Shortly after their 1980s chart ram-raid and debut album, the Beastie Boys dropped off my musical radar (me being into long hair, leather jackets and all things R.O.C.K at the time). Until – via the digitally doomed channel UK Play’s heavy rotation but limited library of approx’ twelve music vids (Kylie, Beastie Boys and Fatboy Slim etc…), I eventually picked up on the Beasties brilliant promos for ‘Body Movin”(Fatboy remix), ‘Three MC’s and One DJ’ and ‘‘Intergalatic’‘.
The Beastie Boys are one of a handful of bands almost fully formed for their own Hanna-Barbera style musical cartoon series ( see also – The Damned, the Spice Girls and Motorhead) with their fizzingly inventive vids, triple wallop wordplay and stealthy scrapbooking of obscure samples (dropping The Sweet’s “She thinks she’s the passionate one” into ‘Hey Ladies‘ being a double rap whammy). And if that grab bag of goodies wasn’t enough the Beastie Boys sneakily leak acappela tracks into the public domain almost endorsing the idea of mashups and bootleg remixes – you’ll find three of my personal faves below.
Alan Hawkshaw’s ‘Beat Me’til I’m Blue’ bolted on to ‘Alive’..
‘Word To The Mic’ from DJ BC’s The Beastles project
The Beastles – Word To The Mic
And a Blockheads/Beastie Boys Booty from Mark vidler
Go Home Productions – Triple Rhythm Stick
Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble
For more unlikely Rap reworks check out…
Beastie Boys Vs The Ramones
“Meet the gang ‘cos the boys are here, the boys to entertain you…”