Rap Icons BEASTIE BOYS Released ‘CHECK YOUR HEAD’ Album 30 Years Ago Today

Back in time

21 April 2022

Band: BEASTIE BOYS (NYC)
Active: 1981-2012 / The band called it a day when MCA aka Adam Yauch
passed away in 2012 due to a salivary gland tumour. He was only 47, RIP.
Albums: 8 – check them here

Anniversary album: CHECK YOUR HEAD
Released: 21 April 1992 – 30 years ago, today.

AllMusic said: “It’s how the old school raps give way to fuzz-toned rockers, furious punk, and cheerfully gritty, jazzy jams. As much as Paul’s Boutique, this is a whirlwind tour through the Beasties’ pop-culture obsessions, but instead of spinning into Technicolor fantasies, it’s earth-bound D.I.Y. that makes it all seem equally accessible — which is a big reason why it turned out to be an alt-rock touchstone of the ’90s, something that both set trends and predicted them.” Score: 5/5

TUTV: When playing Beastie Boys one thought pops up “dearly missed“.

Singles/clips: Pass The Mic / JimmyJames / So What’cha Want”

– PASS THE MIC –

– JIMMY JAMES –

– SO WHAT’ CHA WANT –

Stream full LP on Spotify…

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BEASTIE BOYS: Story – Website

BEASTIE BOYS – First Rap Act Ever Scoring No 1 Album In America – This Day In 1987

7 March 2021

Band: BEASTIE BOYS (NYC)
Active: 1978–2012. The BB called it a day when Adam MCA Yauch
passed away on 4 May 2012 from parotid cancer. He was only 47.

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)…

Full album…

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BEASTIE BOYS: All albumsWebsite

RIP Adam Yauch

BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Albums Turning 35 In 2021

– 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.

Stream here…

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– 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.

Stream here…

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– 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.

Stream here…

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– 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.

Stream here…

ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD – Five Ballbreaking Live Killers Against Paranoia..

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 –

Hell Yeah…


(VANT – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)