Like most people, I was saddened last week to hear about the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch. I was around 8 or 9 years old the first time I heard the Beastie Boys on the radio and “Fight For Your Right” is one of the first videos I remember seeing on MTV (you know, in the 80s. When MTV played music). I was instantly hooked and they’ve been a big part of my musical landscape ever since (although I can’t understand half of what they say).
Seeing a Beastie Boys concert was always on my to-do list and sadly, I never got to cross that off. A few years ago, they were playing locally and we just could not afford to go. The closest I came was seeing a local, now defunct cover band doing a Beastie Boys medley during one of their sets (It. Was. Spectacular). So, let that be a lesson learned: If a band you adore and have grown up listening to is playing a rare concert in your area–GO! Figure out how to pay for it and go. You never know if you’ll get another opportunity.
I have so many vivid memories that relate to a Beastie’s song. Too many to count and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested in most of them. But I’ll share one with you. During sorority rush, the different sororities were required to put on a skit, complete with a dance (well, my sorority opted for a dance incorporated into the skit). One year, we used “Intergalatic” and it kicked major ass. I can’t hear that song without thinking of that and, while I’m not a huge fan of my sorority, that definitely brings a smile to my face. So, in remembrance of MCA, a fellow New Yorker but one with way more talent than me, I’m sharing “Intergalactic” for today’s money tune.
Thanks for the music.