Wow, Adam Yauch died too soon. MCA. Nathanial Hörnblowér.
Condolences to his family, friends, and fans. He will be missed, as will the Beasties Boys, who put out a pretty good album just last year.
I thought it would be nice to go digging in the ‘Tubes for some classic Beasties videos and share them with you. By the way, many of these Sasha Frere Jones in The New Yorker, hipped me to. Big ups to him. Always enjoy his stuff.
And now, it’s time for a very special The Greatest Video You’ve Ever Seen, in memoriam style.
Let’s go in chronological order, starting with this awesome clip from Oprah in 1986.
Tipper Gore, who was almost America’s First Lady twelve years ago, went on a crusade against vulgar music back in the 80s and got into all kinds of fun debates with musicians over the issue of censorship in music. She is the reason why your CDs, tapes, and records started to have those black Parental Advisory stickers on them and you couldn’t buy them sometimes if you were under 18 and the record store clerk was an idiot. You know, back when people still bought music from record stores.
Anyways, in this one she is arguing with Jello Biafra from The Dead Kennedys and some dude from SPIN magazine. She describes a Beastie Boys concert from the time, which sounds pretty awesome. And then. AND THEN, PEOPLE. And then they bring a teenager on for the “Youth Perspective”. Ladies and gentlemen, this young man has one of the most glorious mullets to ever grace a head and collar. So you better watch all the way to the end.
See? I told you it was a great mullet.
Next, a performance from the Joan Rivers Show (which I didn’t even know existed until I found out about it doing some research for something else that you will see very soon.) Anyways, you can tell this was on Fox, the early days of Fox, because nothing like this would have happened on any other network at that time. It’s so amazingly low budget, rebellious, and vintage late-‘80s. And I love Joan Rivers on this, from getting the name of the album wrong (“Licensed to Kill”) to just hanging out with them and shooting the shit. Check it, check it, check it out.
This next one is from the indisputably best Beasties’ album, Paul’s Boutique. Now, the Beastie Boys most definitely had better-made videos than this one, but that’s why I like it. It’s like a gang of retards got hold of a bunch of shitty video equipment and tried to make an experimental film.
But then the Beastie Boys decided to take it up a notch with this Surrealist ode to the fairer sex, “Hey Ladies”. This video can’t be described. It can only be experienced.
Let’s go out with probably the definitive Beastie Boys video, “Sabotage”. I believe this was their first collaboration with Spike Jonze, and it was extremely fruitful. The concept fits the song perfectly. This song, video, and album were huge events when they came out, and they still stand up today.
So there you have it. I could choose many more, but it seems like a nice place to leave it. Maybe this will inspire you to go digging yourself.
RIP to MCA. RIP to the Beastie Boys. They live on on Youtube.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to get ill.