TRAINING TUNES: “JUMP”

SONG: “Jump”

GROUP: Van Halen

ALBUM: “1984” (Released 1984)

BACKGROUND:

1984

1984

Let’s “jump” back to the ’80s once again, to the time of big hair and big guitars. MTV was in its music video heyday (“The Jersey Shore” was thankfully still decades away) and we all listened to rock music blasting from our boomboxes, on cassette tapes via our Walkmen or on that new crazy format called CDs.

The airwaves were alive with the songs from Def Leppard, The Scorpions, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Queen, U2, Journey… and one of the greatest rock bands ever- Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen wielded the guitar like a master and was supported by Alex Van Halen on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and showman David Lee Roth provided the vocals.

The year was 1984 and so was the album. Van Halen’s sixth studio record (the follow up to “Diver Down”), “1984” was the group’s most successful album, selling over 10 million copies in the US and peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts (a little record from Michael Jackson called “Thriller” refused to give up the #1 spot).

The album spawned several hit singles, including: “Hot For Teacher,” “Panama” and “I’ll Wait,” but the album will forever be associated with the song “Jump.”

The song wastes no time in getting you pumped as it starts things off with the keyboard/synthesizer playing the chorus, followed by the drums kicking in hard and then David Lee Roth’s distinctive voice.

While the lyrics are far from substantial: “I get up, and nothing gets me down”… that’s about as deep as it gets… the song does know how to get you moving.

In addition to playing non-stop on the radio during 1984 (and the rest of the ’80s for that matter) “Jump” became an unofficial sports anthem for numerous teams.

As for me, I’ve been a Van Halen fan since “1984” came out (damn, was that really 30 years ago) and also thoroughly enjoyed their “Van Hagar” period.

“Jump” reminds me of fun days at the beach, the 1984 Summer Olympics and playing your radio really really loud.

No wonder it’s one of those songs that keeps my feet moving over 26.2 miles.

Enjoy!

VIDEO:

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LYRICS:

I get up, and nothin’ gets me down
You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches and get to what’s real

Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

Ah
Might as well jump
(Jump)
Might as well jump
Go ahead an’ jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump

Ow oh
Hey you
Who said that?
Baby, how you been?
You say you don’t know
You won’t know until you begin

So can’t ya see me standing here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

Ah
Might as well jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump
Might as well jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump
Jump

Might as well jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump
Get it in, jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump

Jump
Jump
Jump
Jump

OTHER GOOD RUNNING SONGS BY VAN HALEN 

  • “Panama”
  • “Dreams”
  • “Can’t Stop Loving You”

Run on!

(Be sure to send me songs that you thing would make good additions to a running mix)

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Posted on June 27, 2014, in General, Training Tunes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh there are thousands, but some of my recent favorites:

    My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ’em Up) — Fall Out Boy
    Joker and the Thief — Wolfmother
    Hell or Hallelujah — KISS
    Last Train Home — Pat Metheny
    Scared — Three Days Grace
    Bring Me to Life — Evanescence
    War — Joe Satriani

    • Thanks…I’ve got a couple of those in my running mix pool… “Bring Me to Life” was one of my first songs to run to and Fall Out Boy has more songs on my mix than anyone else (my favorite group to run to). They’ll be popping up on here shortly. And I’ll be checking out your other songs too.

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