A lot of good product ideas come from listening to those small annoyances. It’s not the big stuff. Everybody knows the big stuff. You listen to the little things – I have a friend who says, “You pick one thing at random and say, ‘What if this were 100 times more important? What would the product look like?’” That’s a fun exercise to do.
Another post from my Tumblr about obscure music!
A bunch of Youtube commenters are complaining that “Cough It Out” isn’t the classic Front Bottoms sound and they don’t like the changes, but I think this song and video get at some of my favorite things about the Front Bottoms from before they were “big”. I remember one of their early songs from before they were signed with an crappy music video that was just the drummer Mathew running as hard as he could down the street for the whole song, and I loved it to death. I’m actually sad I can’t find the old video right now, but this video takes me back. I think the lyrics have all of the Front Bottom’s bare honesty that makes me love them, and the singer Brian’s voice doesn’t sound as harsh as usual which works for me.
UPDATE: The Front Bottoms song I was thinking of is More Than It Hurts You and it was actually Brian doing the running!
If you’re a huge Queen fan like me, you’ve probably already heard this “forgotten” track from the sessions for 1984’s “The Works” album when it was finally fixed up and released with “Queen Forever” at the end of 2014. But if you haven’t heard it, “Let Me In Your Heart Again” is the standout track that you must hear. It features Freddie’s angelic voice at the peak of his ability.
For context, watch the original music video first.
The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.
“Things I Should Have Learned by Now, Volume II”
You can’t grow if you’re constantly defined by this collection of frozen moments that you keep returning to. And if you can’t grow, you’re not alive.
Whenever anyone tells you a specific, very detailed timeline – he did this, so I did this, then he did this – that almost always means that they want you to know JUST HOW MANY TIMES they were innocent and the other person was guilty and bad, and that means that they suspect that THEY CAUSED EVERY FUCKING THING on that timeline.