Those who have — to my eternal amazement and gratitude — spent way too much time reading this weblog may remember a windy post I penned back in the balmy, carefree days of 2009 about the re-mastering of the Beastie Boys’ 1989 masterpiece Paul’s Boutique (inarguably the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club goddamn Band of sampling … WHAT? AM I WRONG??) If it’s not one of your favorite albums of all time, there is a greater than average chance that I think considerably less of you as a person.
In any case, my friend and former colleague Jem unearthed a great, telling interview with the surviving Beasties that was recently conducted, I believe, by Capitol Records (the major label they famously jumped ship for from the confining parameters of Def Jam). If you’re a Beasties fan and acolyte of Paul’s Boutique, it’s well worth your time. Check it out below.
The photo up top, meanwhile, was taken of the Beastie Boys by the great Ricky Powell on the intersection of Mulberry and Spring … just steps away from the spot photographer Arabella Field captured them as a fledgling hardcore punk band some years earlier (see this post and this post for those details).
Meanwhile, here's the Paul's Boutique record release party clip, discussed in the interview above...