I can’t let this go by without a post. I’m more affected by Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s death than by the passing of icons Whitney or Michael. While I loved both of those pop stars, the Beastie Boys were high school for me. I fell in love with them when I saw the video for Sabotage in 1994. Yeah, I was really late to the Beastie Boys party. I had seen the videos for (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party and No Sleep Till Brooklyn, but I was 7. My scene was NKOTB and Paula Abdul at that age. But I thought the Sabotage video was pure genius, I bought the CD immediately, which has my favorite Beastie Boys song of all time:

Get It Together

(I had, "Phone is ringing, oh my God" as my ringtone for a while)

The Beastie Boys were the soundtrack to my teen years. I met my high school boyfriend at our 11th grade orientation. After we got our schedules, my friend and I hung out with him and his friends the rest of the afternoon and he was playing Licensed to Ill in his car. This is my favorite Beastie Boys CD, and She’s CraftyPaul Revere, and Girls are my favorite songs from the album.

Thanks to my boyfriend, I was able to go back and listen to all his old Beastie Boys tapes (yes, cassette tapes) and got very acquainted with the band. They were one of my top five favorite bands in high school. Hello Nasty came out when I was in college. I remember being at a party, lying on someone’s bed, and drunk to the point where your hearing is slightly fuzzy. I could hear the music in the other room and realized that the “robots” in the song were singing “another dimension” over and over after the “intergalactic planetary, planetary intergalactic” part. I had heard that song at least twenty times and just realized it at that point! Hilarious. The CD became our summer soundtrack. Body Movin' and Song for the Man are favorite tracks.

I got to see them on their Hello Nasty Tour. It was my first time seeing a band in the round and I loved it! They were all over the stage, which also rotated, and I was only 15 rows back. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.

I didn’t keep up with them after that summer. They took a long break and didn’t release another album until 2004. By then my taste shifted again and I was busy gettin’ down to Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Ashlee Simpson. You know, the classics.

MCA was my favorite Beastie Boy. He had the best voice and the illest raps. I always had a crush on him.
Rest in peace, Adam. You are already missed.


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hotpants™ said...

Tony and I were still into them in recent years. The last couple of albums were great. You should totally get them. He was my favorite too. He had such an original voice and style. Like you, I couldn't let this go by without a blog post either. Paul Revere, So What'cha Want, Sabotage and Brass Monkey are my faves. I was big into them in high school and college too. I remember making Tony play Intergalactic over and over and over again in his car.

Lori said...

We added some Beastie Boys to our Cinco de Mayo mix on Saturday in memory of MCA. So many great memories involving Beastie Boys songs!