1986 David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em And Smile

Eat ‘Em And Smile is the debut full-length solo album by original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth, released on July 7, 1986.

After releasing Crazy from the Heat, an EP of lounge standards that became a surprise hit during early 1985, and subsequently parting ways with Van Halen while the band was at its commercial zenith, Roth assembled a new backing band: bassist Billy Sheehan (later of Mr. Big); drummer Gregg Bissonette (later of Ringo Starr and Elton John, among others); and guitarist Steve Vai, who had worked previously with Frank Zappa, PiL and Alcatrazz.


Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 03:54
2  Shyboy (Billy Sheehan) 03:24
3  I’m Easy (Billy Field; Tom Price) 02:11
4  Ladies’ Nite In Buffalo? (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 04:08
Goin’ Crazy! (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 03:10
6  Tobacco Road (John Loudermilk) 02:29
7  Elephant Gun (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 02:26
8  Big Trouble (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 03:59
9  Bump And Grind (David Lee Roth; Steve Vai) 02:32
10  That’s Life (Dean Kay; Kelly Gordon) 02:45


BassBilly Sheehan
DrumsGregg Bissonette
GuitarSteve Vai
VocalsDavid Lee Roth

Other Musicians

1 Yankee Rose

SynthesizerJeff Bova

2 Shyboy

Background VocalsBilly Sheehan

3 I’m Easy

Background VocalsBilly Sheehan
Background VocalsGregg Bissonette

4 Ladies’ Nite In Buffalo?

SynthesizerJesse Harms

5 Goin’ Crazy!

SynthesizerJeff Bova
PercussionSammy Figueroa
Background VocalsBilly Sheehan

6 Tobacco Road

KeyboardsJesse Harms
Background VocalsBilly Sheehan

10 That’s Life

Electric PianoJesse Harms
Background VocalsThe Waters


Strings – The Sidney Sharp Strings (Track 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – Ted Templeman
Arranged By – David Lee Roth (Track 2)
Arranged By (Horns) – Steve Vai (Track 3)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Jimmie Haskell (Track 10)
Engineer – Jeff Hendrickson
Engineer (Additional, Horns, Strings) – Lee Herschberg (Track 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael Bowman, Michael Christopher (2), Tom Size
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg

Art Direction – Vigon Seireeni
Design – David Lee Roth, Pete Angelus
Photography – Raul Vega, Neil Zlozower

Mastered At Masterdisk
Recorded At Power Station
Recorded At Can-Am Recorders
Phonographic Copyright Warner Bros. Records Inc
Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc