On this day in music history: June 17, 1991 – “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, the ninth studio album by Van Halen is released. Produced by Andy Johns, Ted Templeman and Van Halen, it is recorded at 5150 Studios in Hollywood, CA from March 1990 – April 1991. The albums’ title is inspired when Sammy Hagar, wanting to stir things up and make a statement against the tide of censorship sweeping the media at the time, suggests that the band title their latest album “F***”. Hagar’s friend, boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini tells him that the expletive “f***” is actually an acronym for the phrase “for unlawful carnal knowledge”. The album also marks the return of the bands original producer Ted Templeman, whom the band had been estranged from for many years. In spite of mostly mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it is warmly received by the bands loyal fans. It spins off four singles including “Poundcake” (#1 Album Rock) and “Right Now” (#2 Album Rock, #55 Pop). The latter is supported by a music video (directed by Mark Fenske) whose unique concept and graphic style makes it an instant staple on MTV, winning three Video Music Awards including Video Of The Year in 1992. The album also wins Van Halen their first (and so far only) Grammy Award for Best Hard Performance in 1992. “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” enters the Billboard Top 200 at number one, spending three weeks at the top, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.