Just Like Paradise

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"Just Like Paradise"
David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise.jpg
Single by David Lee Roth
from the album Skyscraper
Released December 30, 1987[1]
Recorded 1987
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 4:03
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) David Lee Roth, Brett Tuggle
Producer(s) David Lee Roth, Steve Vai
David Lee Roth singles chronology
"Tobacco Road"
(1986)
"Just Like Paradise"
(1988)
"Stand Up"
(1988)

"Just Like Paradise" is a song by American rock singer David Lee Roth. Released after he left Van Halen, it was produced by Roth and guitarist Steve Vai. The lead single from Roth's second solo album, 1988's Skyscraper, it reached the top 10 in the United States and Canada.

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was released in January 1988.[2] Like other Roth videos, it heavily featured live stage performance. Between are clips of Roth rock climbing at Half Dome shot by Emmy Award winning mountain climbing photographer David Breashears.[3][4] "I started climbing when I was eleven, in the Boy Scouts," he recalled. "It was a natural thing, plus you add in the books and comics and the movies. I'd say, 'Aw, I don't want to be the actor, I wanna go to Arabia!"[5] The video concludes with Roth on a 28-foot surfboard gliding across a concert crowd.[6] "You ask four different people their impression of [the surfboard], you get six different responses," he observed. "I had a driver called Cowboy, a chopper pilot during the Tet Offensive. He said to me one day at rehearsal, 'Goddamn Dave: that reminds me of 'Nam… contour-flying over a hostile landing zone!' Then again, everything reminded Cowboy of 'Nam!"[5]

Release and reception[edit]

Released in 1987, "Just Like Paradise" entered the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1988 and peaked at number six in March.[7] It reached number four on the Singles Sales chart and eight on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[7] It also spent four weeks atop the Mainstream Rock chart.[7] The song peaked at eight in Canada,[8] number 27 in the United Kingdom,[9] number 13 in New Zealand, and number 77 in the Netherlands.[10]

Music critic Charles Bottomley called the song "a polished ode to decadence, with a chorus you would be unashamed to punch the air to".[11] Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia described it as an "ultra-saccharine" single that tries "too hard to achieve an exaggerated pop sheen".[12]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
  1. "Just Like Paradise" (Roth, Tuggle) - 4:03
  2. "The Bottom Line" (Roth, Vai) - 3:37
12" Vinyl (UK)
  1. "Just Like Paradise" (Roth, Tuggle) - 4:03
  2. "The Bottom Line" (Roth, Vai) - 3:37
  3. "Yankee Rose" (Roth, Vai) - 3:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[8] 8
Dutch Top 40[10] 77
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[10] 13
UK Singles Chart[9] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 6
U.S. Album Rock Tracks[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Best" cd liner notes (1997)
  2. ^ "David Lee Roth - "Just like Paradise"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ David Breashears (2008-10-11). "Filmography: David Breashears". DavidBreashears.com. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  4. ^ Jeff Giles (2013-10-11). "Weekend Songs: David Lee Roth, 'Just Like Paradise'". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b Swift, David (December 3, 1988). "I laugh to win". NME: 20. 
  6. ^ "David Lee Roth On Larry King 1988". youtube.com. 1988-01-22. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 543. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0. 
  8. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. 47 (23). 1988-03-26. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  9. ^ a b "David Lee Roth - 'Just Like Paradise'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  10. ^ a b c "David Lee Roth - 'Just Like Paradise'". Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  11. ^ Buckley, Peter (Ed.) (2003). The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 887. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. 
  12. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Skyscraper - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 

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