I think the Whatcha Want video and the Sabotage video had a similar pull for me.
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Intergalactic is a great one too!
I went to Space Camp between 4th and 5th grade. To shuttle us between our dorms and the giant warehouse that Space Camp was in, we had this bus driver who seemed really old at the time but was probably about 20 and basically like Otto. We were a rowdy bunch of kids and you could smell your back sweat getting stank against the 90-degree interior seat cushions of the bus, but he knew how to keep us quiet -- "If you all sit down, shut up, and don't throw anything out of the windows, I'll playLicense to Ill each time you get in." It had come out the winter before but I mean that shit was a rare, hot currency among 9- and 10-year-olds. So we did as told and he popped the tape in and we all felt like the coolest, most rebellious little shits that week.
― Dare, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yauch's mom talks to the NYT briefly about his passing:
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
ha Dare, that is great
― hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Friday, 4 May 2012 22:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
RIPFuck you, cancer.
― improvised explosive advice (WmC), Friday, 4 May 2012 23:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
the beastie boys are the three stooges of rap. moe howard died may 4, 1975.
― omar little, Friday, 4 May 2012 23:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
When I was in college in the 90s my group of friends often disagreed about what should be playing on the stereo at any given times. Usually it was a fight between Grateful Dead and Classic Rock vs. Rave music. Beastie Boys seemed like the one thing that made everyone happy.
A guy I knew in high school was an obstinate Beatles/Robert Fripp/Richard Thompson/early blues fan was also the very first person I knew who had a copy of License To Ill. I remember visiting him in his dorm room and we'd blast that and Psychocandy like a couple of idiots.
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 4 May 2012 23:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
The Mets are all using Beastie Boys as their walkup music tonight
Super bumer. Wrote some thoughts here.
― dronestreet, Friday, 4 May 2012 23:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
i saw them at the ritz for the first show (i think?) of the licensed to ill tour and its still one of the best shows i've ever seen. but i was in high school and probably really drunk. i was up against the stage and got my picture in newsweek magazine. i was bruised from head to toe. skinheads, jocks, b-boys, it was friggin' mayhem. packed to the rafters.
jon pareles review of that show has a great headline: ROCK: THE BEASTIE BOYS, RAP-METAL GROUP
― scott seward, Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
I am now listening to Hello Nasty and am about to open my second beer.
RIP once more for good measure.
― sleeve, Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
― scott seward, Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
unlike many people itt, I was taking no news as bad news, but that's made it still feel sudden.
From Tim Sommer.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:45 (3 hours ago)
this is on facebook, does anyone want to post?
― ┗|∵|┓ (sic), Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Born and Bred in Brooklyn, U.S.A., they call him Adam Yauch, but he's M.C.A. RIP Adam. #beastieboys #nosleeptillbrooklyn
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― omar little, Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
this is kinda fucking me up. they represented so many firsts for me. first album i ever bought myself with license to ill. maybe first non-kiddie album i owned period? and even at age eight i knew you wanted to grow up to be the one in the leather jacket who hadn't shaved in three days. entire crowds of children losing their shit like the audience at a black flag show whenever the roller rink dj would plsy a beasties song. first album i ever really had to work to get with paul's boutique. (so many years in between! i thought they'd fallen off the face of the earth. then i saw the "hey ladies" video on vacation and made my parents drive me to every place near colonial williamsburg that even remotely seemed like it might have records. then not being able to make heads or tails of it for months.) i feel like you could almost explain what happened in the 90s, musically and maybe just pop culturally, to a space alien by playing it the three 90s beasties albums.
― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
My wife just suddenly broke into the chorus of "Girls" last night during dinner. Been dancing to Check Your Head with my two year old for the last hour.
Anyway RIP, damn that dude was way too young.
― Darin, Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
also everyone otm about the trickle-down influences thing. fugazi may have said they were influenced by dub in interviews but the beasties actually gave you artists, albums, whatever to track down.
― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 5 May 2012 00:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
Almost forgot I saw the Beasties live in '92 in Tempe. Great show. This is fucked up. We've already lost musicians from my youth for reasons of drugs, suicide and murder, but now they're dying of natural causes. too young RIP
― President Keyes, Saturday, 5 May 2012 01:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
can't believe i never saw them. RIP. the beasties were such a presence growing up, it's not right, too young...
― arby's, Saturday, 5 May 2012 01:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
its funny to watch hey ladies video now and all i can think of is beck and fatboy slim.
― scott seward, Saturday, 5 May 2012 01:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Gotta love the blog journalism:
LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys came up together. So when he heard the news that Adam Yauch has passed away, it was no surpise to find out that the "Walk This Way" rapper from Queens wants the world to preserve Adam's legacy.
― President Keyes, Saturday, 5 May 2012 02:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
One of the best shows I've ever seen was Beastie Boys/fIREHOSE/Basehead at the Troc on Philly maybe around '91 or '92, not long after "Check Your Head" came out but before everyone suddenly realized they were still awesome. It was a school night.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 May 2012 02:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
fIREHOSe opened when I saw them too
― President Keyes, Saturday, 5 May 2012 02:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
This is so great in every respect:
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
karaoked a gleeful Fight For Your Right tonight for MCA, wherever he is
feel so sad, like we lost a spirit guide or something
but I fkn love this thread right now, all these stories fill me with joy at what he & the Beasties gave us just by being enthusiastic funny earnest awesome music nerds/musicians
fuck fuck fuck
― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
Didn't see if this was posted before, but Sasha Frere-Jones' piece in the New Yorker is great
Love this bit...
In the summer of 1986, I lived in Manhattan near Union Square with my first girlfriend in a duplex owned by a very trusting and foolish adult. In August of that year, my friend Tom Cushman gave me an advance cassette of “Licensed to Ill.” The liner was red letters printed on a white J-card, with either the Def Jam logo or Columbia’s or both. I was as obsessed with the fact of that cassette as the music. We knew somebody on a major label? And it was the Beastie Boys? This was a band whose 1983 single “Cooky Puss,” which is often described as the Beasties’ first “rap” single, is an extended, semi-capable funk vamp over which Mike prank calls a Carvel ice-cream store and somebody scratches a Steve Martin album (and the first Beasties E.P.), not capably. The single is about as commercial as a bag of dead spiders. It also represented the New York we grew up in, where a club like Danceteria would show loopy homemade videos on C.R.T. monitors and dance records were whatever records the d.j. decided to play while you were dancing.
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 5 May 2012 07:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Rather than being perceived as the first draft of Ali G, the Beasties were taken at face value; many threads got tangled in one of hip-hop’s breakthrough moments. Rap is ridiculously profane and loopy and perfect and anybody can do it and you can use any music you want! Ok bye! And then, two years later, on “Paul’s Boutique,” they took the idea even further: maybe you could rap every word you knew over every record ever made. Sure, why not.
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 5 May 2012 07:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
you must be talking about GRRRRUNGE
― hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Saturday, 5 May 2012 07:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
It feels like saying goodbye to my youth suddenly. I know it's stupid and silly. But god damn you cancer. This guy seemed such a sweet and lovable guy. I feel especially sad for his daughter, a mere 14, so she really doesn't deserve this. :-( I thought he had pulled through. I remember the announcement. :-((
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 5 May 2012 08:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
RIP. What would the 90's have been without the Beasties? Saw them a couple of times in '94 and it was awesome.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 5 May 2012 08:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
Sad news. Fight For Your Right is my earliest memory of actually hearing music, think I was 5 or so and I can remember instantly repeating the chorus to my parents.
― ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Saturday, 5 May 2012 08:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah it's really sad. I've barely even thought about the Beastie Boys for years, I suppose they slipped out of fashion at the end of the 90s and didn't quite come back in properly, Paul's Boutique excepted maybe, and I'd lost the need for music like that in my life since so never went back to them. But now I want to listen to pretty much all of them again - Ill Communication was the album for me, being 15 at the time, and yeah if you look back as an older listener there were always better rappers and probably better hardcore bands but the whole package they bundled it up into was so much fun and totally irresistible.
― Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 5 May 2012 10:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
And yeah hip-hop for white people whatever think about how many listeners ears they opened up and how many great artists they pointed those listeners in the direction of.
― Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 5 May 2012 10:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
his short from last year is free to watch on mubi this week
― caek, Saturday, 5 May 2012 11:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
Say what you will about Coldplay generally, but I'm down with any tribute that's sincere.
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
it is a testament to something that chris martin did not break character as Sensitive Rock Bro Frontman one time during that.
― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
i kept waiting for him to crack-up at some point. maybe on the porno mag line he will crack up? here it comes. and...no. no. just keeps on being chris martin, heartfelt man.
― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
more NYT fun:
`CH-CHECK IT OUT'
One Goat, on Account
To the Editor:
I had the great pleasure of reading your unsolicited critique of the "Ch-Check It Out" music video ["Licensed to Stand Still" by Stephanie Zacharek, May 16]. It took some time to get to me, as it had to be curried (sp?) on goatback through the fjords of my homeland, the Oppenzell. And in the process the goat died, and then I had to give the mailman one of my goats, so remember, you owe me a goat.
Anyway, that video is big time good. Pauline Kael is spinning over in her grave. My film technique is clearly too advanced for your small way of looking at it. Someday you will be yelling out to the streets below your windows: "He is the chancellor of all the big ones! I love his genius! I am the most his close personal friend!"
You journalists are ever lying. I remember people like you laughing at me at the university, and now they are all eating off of my feet. You make this same unkind laughter at the Jerry Lewis for his Das Verruckte Professor and now look, he is respected as a French-clown. And you so-call New York Times smarties are giving love to the U2 because they are dressing as the Amish and singing songs about America? (Must I dress as the Leprechaun to sing songs about Ireland so that you will love me? You know the point I make here is true!)
In concluding, "Ch-Check It Out" is the always best music film and you will be realizing this too far passing. As ever I now wrap my dead goat carcass in the soiled New York Times — and you are not forgetting to buy me a replacement! Please send that one more goat to me now!
The writer, whose real name is Adam Yauch, is a member of the Beastie Boys. He directs their music videos under the pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower.
― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
It's funny because I definitely haven't given more than one listen to anything since Hello Nasty, and I was not anticipating that changing, but on the other hand it has hit me really hard.
Though as a couple of people upthread have said, just because he's not making music for me any more doesn't mean he wasn't being a great force for good in the world, and he would almost certainly keep branching out. Kind of surprised I never knew he was behind Oscilloscope.
― Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 5 May 2012 17:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
The Coldplay is the oddest tribute I've seen - on the one hand fuck no! on the other I'm kind of touched by how far his influence spread, and that the band must have spent some time on this, when absolutely no-one would have expected it of them.
― Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
well fuck me i cried during that goddamn coldplay tribute fuck you ilx
― balls, Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm not meaning to hate on Coldplay here, but Chris Martin has always seemed to be more than a tad self-conscious about his coolness factor or lack thereof, so his love of the Beastie Boys is surely a no brainer, as there was literally no one cooler than the Beastie Boys.
Just talked to a friend who I guess, back in the day, was one of the group's #1 Toronto fans, and hung with Adam the most. She said he was the nicest guy, and that his lifestyle was so clean and had-been for years - vegan, no drinking (I think?), no drugs, not even smoking pot. She's pretty shocked by his death, especially because she had lost touch and, in her current life, hadn't really been following the group.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
the beasties more than any group (except maybe tmbg) are a symbol of my childhood and adolescence...this feels like the milemarker from which i will know ever after i am an adult and i don't like it.
i saw them at bonnaroo in 09 and remember not having high expectations, you know, about ten minutes of beasties then i'll go see david byrne. but they put on one of the best shows of my life...i remember being really disappointed after a 60 minute set that they weren't the headliner that night (which was either springsteen or phish).
― humba (NZA), Saturday, 5 May 2012 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Jesus Christ me too and I really didn't expect it
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
my little girl was dancing real hard to Check Your Head while we went grocery shopping this morning. Up until "Time For Livin'". That made her cry.
― booblights and the eternal frustration (how's life), Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
Soul fireAnd we ain't got no water
― booblights and the eternal frustration (how's life), Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
I thought I had written a pretty good bass part until a few years later when I realized I had subliminally stole it from Track 6 of License to Ill.
― pplains, Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah, actually watched and will remember the coldplay video. if I meet him in hell, we'll shake hands
― Dominique, Sunday, 6 May 2012 01:14 (1 year ago) Permalink