My Record Collection: Van Halen – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge(1991)
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was the third studio record with Sammy Hagar and the ninth Van Halen record overall.
The 11 track record was released on June 18, 1991 with acclaimed producers Andy Johns and Ted Templeman sitting behind the boards.
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (F.U.C.K.) went to number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and maintained the position for three weeks. The album spawned three hit singles (Poundcake, Top of the World, Right Now) and went on to sell over three million units.
Although the synth-laden 5150, and the more organic OU812 records were huge hits and were enjoyable to listen to. Most fans would agree, they weren't Van Halen records.
With (F.U.C.K.) ,Eddie and the boys left the keyboards behind in favor of a hard rock guitar focused record that hopefully would evoke the early 80's Van Halen sound.
In my opinion the group's third studio record with Sammy is their most guitar focused record and Van Halene-sque sounding of the Hagar era .
The only issue with the (F.U.C.K.) record is that Eddie, Alex , Michael and Hagar are trying too hard to sound like ol' VanHalen that they forgot to develop the melodic hooks that the band is synonymous for.
Don't get me wrong its great to get a hard rocking Van Halen album with Eddie playing like a man possessed. The thing with the band going too heavy on an album it comes at a price which is the lack of diversity.Knowing what Van Hagar can do lyrical and musically, (F.U.C.K.) was slightly underwhelming.
Still, Van Halen showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that they could rock with the best of them.