S.M. Douglas

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I’m back. Sorry about the break but had a baby in January and things have been hectic. Anyway, I thought I would kick things off with a look at one of my all time favorite bands: The Beastie Boys.


In 2012 Adam Yauch died at age 47. He will be missed. For purely selfish reasons I feel cursed. My favorite bands/musicians have now all ended with premature deaths; Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin (Jon Bonham’s death), and of course the Beastie Boys.

In 2012 Rolling Stone asked it’s readers to rate the best Beastie Boy’s songs ever. This is what they came up with:

10. “Get it Together”

9. “Shake Your Rump”

8. “Sure Shot”

7. “Brass Monkey”

6. “Intergalactic”

5. “No Sleep till Brooklyn”

4. “Fight for Your Right” (to party)

3. “So What’cha Want”

2. “Paul Revere”

1.  “Sabotage”

Not bad but a little heavy on the frat boy hits from their first album, and way too thin on selections from “Paul’s Boutique” – in my opinion the Beastie Boys best work.


I would have swapped out “Intergalactic” and “No Sleep till Brooklyn” (for that matter “Fight for Your Right” is not one of my favorites but I understand it’s place on the list as their first big hit) and replaced them with “Hey Ladies”, “Car Thief”, “Sure Shot”, “Skills to Pay the Bills”,  and “Alive.”  Whoops that would blow up my list past a top ten, but like I said they are one of my all time fav’s.

One more aside, I know “Sabotage” gets all the props for being a kick ass music video (and it should):

But “Hey Ladies” was pretty cool as well:

Here’s a little something to help perk up your Monday blah’s (it will either make you laugh hysterically at what used to pass for “cool” or want to get out and strap on the old roller skates).

Either way, it’s from the 1979 movie Roller Boogie and set to Boogie Wonderland (a classic in it’s own right – in 1979 it peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold over a million copies and was certified “gold” by the RIAA). A trivia note here: many of the skaters also performed in another homage to roller skating culture: 1980’s Xanadu.

So enjoy the fashions, skating skills, music, hairstyles, and oh by the way…I wish I were still that skinny:

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