Halen Video that I’d like to share. Prepare yourself if you haven’t seen this in a while.
“(Oh) Pretty Woman.”
Every time I watch this video, I have to do a reality check to make sure I’m not on acid. David Lee Roth spoke to Creem magazine about the video, “What you have is the most overblown, over-the-top home movie ever made. We did it rather like a surrealistic art project, like where they paint the picture and come back three days later and try to figure out what they meant.”
First off, you have David Lee Roth as Napoleon. Then we have Eddie Van Halen as a cowboy. Alex Van Halen as Tarzan? Sure, why not? Finally, Michael Anthony rounds out the lineup as a Samurai Warrior. To be fair, the band did try their best to be as outrageous as possible. Goal reached, friends. This video did not get a lot of MTV play.
Van Halen was actually very resistant to videos in the beginning. Their first video was for “Jump.” David Lee Roth famously claimed the video was made for $600 and that most of the budget went to beer and chips. According to vhnd.com, the video cost was actually “much higher.” The video was nominated for three MTV Video Awards and won “Best Stage Performance.”