Unchained (song)

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Single by Van Halen
from the album Fair Warning
A-side "Unchained"
B-side "Sinners Swing!"
Released July 1981
Recorded Early March-early April 1981[1]
Genre Hard rock,[2] heavy metal
Length 3:29
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth.
Producer(s) Ted Templeman

"Unchained" is a song from Van Halen's fourth album, Fair Warning. Vocalist David Lee Roth's working title for the song was "Hit the Ground Running". The song features prominent use of the MXR M-117 flanger, which became a popular sound and spurred sales of the pedal. A preset for the flanger was also included on the EVH Flanger MXR pedal. It uses a drop-C♯ tuning with suspended fourth chords interspersed. The song is notable for being producer Ted Templeman's only vocal contribution to the band when he says "Come on, Dave, gimme a break!" during the interlude of the song.[3]

Comedian Jay Mohr has used the song as an intro for both his Mohr Stories podcast and his Fox Sports Radio show, Jay Mohr Sports.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "AesthetiX Choice: Top 20 Van Halen Songs". Listal.com. Listal.com. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Hann, Michael (12 January 2012). "Old music: Van Halen – Unchained". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Unchained". Van Halen News Desk. Retrieved 8 June 2014.