Revisit Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 30 Years On

Revisit Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 30 Years On

Posted 30 Jun 2021
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Sammy Hagar & Eddie Van Halen. Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images.

We’re looking back at Van Halen’s 9th studio album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, released 30 years ago this month.  

 

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In 1991, Eddie Van Halen and co. had successfully moved on from original lead singer, David Lee Roth, to release back-to-back chart-topping records –5150 and OU812 – with new frontman, Sammy Hagar. 

Stripping back the synth-heavy production of their 80s efforts, Van Halen took a back to basics approach for their first full-length album of the '90s. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was powered by straightforward guitar riffs, Hagar's banshee wail and the thunderous rhythm section of Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony. Like any Van Halen album, it's highlighted by the mind-blowing guitar wizardry of Eddie Van Halen.

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was released in June 1991, and like the two albums that came before it, rocketed up the Billboard 200 to #1, where it stayed for the next two weeks. Rock radio stations across America jumped all over lead single "Poundcake," sending it to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

Celebrate 30 years of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge with this slamming live cut of “Poundcake” at the MTV Awards in 1991 below! 

Van Halen | “Poundcake” [MTV Awards, 1991]

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