|Van Halen 1984|
Once I'd been sucked in by those songs, and that scary smoking baby, I turned my attention to the band's images on the back of the album.
There was David Lee Roth bathed in shadow, with shirt off, face slightly down, eyes up in direct gaze, long windblown hair - I'd never seen a guy with such long hair or a gaze so penetrating except for maybe in mug shots on the evening news. He was almost as scary as the smoking baby. And, I liked it...in spite of my god-fearing, vanilla, professional class "long hair is bad" upbringing...or maybe because of it, I liked it.
Soon, we would have MTV, and it was all downhill from there.