The Wisdom of Mick Mars

File:Mick Mars 2005.jpgMötley Crüe’s 2002 oral history The Dirt deserves its notoriety. Gentle readers are forced to reconsider the uses of Christmas trees, cat litter boxes, and hotel room telephones. Lead guitarist Mick Mars’ chapters were all highlights. 

“I was born B.A.D.–Bob Alan Deal.’

“Everyone likes to look for aliens, but I think we are the aliens. We’re the descendants of the troublemakers on other planets, just like Australia was a prison to England… This is where they dropped us off. We’re the insane fucking people from somewhere else, just a bunch of trash.”

“I question a lot of things and form my own opinions. They’re just as valid as a rocket scientist’s or anyone else’s. Who says you have to believe something because you read it in a book or saw pictures. Who is it that gets to say, ‘That’s the way it is’?”

“To quote Andy Warhol, ‘Everybody has fifteen minutes of fame.’ To quote myself, ‘I wish they didn’t.'”

“Have you ever had anyone call the police or security or security or your landlord on you for playing your music too loud? How can such a beautiful thing be pissed on so much? If you’re at home playing a good album, and some nosy-ass neighbor claims he can’t hear his TV, why does your music have to suffer so he can watch his TV? I say, ‘Too bad for the neighbor.'”

“People who have had near-death experiences always say they enter a tunnel, and at the end of the tunnel there is a light. I like to think that when you die, you go through the tunnel, and when you get to the other end, you are reborn. The tunnel is the birth canal, and the light at the end of the tunnel is the hospital maternity ward, where your new life awaits. you.”

“When you get older, you worry about death and your own mortality a lot more than when you’re younger. However, with cloning (which I’m sure has already been done with humans in secret), we’re just one step away from scientific resurrection for the chosen ones (that is, the rich).”

“Grown men who cry in the middle of a fucking crisis will die, because you can bet your ass that the enemy won’t be crying. They’ll be killing your weak ass while you cry!”

“Every person in the world has good qualities and shortcomings. And I guess we started making the mistake of focusing on the shortcomings of each person instead of looking at what their best asset was and what they contributed to the band.”

“And speaking of dinosaurs, what yuppie asshole decided that they should be depicted in all these bright, brilliant colors? Was it Martha Stewart? Clearly, we have reconstructed dinosaurs from bones, so there is no evidence that they were the colors of kids’ toys.”

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that overconfidence is the same thing as arrogance.”

Excerpted from Motley Crue: The Dirt, Harper Collins, 2001.

Photo: Alec MacKellaig

Suge Knight Plays Football with John Kennedy Jr.

Erstwhile music producer and executive Marion “Suge” Knight (second from the left, front row) played college football for two years. George magazine publisher John Kennedy Jr. (on the right of the first row) was a member of a family who iconified their games of touch football. At the home of Interscope Records and Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine, the men played football together. This photograph is a screenshot from the Netflix documentary series The Defiant Ones. 

6,000 Schoolchildren Screaming “No!”

“Nancy Reagan brought her anti-drug campaign to Los Angeles Wednesday, joining thousands of screaming schoolchildren in a rally to ‘Just Say No’ to drugs.

About 6,000 children from area schools, the majority wearing green ‘Just Say No’ T-shirts, waved green flags and cheered performers and speakers alike throughout the two-hour rally at Universal Amphitheatre.

The First Lady joined country and western singer Larry Gatlin, child actress Soleil Moon Frye and other young stars of television’s Punky Brewster Show, C. B. Barnes of Starman as well as Voyager pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager for the event, which was part of a national ‘Just Say No’ Week…

…’Positive peer pressure works,’ Mrs. Reagan, who is honorary chairman of The Just Say No Foundation, told the youngsters. ‘We want you to stay just like you are. You’re our hope and our promise for the future.’

‘I’m lucky I’m here,’ Gatlin told the crowd before he sang a song he wrote about a drug addict who killed himself. ‘Drugs and alcohol nearly killed me.’

Three years ago, he added, ‘I was crawling around the floor picking up lint out of the carpet, putting it in a free-base pot.’ Now, he said, he has been off drugs and alcohol for ‘882 days.’

‘We can put blockades up, we can arrest people,’ pilot Rutan said, ‘but there’s only one way you’re surely going to stop drugs, and that’s supply and demand. Stop the demand and we won’t have to worry about the supply.’

‘I’m glad I’m here because of my awareness of drugs,’ said Danielle Walsmith, 12, a student at Castlemont School in Tarzana, then added, ‘and I really want to see Soleil Moon Frye.’

‘So, we’ll practice,’  Mrs. Reagan said. ‘What will you do if somebody offers you drugs?’

‘Noooo! Just say noooo!’ the children responded, delightedly yelling it again and again when the First Lady cupped a hand to her ear, pretending that she could not hear them.”

6,000 Echo First Lady’s ‘Just Say No’ May 14, 1987, Penelope McMillan, Times Staff Writer.