Icons of Alternative | The Beastie Boys

 

 

NEW YORK – APRIL 26: (US TABS OUT) (L-R) Rappers Michael Diamond “Mike D”, Adam Yauch “MCA”, and Adam Horovitz “Ad-Rock” of the Beastie Boys pose in the dressing room before taping MTV’s Direct Effect April 26, 2004 in the MTV Times Square Studio in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

 

MIAMI BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 21: (L to R) Mike D (Michael Diamond), Adrock (Adam Horovitz) and MCA (Adam Yauch) of The Beastie Boys arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America at the Jackie Gleason Theater October 21, 2004 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

 

The Beastie Boys FACTS

-BEASTIE stands for “Boys Entering Anarchistic States Toward Internal Excellence”

-Beastie Boys were legit friends with Run-DMC “Slow And Low” was a cover of a song Run-DMC demoed for King Of Rock, while the group penned “Paul Revere’ together.

-Their first major tour was in support of Madonna in 1985

-Beastie Boys actually ran a Paul’s Boutique store answering machine

-They also ran their own clothing line (X-Large), magazine, and record label (both called Grand Royale)

-Adam Yauch made a whole generation aware of the plight of Tibetan monks

-SPIKE JONZE DIRECTED “SABOTAGE,” WHICH IS REGULARLY CITED AS ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL-TIME.

-SEVERAL BEASTIE BOYS VIDEOS WERE DIRECTED BY NATHANIAL HÖRNBLOWÉR, ADAM YAUCH’S ALTER EGO.

-ACCORDING TO THE BAND, HELLO NASTY IS BEASTIE BOYS’S BEST ALBUM.

-Before they were the bad boys of rap, the Beasties spent two years in the early 80’s making a name for themselves as part of the thriving New York Hardcore punk rock scene, opening up for bands like The Misfits, Bad Brains, and the Dead Kennedys

-Ad-Rock has a prolific career as remix artist 41 Small Stars, and Mike D is one third of The Latch Brothers, who’ve remixed everyone from Nelly Furtado to the Beasties themselves. And, in a nod to their punk-rock roots, it was Adam “MCA” Yauch who was the production mastermind behind seminal DC hardcore act The Bad Brains’ 2008 comeback album Build A Nation

 

 

 

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