I'm glad this thread has some new life!
I absolutely love
Alex Van Halen's style of play, mostly because lots of times I can't figure out what he's doing! He plays with such power, yet there's always an undercurrent of nuance that you just can't put your finger on (at least that's how it is for me).
And his style and sound are very unique, even for a rock drummer. He plays and sounds very different from his contemporaries. I do think that his cymbal play is somewhat over the top, as in, a little too much, but hey - that's Alex! One of my favorite songs is "Loss of Control", as mentioned by mikeybbdrummin
above; a very underrated song in my book.
I had a go a little while back at covering my favorite Van Halen song, "Girl Gone Bad
". To me this is Van Halen's most underrated song; underrated because I think it's so good musically, by all the band members.
Bottom line is that he's in my elite list of favorite drummers, and I hope to cover another of his songs soon. Alex Van Halen rocks.