First Listen: Unfinished Van Halen Song 'I Want Action'


As Van Halen marks the 30th Anniversary of their album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, frontman Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony have started a new Instagram account called Van Hagar The Other Side. They're sharing vault photos and recordings from their time in the band.

This week they released a clip of an unfinished song from the 5150 sessions called 'I Want Action'. Michael Anthony explains: "Ed was always coming up with song ideas, whether it was just a guitar riff, or a whole piece of music. The three of us would jam on every idea, whether it turned into a song or turned out to be nothing more than just jamming together. If Sammy wasn’t in town, Ed would always send him a copy of what was being played to check out, or if he was at his place in Malibu he would join in and the four of us would just play and see what would happen. Sometimes one idea would Jam into a completely different idea, with Sam scatting vocals on top. We have loads of tape with ideas like this sitting in boxes at 5150 studios!! "I Want Some Action" is one of those jams that never made it to an album but has a very cool guitar riff and listening to it now we should’ve taken this one all the way!!!"


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