Talk:Van Halen discography

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Video Games[edit]

The band have been in some game soundtracks, anyone able to find a list? (The Elfoid 01:03, 21 August 2007 (UTC))

First?[edit]

   * First and best selling album
   * First album with David Lee Roth on vocals

The second line looks rather... silly :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marijnvdzaag (talkcontribs) 04:28, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Van Halen discography[edit]

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Reference named "RIAA":

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German chart positions are wrong[edit]

I have other numbers, also for the albums before the ones given on the webpage see http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Van+Halen/?type=longplay —Preceding unsigned comment added by 132.187.191.1 (talk) 11:23, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Color-coding[edit]

I color-coded the article by lead singer so that casual readers could tell with songs were sung by whom. It was reverted, with the explanation being that the colors were "oddly distracting," and fans would know who sang what anyway. But I didn't do it for fans, since the page isn't just for die-hard Van Halen fans. As a casual fan who doesn't have that information memorized, I find it useful. Does anybody else find it distracting? Or should I revert the reversion? I understand if you want to change Cherone's color, but most Van Halen fans don't seem to mind when Cherone gets the short end of the stick.... Calbaer (talk) 06:02, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

  • It's distracting because it's not obvious what the colors mean. No one is going to scroll down, see the colors, and then scroll all the way back up to the lead and read the last sentence to discover why they are colored that way. Is there a precedent for anything like this at any other band discographies where there are significant lineup changes? If not, I'd recommend against it. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 14:40, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Fair point about obviousness, although that can easily be remedied by changing the location (to be at the beginning of each section where it applies) and the markup:
Legend: Non-compilation albums and singles are color-coded by lead singer:
  • blue for Roth
  • yellow for Hagar
  • red for Cherone
That's going to be hard to miss. As for precedent, I would hope that "that's just the way it is" wouldn't be an impediment to innovation (however small) in Wikipedia articles. (Also, it applies to relatively few bands, since most bands don't change lead singers, and most of those that do change either never look back or have had too many lead singers to even try to color-code. The fact that Van Halen had six lead-singer eras but only three lead singers makes them an ideal candidate for this.) Calbaer (talk) 05:57, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Hm, well you can give it a shot. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 12:35, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
This might be a slightly more subtle color scheme: Calbaer (talk) 06:14, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
1995 Balance
  • Released: January 24, 1995
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP, Digital
1 2 9 6 18 5 5 17 7 16 8 US: 3× Platinum
CAN: 3× Platinum
BRA: Gold
1998 Van Halen III
  • Released: March 17, 1998
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP, Digital
4 4 8 38 23 24 7 39 5 29 13 14 43 US: Gold
2012 A Different Kind of Truth
  • Released: February 7, 2012
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: CD, Digital, LP
2 3 4 6 17 12 8 4 3 9 8 14 6 CAN: Gold

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