Top 10 Motley Crue Songs

Well it appears that Mötley Crüe is really going to call it quits, for reals this time. I guess every good thing needs to come to an end.  Maybe I just don’t feel that its time.  Maybe I am in denial the transition from my youth.  Motley Crue has been with me since I first heard them at age 11.  I remember one of my friends picking up the cassette while on a school trip to Pier 39 in San Francisco some time early in 1982. I remember listing to it on my walkman on the way home.  I remember my friend Robert having all their posters and covers from Hit Parader and all other relevant magazines as well as band flag etc all hanging in his room.  I was able to see them in concert a couple as times as well.

Anyway enough with the memory lane… Here are 10 of my favorite tracks.

Kick Start My Heart

From: ‘Dr. Feelgood‘ (1989)

On With the Show

From ‘Too Fast for Love’ (1981)

‘Looks That Kill’

From: ‘Shout at the Devil‘ (1983)

 

‘Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)’

From: ‘Dr. Feelgood‘ (1989)

 

‘Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)’

From: ‘Dr. Feelgood‘ (1989)

‘Shout at the Devil’

From: ‘Shout at the Devil‘ (1983)

‘Wild Side’

From: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls‘ (1987)

 

‘Too Young To Fall in Love’

From: ‘Shout at the Devil‘ (1983)

 

‘Smokin in the Boy’s Room’

From ‘Theatre of Pain’ (1985)

 

‘Girls, Girls, Girls’

From: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls‘ (1987)

How to Win at the Sport of Business

Mark Cuban's How to Win at BusinessI have been reading some business books lately in between my history/biographies.  I picked up Mark Cuban’s  How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It on Amazon for the kindle for $1.99. It was a quick read but I cannot believe the advice and ideas that it has spawned for me. I highly recommend this for anyone who works for a living.

Some of the best advice I found.

Use EVERY opportunity that comes your way to learn. Use this knowledge to get/stay ahead of your competition.

I have long believed that you should constantly build your knowledge of what ever it is you do in business.  It will open doors, always.

It is never too late to find your passion/start your career/have a big idea. In business, it doesn’t matter how many times you “fail”. You only need to “get it right” once to start your path to success.

You can do anything you put your mind to it.  You only have to be right once in business to become better off.

People will ALWAYS choose the path of least resistance.

I have had this same thought forever.  Mark manages to explain it better.  Mark uses business case scenarios in his life that prove that the easier it is for the customer to do business with you the better off your business will be.  Going along with Christiansens’ Disruptive Innovation ideas is that a company that makes it easier for the customer will always win and disrupt the business of the competition.

In my mind it also means that people at work always choose the easiest way out when possible and when unmotivated.  I think I could write a book on this point just from my day job.

Whining is the first step towards change. It’s the moment when you realize something is very wrong and that you have to take the initiative to do something about it. Sure, criticism usually comes along with the territory. Who cares?

This is brilliant or maybe it fits my mantra.  I complain because I want to and believe that I can change the situation.  I can’t do those things if those higher in the food chain than I don’t know there is a problem.

John Lennon’s Musical Legacy Still Influences Me

It Was Over 35 Years Ago Today, John Lennon Lost His Life

When John Lennon was killed by a mad man (I refuse to use his name.), I barely had any idea of his musical genius. I distinctively remember watching it on the news. I couldn’t grasp why a crazed fan would kill his hero.

I had heard the Beatles and some of his solo stuff but it wasn’t until later when I became a true music junkie that he impacted me.

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

Today is the 35th anniversary of his demise and I would like to share mostly for my kids my favorite songs by John. These are in no particular order.

“Watching the Wheels” From: ‘Double Fantasy’

“Imagine” From: ‘Imagine’ (1971)

“Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” Single (1970)

“(Just Like) Starting Over” From: ‘Double Fantasy’ (1980)

“Nobody Told Me” From: ‘Milk and Honey’ (1984)

“Woman” From: ‘Double Fantasy’ (1980)

“Working Class Hero” From: ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ (1970)

‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ From ‘Help!’ (1965)

‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’ From ‘Rubber Soul’ (1965)

Strawberry Fields Forever’ From ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ (1967)

Photo Credits: John Lennon from John Lennon Archive  ©Yoko Ono

My favorite version of Crosby, Stills, & Nash’s – Suite Judy Blue Eyes

The song was written by Steven Stills to his then girlfriend singer Judy Collins.

In the 1991 boxed set of CSN work, Stills said: “It started out as a long narrative poem about my relationship with Judy. It poured out of me over many months and filled several notebooks. I had a hell of a time getting the music to fit. I was left with all these pieces of song and I said, ‘Let’s sing them together and call it a suite,’ because they were all about the same thing and they led up to the same point.”

The recording features an acoustic guitar tuned to EEEEBE  also known as “The Bruce Palmer Modal Tuning”.  Palmer was the bassist for Buffalo Springfield.