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Sammy Hagar, with special guest Michael Anthony from Van Halen, at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, June 24, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect

A common complaint nowadays: “why does EVERYTHING have to be political?” Here’s an example where the unexpectedly political becomes incredibly entertaining.


John Moe is a Minnesota-based writer and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. In a recent episode, he went in on Van Halen, specifically the Sammy Hagar years and the album 5150. Which led to this scorching-hot, politically-flavored take on the band:

This, of course, led to a bit of back-and-forth with Van Halen fans:

The “Wolfgang-Van-Halen-as-Dubbya” comparison is a bit of a kicker, but the original take? I can’t say that I disagree with it. Now, I’m the fly in the Van Halen ointment who actually prefers the band with Hagar over David Lee Roth (if you’re a regular listener to my radio show, you’ve heard me explain why), but if I were a Dave guy, I’d make this take my own.


Thanksgiving is three weeks away. Keep John Moe’s analogy on hand for when the inevitable political discussion pops up and use it to blow everyone’s mind.