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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Now That's A Record Buddy

In 1995 lots of bands made claims about being The Best Band In The World. After the more self contained, internal world of 80s indie, it became a sign of ambition and achieving best or biggest status was something all groups should strive for. But all those groups who said such things were all wrong because The Best Band In The World in the mid 1990s was actually Beastie Boys. This track from their 1994 double album Ill Communication is Exhibit A. Made up solely of a few samples (a killer bassline, drums, the crackle of vinyl, some organ from Jimmy Smith's live album of the same name as the song and some deeply funky wah-wah guitar) over which Ad Rock, Mike D and MCA spit out lines and rhymes, coming together for the chorus. Two of the standout lines here are Ad Rock's 'everybody know when I be dropping science' line and later on the sudden stop that leads into 'oh my God, that's the funky shit!' They make it sound like anyone could do this but that's clearly not true. They also make it seem like fun- serious but also fun.

Root Down

The Beastie Boys make double the amount of sense when you have the visuals to go with the music.

There's a book coming out shortly called Beastie Boys Book, co-written by Ad Rock and Mike D with contributions from many of their friends and collaborators, and by the sounds of it it will not be your standard rock biography. During the 90s they expanded into clothing (X-Large), magazine publishing (Grand Royal), owning a record label (also Grand Royal), toured at length and also headlined Lollapalooza, put together a massive fundraising concert for human rights in Tibet, made some of the best pop videos ever (Sabotage and Intergalactic for two) as well as no less than 4 vital hip hop albums- Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty.


The Swede said...

Looking forward to checking out that book.

Adam Turner said...

Ch-ch-ch-check it out

Brian said...

As you know, I'm not a big fan of the '90s, but even I can recognize their importance during my lost years. Actually, I think Paul's Boutique was '89, but you get my meaning. Nice post, Adam.

Charity Chic said...

I feel an ICA is called for

Swiss Adam said...

I was thinking that CC