Playlist::Stationary Bike [Eclectic Mix]

An odd-ball mix of songs which range from moderate (Tarzan Boy) to super fast (The Rockafeller Skank – in some parts) and from pop (The Monkees) to 80s rock (Mötley Crüe). I’m now wearing 2 lb. weights on my wrists and trying various speeds and resistance during the workout. These songs are in no particular order except for the last two which I use to wind-down.

Songs without embedded videos contain links to them on YouTube (Which will open in a new browser window).

8 songs
30 minutes

East Bound and Down
from “Smokey and the Bandit”
Jerry Reed & Bill Justis
The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim

Fell in love with this song after hearing it in the movie “She’s All That”.

Valleri The Monkees

Cocaine Cowboys CRASHDÏET

The Dirt (Est. 1981) (featuring Machine Gun Kelly) Mötley Crüe

Blood on Blood ToxicRose

Elderberry Wine Elton John
Tarzan Boy Baltimora

The opening theme for AEW wrestler Jungle Boy
(aka “Jungle” Jack Perry, son of Luke Perry)

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Playlist::Power Walk 6

I’m constantly creating new playlists for my Power Walks. Any new song I add to iTunes is my “favorite” one at the moment. Of course, I never tire of CRASHDÏET’s “Chemical” or the Black Veil Brides’ “In The End” – these are the songs I most often SPRINT to. Did I mention I cannot “jog”? Everyone’s anatomy is different and mine doesn’t do jogging. I feel it instantly in my knees. I can high-impact aerobics until the cows come home and I can RUN VERY FAST for short increments without any complaints from my body.

In Junior High I participated in track (or track-and-field). I was good at two events:  Standing Broad Jump (I could jump a little over 6′ which for someone 5′ tall was evidently quite good.) and the 50-Yard Dash.

When I entered High School my petite stature failed me in the 50-Yard Dash, as there were plenty of girls who were much taller – with longer legs to match. But I could still jump like a grasshopper!

Interspersing sprints in my Power Walk acts in the way High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) does. I also found that because I “bounce” along at a good clip, I was putting my calves, thighs (upper, inner, everywhere), and glutes through their paces!

Plus I’m getting fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of entertainment along the way. This morning I passed a lone goose who was keeping an eye on me as I approached, then decided I was no threat and started plucking the grass blades at its feet (Or maybe it was just PRETENDING to ignore me so it could bite me in the butt as I bounced by…). No longer had I passed the goose when I heard it make a HORRIBLE RACKET. This was over the music which I had turned up fairly loud. Turning around I saw a woman walking her German Shepherd behind me and the goose was giving the dog HELL. The dog did not know what to make of this creature. Finally the goose flew off onto the roof of an apartment house across the street. The dog’s owner and I both shook our heads and laughed – then we all went on our way. With Nature I’ve found, there’s never a dull moment.

I put together this particular Playlist to span 1-1/4 miles (It takes me 22 minutes to walk a mile.) and match my preferred walking pace. Enjoy!

Songs without embedded videos contain links to them on YouTube (Which will open in a new browser window).

9 songs
34 minutes

In The End Black Veil Brides
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon

My favorite Elton JOHN song. It reminds me of Summer…


The War Song Culture Club

Keep It Comin’ Love KC & The Sunshine Band
Chemical CRASHDÏET
Rock the Night Europe
The Boys Are Back In Town The Bus Boys

Little Bit O’ Soul The Music Explosion

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Playlist::Power Walk 5

We are having a rare spell of warm weather here in the Bay Area. It’s 75° right now and supposed to get up to 77° by 3:00! What better way to celebrate than to Power Walk around the neighborhood enjoying the sunshine (Vitamin D baby.), fresh air, and killer tunes!

17 songs
1 hour, 9 minutes

Black Veil Brides
A new favorite.

– and I cannot get enough of this song!!


Chemical


CRASHDÏET

Flashback Heart Attack E-ZO

Crazy Nights Loudness
Get the Funk Out Extreme
(You Can Still) Rock in America Night Ranger

You can still Rock in America? FUCK YEAH!


Sheena is a Punk Rocker Ramones
Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet
Once Bitten, Twice Shy Great White

Rock the Night Europe

Fire Woman The Cult

Sunday Bloody Sunday U2
Boys Are Back in Town The Busboys
Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) Cher

The Reflex Duran Duran
Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders

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Shattered Glass and Broken Bones*

CRASHDÏET was formed in 2000 and produced two albums:  Rest in Sleaze (2005, with singer Dave Lepard) and The Unattractive Revolution (2007, with H. Oliver Twisted on vocals) prior to releasing Generation Wild in 2010 which featured (yet another) singer, Simon Cruz.

I was late in discovering this Swedish glam metal band and have since become totally enamored with them.

Generation Wild is a nod to all the bands I loved (and still love) from the 80’s:  Mötley Crüe, Hanoi Rocks, Dokken, Ratt, Cinderella, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Europe, and Skid Row. Since downloading on Monday I’ve been listening to it non-stop on my Power Walks and cannot say enough great things about it.

Showing great range and versatility, CRASHDÏET couldn’t have picked a better vocalist than Simon Cruz. The whole band does an incredible job of taking us back to that Decade of Decadence. The 80’s.

I regard CRASHDÏET as an original band with their hearts and souls firmly entrenched in LA-based Hair Metal sound. Kudos to them! Any references to other bands are made with regard to the “flavor” of the songs. The music and vocals truly belong to CRASHDÏET. With that said, here’s my take on Generation Wild:

  1. 442
    A short instrumental. Sets the tone for the whole shebang.
  2. Armageddon
    Driving beat with a large sound reminiscent of Europe.
  3. So Alive
    A little faster than the previous song, it’s great for Power-Walking. The rhythm and guitars remind me a bit of Ratt.
  4. Generation Wild
    This is the song/video that served as my introduction to CRASHDÏET.
  5. Rebel
    Perfect for driving at breakneck speed (or running). Many of the songs on the album show a Skid Row influence – like Rebel. (I read somewhere that the band absolutely loves Skid Row, so this comes as no surprise!) A touch of Hanoi Rocks style of punk rock, as well.
  6. Save Her
    Evokes I Remember You by Skid Row. Cruz’s vocals are emotionally powerful. This one grew on me.
  7. Down With the Dust
    Another fast, hard-driving song. Beautiful dueling guitars.
  8. Native Nature
    Aaah, this one’s definitely got Skid Row all over it – with a bit of Mötley Crüe thrown in for good measure. Transitioning from low growl to clear highs and back again is a walk in the park for Cruz.
  9. Chemical
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! It’s my new favorite song EVER. A little pop-metal à la Pretty Boy Floyd – but I dare you to resist it. It’s got hooks sharper than a Saracen blade. (The last incline I take is very long and very steep and I used to just plow my way up. Now I tune into Chemical and when that chorus kicks in sprint the rest of the way!)
  10. All I need is another hit, yeah
    One last fix to keep the blues at bay
    All I need is another kick just
    One last kiss of death then I’ll be on my way

  11. Bound to Fall
    This one reminded me of Dokken (It’s Not Love). Nice bass. Don’t miss the acoustic bit at the end of this video:
  12. Beautiful Pain
    I’ll admit I’m not especially fond of ballads, but here you go. Snaps for the pretty guitar work.

CRASHDÏET has that fucking cooler-than-shit sleaze-metal look, too! Straight out of L.A.
(If only it wasn’t so COLD in Sweden…)

* From their single Generation Wild

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Playlist::Power Walk 4

Power Walks: Walking briskly on hilly roads while wearing 1-pound weighted hand gloves. I do a 3-mile lap around the neighborhood which takes about 50 minutes – after which I perform my normal 30-minute workout (weight-training, abdominal & butt-sculpting, stretches).

I prefer tunes with a fast tempo, not unlike those I use during my indoor cardio workouts.

18 songs
1 hour, 7 minutes

(Lotsa Videos in this Post…)

Summertime Girls

Y&T
Me Against the World Lizzy Borden
Nessun Dorma

Manowar
Metal Nations London
Send Me an Angel Real Life

(One of my favorite videos – EVER.)

Generation Wild
Reptile
Rust

CRASHDÏET
Shut Eyes Miss Crazy
You Don’t Have to Ask Me Twice Nia Peeples
You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come) Vince Neil
Prime Mover Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
(These guys look like they come from East Side SJ, but they’re British!)

(Check out that HOT drummer, Robbie Vomm.)

Sombody Save Me Cindrella
For the Love of Money
Smooth Up In Ya
Bulletboys
Trick Of The Wrist Michael Monroe

(Another very favorite video.)

All We Are
I Rule the Ruins
Warlock

(Had the pleasure of seeing Warlock in 1988
and giving Doro Pesch a bouquet of red roses while she was onstage.)

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