*Shoots BD in the head* Well at least now you won't turn into a zombie.
I relistened to OU812. It's listenable, but that doesn't mean I'll listen to it again any time between now and...probably after Alex Van Halen dies. Eddie's guitar playing is still good but by his lofty standards this one seems phoned in. The first thing I think of when I think of this album is usually the lyrics "She so fine/about a 9 on a 10 scale/with long legs/ straight on up to her lunch pail." Eat your heard out Spinal Tap.
And I listened to F.U.C.K. Templeton is back and while I'm not crazy about the guitar tone Eddie seems to have more going on during the songs than on the last album. But as I remembered this is their worst album so far. It is actually more completely mediocre than I remembered it. The middle isn't as much of a slog as I remembered but I no longer like the stuff at the beginning and end very much at all. I will say that Klosterman was onto something, Pleasure Dome does sound like a middling-199- corporate-rock version of Achilles Last Stand. By that album's low standards that is somewhat interesting.