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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2008) For the dessert, see pound cake. "Poundcake" Single by Van Halen from the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Released June 18, 1991 Recorded 1990 Genre Hard rock Length 5:22 Label Warner Bros. Writer(s) Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen Producer Andy Johns, Ted Templeman, Van Halen "Poundcake" is a Van Halen song and the opening track on their 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. "Poundcake" was the first song to be released as a single from the album making #1 on U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and #74 in the UK Singles Chart. Contents 1 Song characteristics 2 Power drill 3 Music video 4 In pop culture 5 External links // Song characteristics It is a double entendre for dessert and sex, with a party attitude and a rounding backbeat. A cowbell can be heard during some parts of the song's bridge and solo (it is unclear if this is played by Sammy Hagar or Alex Van Halen). The song has acquired a reputation as a test of harmonic guitar technique, because the riff and melody employ countertapping and semibarres, while the main melody is played with harmonic pull offs. The 'full' guitar sound is achieved with use of streaming harmonics, which may or may not have been amplified by an effects pedal. The major third interval on a normally tuned string contributes to the overblown guitar sound (major thirds are widely acknowledged to sound full and overbearing on a distorted tube amp, which is why most major thirds Van Halen play are A barres with the B string slightly detuned). It is generally a song which uses many facets of the Van Halen technique, and it is a popular cover song on YouTube (occasionally being medlyed with other songs with the same characteristics, such as "Mean Street" and "Ain't Talkin bout Love"). Power drill The song features Eddie Van Halen using the sound of a power drill both in the introduction and during the guitar solo. Using a power drill in conjunction with electric guitar was not a new concept as Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan had used them while playing with Mr. Big. Gilbert had previously used the electric drill during live solos while touring with the band Racer X in the mid 1980s. Here he would use the drill as a method of tremolo picking, as later employed by Mr. Big. He would also use the electromagnetic interference generated by the drill's electric motor. The pitch of the sound changed with speed of the drill and the volume of the sound changed with the proximity of the drill to the guitar's pickups, letting him actually play notes in a method similar to that used with a theremin. This is the same technique used by Van Halen in Poundcake. Music video The music video for "Poundcake," directed by Andy Morahan, shows Eddie using the technique with a Makita cordless power drill painted in his trademark red, black and white stripes. The video itself cuts between scenes of the band playing and a woman who wishes to audition as a stripper. After hesitantly but extensively spying on other girls inside the changing room through a hole in the glass door, she leaves after being assaulted by one of the others using a large drill. The moral of the song is that she decides she will be a more real woman by being wholesome & down to earth (like a homely poundcake), rather than a wild stripper. The video is also preceded with a young girl describing what "little girls are made of", and ends with an outtake of her as well. In pop culture The song was used by pro wrestler Rob Van Dam as his entrance music, when he debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996. External links Pound Cake video from VH1Classic.com v • d • e Van Halen singles discography Van Halen "You Really Got Me" · "Runnin' with the Devil" · "Jamie's Cryin'" · "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" Van Halen II "Dance the Night Away" · "Beautiful Girls" Women and Children First "And the Cradle Will Rock..." Fair Warning "So This Is Love?" · "Unchained" Diver Down "(Oh) Pretty Woman" · "Dancing in the Street" · "Where Have All the Good Times Gone!" 1984 "Jump" · "I'll Wait" · "Panama" · "Hot for Teacher" 5150 "Why Can't This Be Love" · "Dreams" · "Love Walks In" OU812 "When It's Love" · "Black and Blue" · "Finish What Ya Started" For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge "Poundcake" · "Runaround" · "Top of the World" · "Right Now" · Live: Right Here, Right Now "Jump" (live) · "Won't Get Fooled Again" (live) Balance "The Seventh Seal" · "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" · "Can't Stop Lovin' You" · "Not Enough" · "Amsterdam" Twister soundtrack "Humans Being" Best of Volume I "Me Wise Magic" · "Can't Get This Stuff No More" Van Halen III "Without You" · "Fire in the Hole"