Seriously, is there any "YES" argument for Sammy (ahem) "The Red Rocker" Hagar? That is, besides that first Montrose album, which is rock 'n' roll GENIUS!!! Hagar fronted guitarist Ronnie Montrose's band, Montrose, from '73-75 and I kinda wanna forgive him for ALL his sins just on account'a "Space Station Number 5" and "Bad Motor Scooter," but..I...just...can't.
Using the Montrose genius as my guide I've actually tried to listen to his records, like his first solo LP, Nine on a Ten Scale, but I didn't have the stomach. As a result, I've hardly bothered with his other albums (he had EIGHT, they all charted in the Top 100!!). So, as a result the only "Red Rocker" hit I know, and "get," is "I Can't Drive 55." THANKS stupid '80s radio and MTV.
Did he have other radio hits? C'mon, all'a y'all old heshers I'm curious. Like, was "Heavy Metal" played on the radio? Or was his success just being hard rock enough in the glut of polished, shitty FM rock in the late '70s/early '80s to give him an edge? He had to have SOMETHING right—he kept cranking out (crappy) records!
I'm not even gonna get started on the fucking mess that was the Van Halen/Van Hagar thing...