Beastie Boys: Classic or Dud?

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Hip-hop heroes or palefaced pretenders? Would you prefer they fight for the right to party or fight for the right of Tibetan Buddhists to govern themselves? Are they even slightly relevant anymore? CLASSIC or DUD?

Mark Richardson, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

This is a tough one because I find them almost viscerally annoying individuals and the only one of their last few albums I've heard all the way through (Hello Nasty) bored my teeth out. So why tough? Well, partly because Licensed To Ill is plainly one of the greatest records ever made.

Partly also because I dont know how much of my dislike is music and how much is context (not that you can separate them really): I mean "Intergalactic" was a fun single for a few plays. When you go to indie clubs or to parties or to people's houses and it is the ONLY THING WITH A BEAT YOU HEAR it gets a bit grating. ("Body Movin'" was shit from the off, though). So while I deplore the fact that the Beastie Boys have for most of the 90s been the now-I-will-like-some- hip-hop choice of every student, thats not the Boys' fault. Or is it?

The problem is they're awful rappers. This matched the themes of Licensed perfectly but nowadays it's just tiresome - so occasionally you'll hear something good ("Sabotage" I like a whole lot mostly cause it's not pretending to be hip-hop at all) but generally it's blah. So dud, nowadays.

I'm conflicted about Grand Royal the magazine, too. On the one hand these kind of this-is-cool magazines piss me off even as a joke. On the other hand it's often right.

Tom, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Blech. Pavlovian response generated from too many bad eighth grade parties, the kind where everyone wants to drink beer but no one can find any. Dud.

Licensed to Ill is not one of the greatest records ever made, either. It's got a handful of (now extremely tired) classics and a lot of filler. I couldn't listen to it all the way through, so I gave it to my little brother a couple of years ago. And HE doesn't even listen to it. And he's 14!

Ian White, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

They're passable, but not even slightly relevant, not even enough to call them a classic or a dud. I like Paul's Boutique. I like bits of all the albums. But I think they merit a search and destroy: "So Whatcha Want" is all anyone really needs.

Otis Wheeler, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The Beasties are one of those groups that can do no wrong, and I can understand why: a catalogue of proven, solid records with two guaranteed classics (Ill and Boutique), singles out the rear end, endearing personalities, a public (if misguided) social stance (Tibet) and a sonic growth from hardcore to white-rap to sonic chemists... plus they all play their instruments pretty well.

It shouldn't even be a question.

JM, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I have a tape of "The In Sound from Way Out" I stole from a friend I'm no longer in contact with and I don't mind it - however I hate everything else (aside from "Fight For Your Right" and "Hey Ladies" which still stand up fairly well today) Overexposure and the fact that seemingly everyone I know adores them doesn't help them one bit. At the very least, they all deserve to be punched out for the travesty that was "Intergalactic". Oh how I hated that song. Dud.

Edward Okulicz, Saturday, 10 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic, "Paul's Boutique" is one of the best records of all-time. 1st album is also classic as is the "She's On It" single. "Check your Head" is one of the best party-drug records ever, so that helps their classic status. After that things got patchy, "Licensed to Ill" is overrated, "Hello Nasty" is just okay, but still has some classic moments. Not bad for 3 irritating guys.

Omar, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"Paul's Boutique" and "Check Your Head" were far ahead of their time. Since then it's been pretty much on coast. Beck's "Odelay" was a critical orgasm, but it was little more than Paul's Boutique Part 2 (and I'm guessing the upcoming Tenacious D record will be Part 3). Check Your Head had constant rotation in my 1983 Buick Century on the way to school and back in 1992. For the simple fact that they managed to find a GOOD hybrid of rock and rap, I give it up. Even if they found some old Jimmy Smith records and thought they could "jam."

brent d., Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

You know what? It's really all about "Paul Revere". Other than that one song, I could do without.

Dan Perry, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

They've always been abysmal, always will be.

the pinefox, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The back cover of 'Ill Communication' (I think - the one with 'sabotage' on it anyway) says it all for me: "Look at the funny coloured people! They've got natural rhythm you know! Wasn't Shaft a good film!" Patronising bastards.

DG, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

2 or 3 excellent albums merit a "classic" in my book, and the the Beastie Boys have them. During the early 90s, it was _Paul's Boutique_ that was seen as the masterpiece, but the debut will definitlely be the one that endurers. Probably not coincidentally, the debut is the one you're still most likely to hear a DJ play. It's classic stuff.

They're swirling down the toilet at breakneck pace now, that last track was awful as was the last album. Tom, re your comment about the rapping -- I thought MCA was pretty good for a while there, as on "A Year And A Day" and "Professor Booty." But the other two suck, yeah, for sure. Great videos, though, which no one has men

Mark Richardson, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Totally fucking CLASSIC, no doubt.

They have been consistently 4-5 years ahead of their time with every album they put out. LICENSE TO ILL: White brat rap that pulled it off the street and into your house (via MTV). Weren't afraid to sample the most obvious beats. PAULS BOUTIQUE: Only the best rap album ever. The 70s beats and style predated the general populus' 70s revival by 4 years. CHECK YOUR HEAD: By the time everyone else was catching onto the 70s thing, the Boys come out with something COMPLETELY different. They combine punk, funk, soundtrack stuff, classic rap, play their own instruments, etc... Constantly pushing the boundaries.

Need I go on? Well, they might have faded *slightly* after that, but the rest of the albums are still really good and do still show growth. Also, look at their instrumental stuff. Quite good and varied. Impressive resume for 3 snotty kids from Brooklyn.

Tim Baier, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
While I never caught on to the Beasties back in 1986, but I do have Licence to Ill on tape, having bought the cd of Hello Nasty (originally I bought it along with Fatboy Slim's Baby you've come a long way, then I fell for Hello Nasty ) I was genuinely surprised at their taste and diversity of their musical influences. Hello Nasty was the Beasties last studio album and I think it represents them the best, especially their duet with Lee "Scratch" Perry with the track "Dr Lee,PHD" and the way the album has pasted all the tracks together makes the album feel and sound very straight- off-the-street and very inspirational. I've listened to Licence to Ill about seven or eight times and I still think that the album captures the BB in their true spirit but like all young musical artists, they had to grow up, but their humourous cartoonish vocals and humour that they injected on Licence to Ill remains on Hello Nasty and it does the album justice.

By far Hello Nasty is their most noble and mature album they have ever recorded and, too me, the one that represents them the most sincerely.

Jimmy S, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Isn't the title of "hello Nasty" supposed to be some kind of indie- rock in-joke? cause i don't get it!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i had forgotten how fucking annoying mark's use of the term 'pale-faced pretenders' is in the original question.

ethan, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You had forgotten how annoying his use of "palefaced pretenders" was in the original question? Since when? Since you read the question? Short memory. Or has that specific phrase actually been used before (rather than its myriad analogues that are constantly applied to them)?

Anyway, the Beastie Boys ARE "palefaced pretenders", if by that you mean that they wear their influences on their sleeves. But, dismal and annoying "License to Ill" aside, they've chanelled that influence into innovation nearly unmatched in hip-hop. "Paul's Boutique", "Check Your Head" and "Ill Communication" are certified classics in my book, each great in its own unique way. So, despite wanted to slap their annoying faces with "License to Ill" and wanting to do it again with the try-to-hard old-schoolness of "Hello Nasty"...Classic.

Dan I., Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

check yr head is ok they are so patronizing though they make me sick not because they are bad rappers or musicians or "co-opt" hip hop - just the whole smug business aesthetic / envelope of "cool" they invent for themselves & that godawful new-agey preacheyness they have, i mean, really - fuck off!

bob snoom, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You got a point there. And how the hell did "I don't buy cheeba, I grow it" turn into "Don't smoke cheeba, can't stand crack"?

Dan I., Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Basically I have searched for the best music ever, and through out every genre Pauls Boutique reigns supreme. Sgt. Pepper, Hendrix, or any legend You just can't fuck with Pauls B.

Let it remain

Slade donn, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i fuck with paul's buttocks every evening

bob snoom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have a Paul's Boutique tattoo so I'll definitely have to say classic.

Samantha, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

pauls boutique tattoo? what? (and where??)

dbini, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The entire panorama on Ludlow St???

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
dud!

Karl J Kretzschmar, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

To understand how they went from fighting for the right to party and fighting for freedom in Tibet, you'd have to check out the sounds of science where the explain that...The Beastie Boys are great. They have fun lyrics and lyrics that mean something; they write their own music; they play their own music, so they are talented for sure. Since they've been around longer than I have, I say classic.

Gillian Brady, Sunday, 11 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Their lyrics are usually hit-or-miss, but their charisma is undeniable -- even during their early hardcore days; any song that contains the unusually juxtaposed line "I like Batman/I like Crass" ("Holy Snappers") wins bonus points with me. They might've seemed like boorish assholes in '87, but looking at their video for "Fight For Your Right to Party" now they come across in retrospect as some sort of cartoonish vaudeville Marx Brothers types. Basically they're goofball pop culture tourists and believe it or not I think pop music needs a bit of that every so often. Classic.

Nate Patrin, Sunday, 11 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have to say that the Beasties are surely way too clued for anyone to seriously entertain the possibility labelling them as duds.

These guys plainly know their shit and not only do they possess the musical skills, they are 'setters, they appear to be self-depreciating and they rip the fucking piss. These are good things, by the way. The cops vid - I know it's tired but it still reigns as the joint I'm afraid. And for all the ho-hum tracks, they write enough killers to be forgiven the toss.

I like em. I respect em. They played the game to their rules. And won. Sure they're a pain in the ass. But you need these boys: totally classic.

Roger Fascist, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"they appear to be self-depreciating"

Are they marking their own albs down at the Record and Tape now?

Andrew L, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i do still like them, but

I have to say that the Beasties are surely way too clued for anyone to seriously entertain the possibility labelling them as duds

this kind of gets to the root of the problem with me. they are too clued, this is kind of their problem - because they are clued everything comes across as kind of reverent, theres a lack of *something* sometimes, as though they know all the mistakes not to make, so they don't make them. i don't know, i'm not getting this across too well,

gareth, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

it's like, what WOULD throw them, cz they're sure keeping their distance

mark s, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i like em too, but i don't love em

mark s, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I know what Gareth means, there is a... distance (?) to the Beaties trip but I'm not sure that comes from being "too clued". I reckon it might be something to do with three guys hanging out since time, getting crazy and sitting in hot-box rooms making wacky music. I mean, how much can an audience *really* relate to music that is engendered on such a plane; and more, documents and celebrates that plane.

Roger Fascist, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A Jewish friend once said the Beasties have the quality of getting away with something--obnoxious/ugly/middle class/New York/Jewish guys doing stigmatized black music and going balls out. They were a great joke, and a liberating one.

I liked their schtick, LOVED their magazine, was happy to see their vids, enjoyed their pranks. I don't question their worth as an industry. I just think their achievements in irreverance on CD are pretty minor. "So Watcha Want" is their only transcendent hip hop single, and anyone who thinks Paul's Boutique is the greatest rap album of all time just isn't listening for the same things I look for in rap music, things that usually have something to do with, you know, rapping.

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
Classic. Beastie Boys are the Beatles of Now.

(btw, I don't think the Beatles were perfect so I ain't saying the Beasties are, dig?).

More people should voice their two cents on this group. They're more fun than any other ex-beerbrawlers-turned-new-age-buddhists. Allegedly MCA has an emo band. Their protest song has Zoolander quotes. They need an editor bad. They take an ungodly amount of time between albums. They're white rappers. Ad-Rock, who kicked the cutie in the patootie and needs girls to do his laundry, is dating Kathleen Hanna. They really look awkward when they play their own instruments. And when they're on, they make me happier than any other group ever.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 00:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They're the San Francisco of hip-hop. Paul's Boutique is classic, but they tend to ride a pretty high horse.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 00:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Isn't the title of "hello Nasty" supposed to be some kind of indie- rock in-joke? cause i don't get it!

nasty = nasty little man = public relations firm (dealing w/ beastie boys but more importantly ATP) = "hello nasty" = receptionist's phrase.

They're the San Francisco of hip-hop.

wtf? they are the west islip of hip-hop. not to mention they live in your town... just cuz they "pimp" harputs does not mean BB = SF... ew gross.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

sorry gygax, it's the smug self-satisfaction that accompanies some truly great moments...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

some truly great moments...

reminder: this is the beastie boys thread.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

gygax!? I'm the EGG MAN. thwack!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I AM A WEREWOLF.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"it's the smug self-satisfaction that accompanies some truly great moments"

As an SF resident, I can't tell if I'm supposed to be offended or not...

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

be offended, be very offended...

btw when is your both show shakey mo?

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

shit, when SHOULD you be smugly self-satisfied if not during your truly great moments?

I hope you haven't heard LL Cool J.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Tues. May 13th. Prior to that we are having a super-extravaganza space-travel show on Saturday, April 12th, at a warehouse down on 18th and Minnesota.

I'll defend the Beasties (on some levels), I just don't get where this weird regional insult is coming from, or what it has to do with anything...

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ANTHONY!

HI! I have heard LL COOL J! OMG! HAHA! LOL! ^_^

sounds good shakey mo, let me know the details.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 01:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I work with a divorced woman who when asked why she left her husband always replies
"he was a BIG beastie boy fan and......." it always trails off in a sigh

girl scout heroin (iamamonkey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 02:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

did NO one notice THIS:

Beck's "Odelay" was a critical orgasm, but it was little more than Paul's Boutique Part 2 (and I'm guessing the upcoming Tenacious D record will be Part 3).

hahahaha. sigh.

jess (dubplatestyle), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 02:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

he should have called Odelay sloppy seconds.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 02:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My favorite Beastie Boys track is "%33 God" which is an instrumental of "Shake Your Rump".

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 02:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fuck, I always thought he had luckily beaten the cancer, sad news...

V79, Friday, 4 May 2012 17:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh shit.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:06 (six years ago) Permalink

FUCK

Silky Slim (dan m), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

awwwww fuck

deserves his own RIP thread, surely

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

horrible news, cancer can get tae fuck

zappi, Friday, 4 May 2012 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh fucking hell

Roz, Friday, 4 May 2012 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

xxpost -- Rather.

RIP Adam Yauch/MCA of the Beastie Boys

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 May 2012 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

damnit when I saw this thread get bumped I thought it was them announcing a new album

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:36 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Tempted to do a POX thread. But would that be Beasties overkill, or is there still enough Beasties love in the wake of Yauch's passing to make it worthwhile?

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:53 (six years ago) Permalink

We did just have a Beastie Boys PoXX thread. Just check everyone's ballots.

how's life, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:00 (six years ago) Permalink

And then cut them in half.

how's life, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:15 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

http://soundcloud.com/ninja-tune/solid-steel-radio-show-31-8-1

Solid Steel in association with Serato (31st August) 3 years ago Solid Steel DJs Cheeba, Moneyshot and Food had the idea of collaborating on a version of the Beastie Boys‘ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ album made entirely from the original sample sources, shortly after Moneyshot aired his mix of their ‘Check Your Head’ album in the same way.

Finally the result is here, titled ‘Caught In The Middle Of A 3-Way Mix’ - each of them have taken a third of the album to work on and combined their efforts into a mix that will make you hear it in a new way. Aside from the original sample sources they’ve included commentary from the Beasties, vintage interviews, demo versions and much more.

The mix was over half way completed when they heard the tragic news of MCA‘s death in May so the impetus to finish it was instantly doubled and new meaning given to the project. It goes without saying that this is also a tribute to Adam Yauch and the legacy he left behind and we hope it will be embraced by Beastie fans around the globe.

Caught In The Middle of A 3-Way Mix - a tribute to The Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' album

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 1 September 2012 18:14 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

so many rushing to disparage the 'Boys at the top of this thread.

diss strychnine (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:41 (three years ago) Permalink

One of the things Ad-Rock is doing now:

A gathering on Thursday in New York of “Artists for Warren” included some notable possible supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Dem who keeps insisting that she’s not running despite clamor among the fans of her populist message. The cool kids in attendance at the indie/arty mixer included Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys) and actress Chloe Sevigny, we’re told. The host committee included actor Mark Ruffalo, and music was by Tennessee Thomas, a British drummer/actress.

The swanky backdrop? The loft of Julie Pacino (yeah, her dad’s name is Al) and Jennifer DeLia, filmmakers behind the production company Poverty Row Entertainment.

Per the invite: “Attendance is not an endorsement of Warren for President. Rather, this is an invitation to meet as a group of artists and activists to discuss how an Elizabeth Warren run could change the conversation, build progressive power, and move us closer to our shared vision of an America where everyone has a fighting chance.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2015/01/26/celebs-like-mark-ruffalo-and-chloe-sevigny-may-be-ready-for-elizabeth-warren/

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:07 (three years ago) Permalink

seeeing Adrock being the dutiful husband in the punk singer kinda warmed my heart tbh

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:10 (three years ago) Permalink

http://blog.funkygog.de/data/2006/10/beastie-boys-ill-communication-cover-back.jpeg

The back cover of 'Ill Communication' (I think - the one with 'sabotage' on it anyway) says it all for me: "Look at the funny coloured people! They've got natural rhythm you know! Wasn't Shaft a good film!" Patronising bastards.
― DG, Sunday, 11 February 2001 20:00 (13 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

huh?

Brio2, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:17 (three years ago) Permalink

old ilx had some weird opinions

these days I would defend them more stridently than I do upthread, the first three albums are such a great arc

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:29 (three years ago) Permalink

DG was a shit poster don't worry about it

#Research (stevie), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:39 (three years ago) Permalink

not worried about it, just kind of hilarious.

Brio2, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:52 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

The Beastie Boys slayed the crowd the couple times I saw them play live in the early 90s. Outdoor arena half emptied out with the Smashing Pumpkins trying to follow them at the Lollapalooza I saw them at. To be fair, a group would have had to have a unique hook to get an audience's energy back up after these guys especially at an all day concert. First time I saw them was at a cow arena at a state fair grounds on Halloween after Check Your Head came out with the Rollins Band and Da' Lench Mob. Really mixed crowd of punks, b-boys and people that knew the videos many of which where getting their slam dance on for the first time. They were really fun live, one of the best live acts I saw of that time.

earlnash, Saturday, 24 October 2015 17:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Thank you so much for that link Josh! I've had a Paul's Boutique sample CD and totally loved it. Looking forward to hearing this...

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 24 October 2015 17:54 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I gazed over someone's shoulder at a review copy of the book the other day and it looks nuts. I've heard it's not very revealing, but it looks fun.

Arthur Funzonerelli (stevie), Thursday, 28 June 2018 06:33 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Yeah does this look great or what?

https://cdn.hiconsumption.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Beastie-Boys-Book-1.jpg

Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

https://kingsroadmerch.com/beastie-boys/view/?id=13926&cid=2024

piscesx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 13:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hope piskor did the comic

Οὖτις, Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Been looking forward to the memoir but I hope there's a non-coffee table regular book version too.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Finger lickin good y’all

calstars, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ranking their catalog, one misstep at a time.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 01:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

cursed with the terrible digital reproduction that plagued early hip-hop and Def Jam productions in particular

?

“Body Movin'” benefited from a much-aired Fatboy Slim remix and Spike Jonze album

??¿?!

I baste my thigh, gent (sic), Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hello Nasty is the last time it seemed like they were really trying but tbh the rapping bores me to tears and the genre-hopping feels thin, I never go back to it

Οὖτις, Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Body Movin'” benefited from a much-aired Fatboy Slim remix and Spike Jonze album

??¿?!

― I baste my thigh, gent (sic)

I corrected that. Not sure why I thought Jonze directed it.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Revisited -to the 5 boroughs- recently. That was a mistake

calstars, Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Spike Jonze album" was baffling on the face of it. I didn't even twig that you were denying Hornblower, thought you miiight have meant the sleeve (a Drawing Board job iirc, that failed to draw from Diabolik fumetti in the way the video successfully sampled the film adaptation)

I bought 5 Boroughs in the ltd-ed textured packaging but only managed one play. sadly the remixes were all pretty great, suggesting that they could have done better by opening up the studio after dumping Mario, instead of replacing him with themselves.

I baste my thigh, gent (sic), Saturday, 6 October 2018 03:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

especially the Just Blaze version of Ch-Check It Out, which got its own bespoke video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm22GRJhGak (which in turn likely inspired the excellent Letterman performance)

I baste my thigh, gent (sic), Saturday, 6 October 2018 03:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Man this is a really great copy of the '98 MTV 2 hour special; Beastieography, with all the bumpers and Sifl And Olly adverts and MTV promos and such.. it's freakin amazing https://vimeo.com/68587522

There's been a version on YouTube for years that's way shorter and looks terrible.

piscesx, Saturday, 6 October 2018 03:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hello Nasty is the last time it seemed like they were really trying but tbh the rapping bores me to tears and the genre-hopping feels thin, I never go back to it

― Οὖτις, Saturday, October 6, 2018 3:27 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^ This.

canary christ (stevie), Sunday, 7 October 2018 15:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nooooo

hello nasty is grate

the late great, Sunday, 7 October 2018 16:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it’s definitely their fifth best album but still

the late great, Sunday, 7 October 2018 16:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“lovey and thurston howell-ing, the grasshopper unit is prowl-ing”

how can you be down on the rapping with gems like that

the late great, Sunday, 7 October 2018 16:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I watched the MTV thing last night. It really captures the whiplash of the changes through their first three albums. They were genuinely funny the way the early Beatles were, and leveraged their unexpected superstardom just as effectively. The brattiness holds up so unexpectedly well, probably because the tunes do too.

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm with late great, absolutely love hello nasty

intergalactic was a staple of high school dances, what a sick song to bust out to

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hello Nasty yeah it’s probably my fifth favorite. It is ridiculously good though, I think the music and beats and lyrics are great, and the rapping style they utilized here might seem a bit formulaic now but it’s the beastie boys so it’s a blast throughout.

omar little, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm curious to know if they mean anything to the 18-30 set. Based on my observation, no.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A young and impetuous Capt James T Kirk begs 2 differ

canary christ (stevie), Sunday, 7 October 2018 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well I'm the king of Boggle, there is none higher
I get eleven points off the word 'quagmire'

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You can get Beasties nostalgia tees at Target and Walmart, so I imagine they still have some cachet.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 7 October 2018 19:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just went on a mini Momo Crawl in honor of Adam Yauch.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 October 2018 20:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.