Standing Hampton

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Standing Hampton
Studio album by Sammy Hagar
Released January 1982[1]
Recorded Goodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles, Spring-Summer 1981
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 42:04
Label Geffen
Producer Keith Olsen
Sammy Hagar chronology
Danger Zone
(1980)
Standing Hampton
(1982)
Three Lock Box
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Standing Hampton is a Sammy Hagar solo album, his first after moving from Capitol Records to Geffen. It was his first album to achieve RIAA certification, eventually going platinum,[2] and five of its singles charted in either the mainstream rock or pop singles charts.

The British version of the album was released with a bonus interview 45rpm called Conversations with Sammy Hagar (Geffen XPS 133).

Title and cover art[edit]

Hagar has said that he was originally going to call this album One Way To Rock. It was a British fan who told him of the term that came to be the title. In Cockney rhyming slang, a "Hampton" is a term for a penis. One that is "standing", of course, would be a reference to an erection.[3] This led to the cover art that shows a gentleman greeting a woman in various states of undress. The liner notes on the inner sleeve state that the cover graphics were inspired by the work of Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux.

Song information[edit]

  • "I'll Fall in Love Again" was used in the soundtrack to the film Vision Quest.
  • A couple of non-album tracks, "Don't Get Hooked" and "Satisfied", appeared as B-sides and have not been released in any other format since.
  • "There's Only One Way to Rock" went on to be one of Hagar's biggest solo hits and a signature tune. This song, along with "I Can't Drive 55", were the two Hagar songs that Van Halen consistently played when he joined the band.
  • A different version of the song "Heavy Metal" was used for the soundtrack for the animated movie Heavy Metal.
  • The lyrics to the song "Inside Lookin' In" refers to "ringin' just like one UXB". UXB is an acronym for an "unexploded bomb". No known references to the UK punk band UXB have ever been cited.
  • The lyrics to "Sweet Hitchhiker" refers to "Blaupunkt blastin' my favorite song". Blaupunkt refers to a popular brand of car stereo.
  • "Piece of My Heart" is a cover of the song originally recorded by Erma Franklin and made famous by Janis Joplin.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'll Fall in Love Again" (Sammy Hagar) - 4:15
  2. "There's Only One Way to Rock" (Hagar) - 4:15
  3. "Baby's on Fire" (Hagar) - 3:34
  4. "Can't Get Loose" (Hagar) - 5:39
  5. "Heavy Metal" (Hagar/Jim Peterik) - 3:51
  6. "Baby, It's You" (Hagar) - 4:46
  7. "Surrender" (Chas Sanford) - 3:14
  8. "Inside Lookin' In" (Hagar) - 4:26
  9. "Sweet Hitchhiker" (Hagar/David Lauser) - 4:10
  10. "Piece of My Heart" (Bert Berns/Jerry Ragovoy) - 3:58

Singles[edit]

  • "Heavy Metal" b/w "Don't Get Hooked"/"Satisfied" - UK (Epic EPC A 13 1600)
  • "I'll Fall In Love Again" b/w "Satisfied" - US (Geffen GEF4988 1)
  • "I'll Fall In Love Again" (edit) b/w "I'll Fall In Love Again" (album) - US (Geffen PRO-A-1003)
  • "I'll Fall In Love Again" (edit) b/w "I'll Fall In Love Again" (album) - US (Geffen GEF 49881)
  • "Piece of My Heart" b/w "Baby's On Fire" - US (Geffen GEF 50059)
  • "Piece of My Heart" b/w "Baby's On Fire" - UK (Geffen GEF A 1884)
  • "Piece of My Heart" b/w "Baby's On Fire" - UK (Geffen GEF A 11-1884)
  • "Piece of My Heart" b/w "Baby's On Fire" - Spain (Geffen GEF A 1884)
  • "Piece of My Heart" b/w "Baby's On Fire" - Holland (Geffen GEF A 1884)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 Canadian Albums Chart[4] 39
1982 UK Albums Chart[5] 84
1982 United States Billboard 200[2] 28

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Baby's on Fire" Billboard Mainstream Rock 35
1982 "Can't Get Loose" Billboard Mainstream Rock 49
1982 "I'll Fall in Love Again" Billboard Mainstream Rock 2
1982 "I'll Fall in Love Again" Billboard Pop Singles 43
1982 "Piece of My Heart" Billboard Pop Singles 73
1982 "Piece of My Heart" UK Singles[5] 67
1982 "There's Only One Way to Rock" Billboard Mainstream Rock 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States Platinum[2]

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

Versions[edit]

  • Geffen Records (Japan): 25AP 2247
  • Geffen Records (Japan): MVCG 21004
  • Geffen Records (UK): GEF 85456
  • Geffen Records (Holland): GEF 45456
  • Geffen Records (Germany): GEFD 02006

External links[edit]

Lyrics from Sammy's official site link

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin (1998). The Great Metal Discography. Canongate Books Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 0-86241-727-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2006). The Billboard Albums. Joel Whitburn. p. 438. ISBN 0-89820-166-7. 
  3. ^ Hagar, Sammy, In The Studio, show #305, original airdate: April 25, 1994
  4. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 36, No. 8" (PHP). RPM. April 3, 1982. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Sammy Hagar > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 21, 2014.