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On this day in music history: May 24, 1988 - “OU812”, the eighth studio album by Van Halen is released. Produced by Van Halen and Donn Landee, it is recorded at 5150 Studios in Hollywood, CA from September 1987 - April 1988. After the multi-platinum chart topping success of “5150”, their first release with new lead singer Sammy Hagar, they return to the studio in the Fall of 1987 after taking break following their extensive US tour which also produces the concert video “Live Without A Net”. The new albums title is a humorous conjunction of the phrase “Oh, You Ate One Too”, featuring a stark black & white band photo shot in a similar style to The Beatles “With The Beatles/Meet The Beatles” cover. The album is dedicated to the memory of Eddie and Alex Van Halen’s father Jan who passes away in December of 1986. Well received by fans but receiving a mixed response from critics, it spins off four singles including “When It’s Love” (#5 Pop, #1 Mainstream Rock), “Finish What Ya Started” (#13 Pop, #2 Mainstream Rock), and “Black & Blue” (#34 Pop, #1 Mainstream Rock). “OU812” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.