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  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LPD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. Poundcake
2. Judgement Day
3. Spanked
4. Runaround
5. Pleasure Dome
6. In 'n' Out
7. Man On A Mission
8. The Dream Is Over
9. Right Now
10. 316
11. Top Of The World

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titolo-for unlawful carnal knowledgeartista-van halen etichetta-warner brosn. dischi1data14 giugno 1991supportocd audiogenerehard rock e metalbrani1. poundcake 2. judgement day 3. spanked 4. runaround 5. pleasure dome 6. in 'n' out 7. man on a mission 8. dream is over, the 9. right now 10. 316 11. top of the world

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2010
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Apparently, someone told Sammy that an acronym of "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" was the true origin of the four-letter word. That aside, it`s a really poor title; even I would have to admit that if VH have a weakness, it is their album titles (apart from their third and fourth albums). I remember buying this on the day of release, after months of fevered, teenage anticipation. In those days you had to wait, no websites around with stolen excerpts to give you any idea what would be coming; although the album opener "Poundcake" was released as a single beforehand and that was more than enough to keep me very interested.

That is a cracking opener; Eddie uses a drill for chrissakes! Near his then-new Peavey Wolfgang! Sammy`s words work better on this album than any other with VH...maybe he was more settled by this album? But they did take a while over this release, so maybe the other band members had a chance to throw out his first batch of pure cheese and he came back with something a bit more grown-up. Some of the songs, like "Judgement Day" and "Pleasure Dome" are lyrically interesting, almost deep, and Eddie explores some new ideas and tricks too, along with the magnificence that we would expect from probably the greatest living guitarist. There are a couple of real clunkers, stinkers even, like "In `N` Out", and "Spanked" (which would make my top three of bad VH songs - there are only about five poor songs on all the records put together, after all), but there`s enough to compensate elsewhere. "Spanked" truly is horrid though.

My favourites are obviously "Poundcake", but "The Dream Is Over" and "Top Of The World" (which picks up the riff that ends the DLR-era classic "Jump") are great feel-good songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2001
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Although I would rate the slightly earlier album, 5150, equally as high as F.U.C.K, this album is clearly a showcase for this legendary band's talents. You can hear the supreme musicianship of Eddie, Alex and Mike on the track Pleasure Dome, and the vocal intensity of Sammy Hagar on almost all the other tracks. I definitely rate Sammy Hagar higher than David Lee Roth as a singer and this album shows why. From Eddie's electric drill in Poundcake to the thundering drums on Pleasure Dome, this is a rock album which has to be experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 1 Oct. 2007
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The third Van Hagar album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, is the most pedestrian of all of Van Halen's albums. This is easily the worst Van Hagar album. Not that it's bad, just rather average. Of the four Van Halen albums with Sammy, this one sounds the most like his solo career, with the only difference being some good guitar licks from Maestro Eddie

In many ways, this album marks the end of an area. Though no one knew it at the time, alterative was poised to overthrow hair metal and was about to become a dominant, musical cultural force. Van Halen released this album in June of 1991, a mere three months before Nirvana released NEVERMIND, the album that would change everything in the rock landscape. Van Halen's catalogue up to this point has always been primary had a party atmosphere, and this album is the last in the celebration line. Balance, the 1995 followup to this album, is a much darker affair, and VAN HALEN III Eddie changed directions both for the band image and the lyrical direction completely. In many ways, this is the last feel-good, everything's a party atmosphere that so dominated Van Halen as a band. Sammy Hager, however, is still cashing in on that atmosphere (just like at his hard-rock send up of Jimmy Buffet in "Livin' It Up" from 2006).

The album title is a well known acronym. Originally, Sammy Hagar just wanted to call the album "F--- " in a attempt to press the censorship issues, but after being told by his boxing friend Ray Boom Boom Mancini that word is an acronym for "for unlawful carnal knowledge," he back away from this flat vulgarity and went with this title. Promo material made a big deal out of this, with T-shirts sold during the 1991 tour having the title written vertical on the t-shirt with the first letter written in bright red.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Small on 7 Oct. 2003
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After David Lee Roth left Van Halen in the mid 80's and Sammy Hagar replaced him, the debate continues about who was the best.
Me? - I like them both!
This is the third of four studio albums that Van Halen released, with Sammy Hagar as the bands singer, between 1986 and 1995.
To me it's the weakest of the four records.
Personally, I think that a few of the songs, like "Spanked" and "Man on a Mission" let the album down, and to me it's not a true representation of Van Halen at their best.
F.U.C.K. is still a good record, and worth having, particularly for some of the better moments like "Poundcake", "Judgement Day" and "The Dream is Over", but if you're new to Van Halen, check out one of their other albums (either the earlier David Lee Roth stuff or other Sammy Hagar recordings) first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
By the time this album was released Sammy Hagar had proven himself to be worthy of being Van Halen vocalist and i think for the first time gets to sing like he likes to sing. Maybe this is one reason this album still seems to be the most mature of the 90's Van Halen albums. It has the feeling of enjoyment of making and playing the music and it sounds so relaxed, contrary of other 90's albums. One of the alltime favourites on my collection and one of the best Van Halen albums.
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