Friday, September 16, 2011

Beastie Boys

When the Beastie Boys started in 1979 they were a hardcore punk band. John Berry the original guitarist suggested the name “Beastie Boys”. The letters B.E.A.S.T.I.E. stands for “Boys Entering Anarchistic State Towards Internal Excellence”. The Beastie Boys performed their first Hip Hop track “Cocky Puss” in 1983, with “Cocky Puss“ success they switched from hardcore punk to rap. The Beastie Boys recorded “Licensed to Ill” in 1986. I like this album, especially the songs “Fight For Your Right (To Party), “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”, “Paul Revere“, & “Brass Monkey”. Rolling Stone  magazine famous headline was, “Three Idiots Create a Masterpiece”. This album was the best selling rap album of the 1980s and was the first album to go No. 1 on Billboard album chart where it stayed for five weeks. On the Urban album chart it reached No. 2. Beastie Boys first single from this album “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100. There was controversy with the Licensed to Ill tour. There were female members dancing in cages a giant motorized inflatable penis, lawsuits and arrests. The Beastie Boys put out  several more albums “Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head” in 1992, This album had funk and jazz songs “Lighten Up” and Something’s Got to Give” as well as hardcore punk song “Time for Livin”. In 1994 they released III Communition, the album debut No. 1 on Billboard Top 200 & No. 2 on R&B/hip hop album chart. “Sabotage” was a hit on the modern rock charts. ”Hello Nasty” was released on July 14, 1998 this album went straight to No. 1 in the US, the Uk, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden. The Beastie Boys have a new album out called “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” I like this album. The song Funky Donky reminds me of an old Parliament tune. Nas is featured on the song “Too Many Rappers”. I like “Nonstop Disco Powerpack” song it has that old school rap sound.  I think the Beasties Boy’s may have another hit album. Listen to it on Streetwise Radio