7 March 2021
They were the first rap act ever to top the USA albums chart. It happened this
day in 1987 with their debut LP LICENSED TO ILL. The trio wanted the album to
be called ‘Don’t Be a Faggot‘, but their label Columbia Records refused to release it
under this title, arguing that it was homophobic.
Key single (of course)…
RIP Adam Yauch
– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES
Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.
Stream here (10 consecutive audio clips)…
– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS
Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.
– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER
Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level. Score: 4/5.
– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ
Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.
– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.
Striking single sleeves…
‘Intergalactic’ by BEASTIE BOYS
Released 12 May 1998 – #28 in the US, #5 in the UK
From their fifth album Hello Nasty
R.I.P. Yauch and Berry
To fight paranoia in these lockdown times you don’t need to inject yourself with disinfectant. I have some far better medication. Turn up the volume, and pretend
that corona is a tasty beer, not a nasty virus. Go bananas to these 5 steamy live killers. Scream, jump, pump your fists, play air guitar, and keep on rockin’ in the free world…
– Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by NIRVANA –
– ‘Hysteria’ by MUSE –
– ‘Mr. Brightside’ by THE KILLERS featuring JOHNNY MARR –
– ‘Fight For Your Right’ by BEASTIE BOYS –
– Keep On Rockin’ in The Free World by NEIL YOUNG –
24 July 2019
On 25 July 1989, yep, already 30 years ago, legendary hip-hop rap punks BEASTIE BOYS released their second, ace longplayer ‘PAUL’S BOUTIQUE‘ Maybe not their best known album, but certainly one of their very best. Rowdy, clamorous, mental, inventive & totally cuckoo!
Rolling Stone wrote: ” ‘Paul’s Boutique’ named after a Brooklyn store whose radio ad is tossed in the mix and whose picture graces the cover, surprises from the get-go. Each track brims with ideas and references too numerous to catalog, veering in new directions at every verse. The songs are buoyed by the deft interplay of the three voices and a poetic tornado of imagery. The Boys’ rap references range from Magilla Gorilla to Dickens, their musical samples are equally far-flung, including Johnny Cash, Hendrix and Jean Knight’s ‘Mr. Big Stuff.’ The Boys are just being themselves, thrashing about in a reality ignored by too many mainstream white-rock acts.” – Score: 4/5 – Full review here
Top Single: Hey Ladies…
Album in full…
BEASTIE BOYS: Facebook
Knockouts from the past…
18 July 2019
This day 21 years ago, on 18 July 1998 hip hop icons BEASTIE BOYS topped the UK Albums Chart with their fifth, highly acclaimed, studio album HELLO NASTY. The LP
also hit the top spot in the USA and won two Grammy awards a year later. Wacky track ‘INTERGALATIC’ was the brilliant lead single. It reached #28 in America and #5 in Great-Britain. Here’s that legendary giant robot clip…
BEASTIE BOYS: Facebook
R.I.P. Adam Yauch aka MCA
31 May 2019
Far-out hip-rap-hop rock legends BEASTIE BOYS released their fourth ace full length scream & shout ILL COMMUNICATION today 25 years ago, on 31 May 1994. An artistic
and commercial success hitting the top spot of the US Albums Chart.
Rolling Stone wrote: “Ill Communication continues the formula established on ‘Check’ — home-grown jams powered by live instruments; speedy hardcore rants; and insane rhyme
styles buried under the warm hiss of vintage analog studio equipment. ‘Ill’ maintains the Beasties’ consistency of style, but underneath its goofy, dope-smokin’ antics lies — gasp! —
an artistic maturity that reveals how the Boys have grown since they began as pimply New
York punks making anarchic noise.’
Three of Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite fight for your right to party highlights…
– SABOTAGE –
– B-BOYS MAKIN WITH THE FREAK FREAK –
– THE SCOOP –
Album in full…