Category: beastie boys

On this day in music history: July 25, 1989 – …

On this day in music history: July 25, 1989 – “Paul’s Boutique”, the second album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys, The Dust Brothers and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at Mario C’s, The Opium Den in Los Angeles, CA and The Record Plant in New York City from Mid 1988 – Early 1989. After the huge success of their debut album “Licensed To Ill”, the Beasties fall out with Def Jam Records over royalties and creative control, leading them to the leave the label in 1988. Quickly signed by Capitol Records, they relocate to California to work on their second album, at the home studio of Delicious Vinyl Records co-founder Matt Dike. The Beasties collaborate with The Dust Brothers, constructing the tracks from dense layers of samples from R&B, funk, rock records, and numerous other musical genres. It differs greatly from its predecessor, and initially is looked upon as a commercial disappointment when it initially sells just over 700,000 copies (compared to the four million plus sales of “Ill” at the time). However, the album grows in stature during the 90’s, with online fan websites sprouting up to discuss its intricate sampling. In time, it comes to be regarded as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. The cover photo features a wide panoramic shot of Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The original vinyl LP is released with two variations of the cover art. The first being a regular gatefold jacket, and the second is a limited edition, with an eight panel foldout featuring the complete image on the outside and inside of the jacket. It spins off two singles including “Hey Ladies” (#36 Pop) and “Shadrach”. “Ladies” is supported by a tongue-in-cheek music video parodying 70’s pop culture, and films like “Saturday Night Fever” and “Dolemite”. The video version features a sample of Deep Purple’s “Hush” which is removed from the released singles and album, to avoid any potential legal action. “Hey Ladies” is also issued as part of a 12" EP titled “Love American Style” c/w “Shake Your Rump”. The B-side includes dub mixes of both songs titled “33% God” and “Dis Yourself in ‘89 (Just Do It)”, that include additional samples not used in the original versions. The single is packaged in an eye catching sleeve with fish eye lens photo of a kitchen painted in American flag colors. Upon closer inspection, one can see three nude women covered in body paint, and perfectly camouflaged into the background. The limited edition 12" is later reissued by Grand Royal Records in 1998. The video for “Shadrach” (directed by Adam Yauch under his alter ego “Nathanial Hornblower”) features live performance footage, intercut with hand painted film frames and animation by the famed animation studio Klasky Csupo. “Paul’s Boutique” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, number twenty four on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 14, 1998 – …

On this day in music history: July 14, 1998 – “Hello Nasty”, the fifth album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at G-Son Studios in Atwater, CA, The Dungeon, Ted Diamond’s House Of Hits, RPM Studios, Soho Music Studios, and Dessau Studios in New York City from Early 1997 – Mid 1998. The group’s first new album in over four years, it marks the Beasties return to the more sample driven roots of their first two albums. The title is inspired by the groups publicity firm “Nasty Little Man”. The firms receptionist was known for greeting callers with the phrase “Hello Nasty”. The album also introduce new DJ Mixmaster Mike (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) to the group. It spins off four singles including “Intergalactic” (#28 Pop, #4 Modern Rock) and “Body Movin’” (#15 Modern Rock). “Nasty” also has a limited number (7,500 copies) that are pressed on clear gold vinyl. Production issues with the LP jackets being manufactured incorrectly results in many of the colored vinyl copies becoming warped during shipping, with the majority being recalled as defective. Rapturously received by fans and critics upon its release, the album sells nearly 700,000 copies in its first week. It also wins two Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the single “Intergalactic” in 1999. The album is remastered on CD in 2009 in a two disc edition. The first disc contains the original twenty two song album. Disc two features twenty one bonus tracks including various non-album B-sides and remixes. It is also reissued as a double vinyl 180 gram LP, and as a limited edition four LP set (limited to 1,500 copies), with the latter containing all of the bonus material from the second CD. “Hello Nasty” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200 spending three weeks at the top, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 31, 1994 – &…

On this day in music history: May 31, 1994 – “Ill Communication”, the fourth album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at Tin Pan Alley Studios in New York City and G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, CA from Early 1993 – Mid 1994. Reinventing their sound on “Check Your Head”, the Beastie Boys continue to move away heavily sample based tracks, toward more live instrumentation. Ad Rock (Adam Horovitz), MCA (Adam Yauch) and Mike D. (Michael Diamond) play bass, guitar and drums, jamming and coming up with song ideas. They’re aided in the studio by “Money Mark” Nishita (keyboards), Eric Bobo (percussion) and Amery “AWOL” Smith (drums). The lead single “Sabotage” (#18 Modern Rock, #15 Pop Bubbling Under), is initially inspired by a bass line that MCA comes up with. Ad Rock and Mike D. fall in on guitar and bass. The track ends up sitting unused for several months, when they’re unable to come up with lyrics for it. The lyrics finally come after Ad Rock has an angry confrontation with a paparazzi photographer, while attending actor River Phoenix’s funeral. Still seething from the incident, the rapper vents his frustration on the unfinished track. For the music video, the Beasties work with director Spike Jonze. The clip is a brilliant parody of 70’s cop shows like Starsky & Hutch, Hawaii Five-O and Baretta, mimicking the frenetic camera work and quick cutting of their opening title sequences. The video is later nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards. Unfortunately, “Sabotage” is completely shut out by R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”. During the live awards telecast, MCA jumps up on stage as his alter ego “Nathaniel Hornblower”, to protest before being escorted off stage. The single also earns a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995, but loses the award to Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. Two more singles including “Get It Together” (#1 Pop Bubbling Under, #13 R&B Bubbling Under) and “Sure Shot”. When the album is finally released, it is enthusiastically received, and is heralded as one of the best albums of the 90’s. It becomes the group’s first chart topping album since “Licensed To Ill”. “Ill” is remastered and reissued on CD in expanded form in 2009. The double CD set features the original twenty song album on the first disc, with the second including twelve tracks of B-sides, remixes and previously unreleased material. It is also reissued as a double 180 gram LP set, and a limited edition (1,500 copies) triple vinyl box set, with a 3D lenticular cover. “Ill Communication” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number two the R&B album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 21, 1992 -…

On this day in music history: April 21, 1992 – “Check Your Head” the third album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at G-Son Studios in Atwater, CA from Mid 1991 – Early 1992. After taking a three year hiatus from the music business, the Beastie Boys regroup and return with their third full length release. Following the critically successful, but commercial disappointing reception afforded their previous release “Paul’s Boutique”, the bands third album sees them returning to their punk rock roots. “Head” features more live instrumentation mixed with sample based tracks. The album is well received by critics and fans alike, and marks the beginning of a new peak in the Beasties popularity and sees them broadening of their audience, winning a new generation of fans. It spins off five singles including “So What’cha Want” and “Pass The Mic”. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2009, as a double disc edition, with the second disc containing sixteen bonus tracks featuring non album B-sides, remixes and live performances. As well as the CD release, the album is also remastered and reissued on vinyl, both as a double LP, and limited edition four LP box set. “Check Your Head” peaks at number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 21, 1992 -…

On this day in music history: April 21, 1992 – “Check Your Head” the third album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at G-Son Studios in Atwater, CA from Mid 1991 – Early 1992. After taking a three year hiatus from the music business, the Beastie Boys regroup and return with their third full length release. Following the critically successful, but commercial disappointing reception afforded their previous release “Paul’s Boutique”, the bands third album sees them returning to their punk rock roots. “Head” features more live instrumentation mixed with sample based tracks. The album is well received by critics and fans alike, and marks the beginning of a new peak in the Beasties popularity and sees them broadening of their audience, winning a new generation of fans. It spins off five singles including “So What’cha Want” and “Pass The Mic”. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2009, as a double disc edition, with the second disc containing sixteen bonus tracks featuring non album B-sides, remixes and live performances. As well as the CD release, the album is also remastered and reissued on vinyl, both as a double LP, and limited edition four LP box set. “Check Your Head” peaks at number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 7, 1987 – …

On this day in music history: March 7, 1987 – “Licensed To Ill”, the debut album by the Beastie Boys hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 7 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B album chart. Produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City, from Early 1985 – Late 1986. Combining stripped down beats with Hip Hop and rock samples, it is one of the main catalysts in crossing rap music and Hip Hop culture over into mainstream pop culture. The album spin off six singles including “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and “Brass Monkey”. The albums iconic cover art by David Gambale (aka “World B. Omes”) features an illustration of a 727 jet crashing into the side of a mountain. On tail end of the plane is the aircraft registration number “3MTA3”, which is actually an in-joke that when viewed in a mirror reads “EAT ME”. An instant smash upon its release, it becomes one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time, selling over a million copies in its first two weeks of release. The album makes further history in the 90’s as a catalog title. Following the Beasties resurgence in popularity after the releases of “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication”, “Licensed To Ill” begins selling again at an unprecedented rate for catalog rap album. When Def Jam changes distribution from Sony Music to Polygram in 1994, it sells between 500,000 and 800,000 copies a year for the next five years. “Licensed To Ill” is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

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The Beastie Boys photographed by Deborah Feingold, 1987.

On this day in music history: November 15, 198…

On this day in music history: November 15, 1986 – “Licensed To Ill”, the debut album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City, from Early 1985 – Late 1986. One of the first acts signed to then indie rap label Def Jam Records in 1985, the New York City based hardcore punk band turned rap trio consisting of MCA (Adam Yauch), King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and Mike D. (Michael Diamond) releases the 12" single “Rock Hard” for the fledgling label. Close on the heels of that release, Def Jam signs a distribution agreement with Columbia Records. Proceeded by the singles “She’s On It”, “Hold It Now, Hit It”, and “It’s The New Style” b/w “Paul Revere”, Rubin and the Beasties spend over a year working on and off on the groups’ full length debut, finally being scheduled for release in the Fall of 1986. The album’s unique hybrid of Hip Hop and rock samples, is instrumental in further crossing rap music and Hip Hop culture over into the pop mainstream. An instant critical and commercial smash upon its release, CBS Records is caught off guard by the record’s huge out of the box sales. It becomes one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time, selling over a million copies in its first two weeks of release. It spins off six singles including “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” (#7 Pop) and “Brass Monkey” (#48 Pop). The album’s iconic cover art by David Gambale (aka “World B. Omes”) features an illustration of a 727 jet crashing into the side of a mountain. On tail end of the plane is the aircraft registration number “3MTA3”, which is actually an in-joke that when viewed in a mirror reads “EAT ME”. In the mid 90’s when Def Jam changes distribution from Sony to Polygram (absorbed by Universal Music in 1999), “Ill” becomes one of the largest selling catalog titles of the decade, more than doubling its original sales (an unprecedented feat for a rap album), as The Beasties are experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity with the albums “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication”. “Licensed To Ill” spends seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number two on the R&B album chart, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

On this day in music history: July 25, 1989 – …

On this day in music history: July 25, 1989 – “Paul’s Boutique”, the second album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys, The Dust Brothers and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at Mario C’s, The Opium Den in Los Angeles, CA and The Record Plant in New York City from Mid 1988 – Early 1989. After the huge success of their debut album “Licensed To Ill”, the Beasties fall out with Def Jam Records over royalties and creative control, leading them to the leave the label in 1988. Quickly signed by Capitol Records, they relocate to California to work on their second album, at the home studio of Delicious Vinyl Records co-founder Matt Dike. The Beasties collaborate with The Dust Brothers, constructing the tracks from dense layers of samples from R&B, funk, rock records, and numerous other musical genres. It differs greatly from its predecessor, and initially is looked upon as a commercial disappointment when it initially sells just over 700,000 copies (compared to the four million plus sales of “Ill” at the time). However, the album grows in stature during the 90’s, with online fan websites sprouting up to discuss its intricate sampling. In time, it comes to be regarded as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. The cover photo features a wide panoramic shot of Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The original vinyl LP is released with two variations of the cover art. The first being a regular gatefold jacket, and the second is a limited edition, with an eight panel foldout featuring the complete image on the outside and inside of the jacket. It spins off two singles including “Hey Ladies” (#36 Pop) and “Shadrach”. “Ladies” is supported by a tongue-in-cheek music video parodying 70’s pop culture, and films like “Saturday Night Fever” and “Dolemite”. The video version features a sample of Deep Purple’s “Hush” which is removed from the released singles and album, to avoid any potential legal action. “Hey Ladies” is also issued as part of a 12" EP titled “Love American Style” c/w “Shake Your Rump”. The B-side includes dub mixes of both songs titled “33% God” and “Dis Yourself in ‘89 (Just Do It)”, that include additional samples not used in the original versions. The single is packaged in an eye catching sleeve with fish eye lens photo of a kitchen painted in American flag colors. Upon closer inspection, one can see three nude women covered in body paint, and perfectly camouflaged into the background. The limited edition 12" is later reissued by Grand Royal Records in 1998. The video for “Shadrach” (directed by Adam Yauch under his alter ego “Horatio Hornblower”) features live performance footage, inter cut with hand painted film frames and animation by the famed animation studio Klasky Csupo. “Paul’s Boutique” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, number twenty four on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 14, 1998 – …

On this day in music history: July 14, 1998 – “Hello Nasty”, the fifth album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at G-Son Studios in Atwater, CA, The Dungeon, Ted Diamond’s House Of Hits, RPM Studios, Soho Music Studios, and Dessau Studios in New York City from Early 1997 – Mid 1998. The group’s first new album in over four years, it marks the Beasties return to the more sample driven roots of their first two albums. The title is inspired by the groups publicity firm “Nasty Little Man”. The firms receptionist was known for greeting callers with the phrase “Hello Nasty”. The album also introduce new DJ Mixmaster Mike (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) to the group. It spins off four singles including “Intergalactic” (#28 Pop, #4 Modern Rock) and “Body Movin’” (#15 Modern Rock). “Nasty” also has a limited number (7,500 copies) that are pressed on clear gold vinyl. Production issues with the LP jackets being manufactured incorrectly results in many of the colored vinyl copies becoming warped during shipping, with the majority being recalled as defective. Rapturously received by fans and critics upon its release, the album sells nearly 700,000 copies in its first week. It also wins two Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the single “Intergalactic” in 1999. The album is remastered on CD in 2009 in a two disc edition. The first disc contains the original twenty two song album. Disc two features twenty one bonus tracks including various non-album B-sides and remixes. It is also reissued as a double vinyl 180 gram LP, and as a limited edition four LP set (limited to 1,500 copies), with the latter containing all of the bonus material from the second CD. “Hello Nasty” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200 spending three weeks at the top, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.