“No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” – The Beastie Boys

From the Beastie Boys’ debut “Licensed to Ill,” this is the track (even more so than “Fight for your Right”) that sucked me into the world of the Beasties back in 1986.  The title is a shout-out to Motorhead’s classic “No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith” live LP.  The positively sick lead guitar is by Kerry King of Slayer (which becomes prominent when the gorilla starts his solo in the video).  This album is in my all-time Top 20 … and as much as I admired the avant-garde direction the Beasties went later in their career (especially 1989’s “Paul’s Boutique), this is the one I never hesitate to listen to.

“Killed by Death” – Motorhead


Here’s Motorhead’s version of the stereotypical ’80s metal video. It has everything you would expect: a scantily clad woman, disapproving parents, home destruction, being chased by the police, motorcycles, etc. Except it has the great Lemmy Kilmister and company bashing it out. Given all that Lemmy has seen and done over the years, I’m not so sure he can be killed by death. In a battle to the death with Keith Richards, I’m putting my money on Lemmy for the win.