Adam Yauch Remembrances: Wolf Blitzer Edition

Everyone is so sad about the death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch from cancer today, just everyone. Wolf Blitzer is playing that song. Wolf Blitzer is playing the Beastie Boys, in his office. Usually someone dies in his or her 40s and most people say “that’s sad,” but some people say, “meh, that person did things I didn’t like or had politics that were different from mine, so good.” That’s always so grating. But everyone is miserable about this death. It’s comforting.

You all can now share your Beastie Boys nostalgia experiences, in the comments. I am SPLIT BETWEEN Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head, personally. Here’s a live performance of a song from neither of those albums:

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  1. MissTaken

    I've been blasting Hey Fuck You! for the last hour. MCA's death sucks donkey balls.

    But the line "The truth is brutal, your grandma's poodle" makes me smile.

  2. Radiotherapy

    Like I always say: There is nothing funny about cancer. However, Wolf Blitzer is the malignant melanoma of teevee.

    1. Fuck Toad

      It's a really good album. MCA has great parts on "Nonstop Disco Powerpack" and "Long Burn The Fire".

    2. Sharkey

      From Too Many Rappers:
      "My lyrics spin round like a hurricane twister
      So get your hologram on off of Wolf Blitzer"


  3. slowhansolo

    Paul's Boutique.

    Saw him once, at a Tibetan Freedom show on Randall's Island. I passed out under a water buffalo, in a huge muddy puddle.

    Good times.

      1. slowhansolo

        Yeah, Bjork and Alannis Morrisette were there, too, just not, you know, in the buffalo puddle.

        Thom Yorke and Eddie Vedder, too. They might have been in the puddle. Things were con-fused.

  4. johnnymeatworth

    Everybody's rapping like it's a commercial
    Actin' like life is a big commercial
    So this is what I've got to say to you all
    Be true to yourself and you will never fall….

  5. CommieLibunatic

    Further proof, as if we needed any, that the good ones die too young while the assholes last forever.

  6. BarackMyWorld

    Not enough good things can ever be said about Paul's Boutique. It was a masterpiece from back when sampling was taking bits and pieces of lots of other stuff and making something original and new, instead of just lifting an entire backing track and rapping over it like these rappers today do. And the lyrics were funny and clever, and not just guys rhyming the same 3 or 4 words over and over.

    1. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

      I get giddy every time I hear "Egg Man" play… that song is so much fun to sing in the car! The very lyricism of "The Sound of Science" is a string of the perfect bon mots, and I have emceed two womanless beauty reviews and used "Hey Ladies" as the opening laydown.

      deit: It is so warming to hear good criticism of Paul's Boutique, even on such a sad day. I remember the very trip where I first heard it, and what a great feeling I had while driving to its reserved, prepared sounds.

    2. KobayashiMaru

      And they were considered one hit wonders when that record came out, goddammit.

    3. Butch_Wagstaff

      I played the hell out of the Boutique. But my favorite Beastie album is "Check Your Head". It's my personal soundtrack for the summer of 1992 when I had "fun" with various boys (not all at once, okay?) who I remember fondly.

  7. Goonemeritus

    Is it wrong to point out that I find myself more upset for MCA than I was over Mr. Breitbart?

    1. Fuck Toad

      MCA: good man, amazing artist, could have done so much more
      Breitbart: terrible man, smear artist, could have done so much more

      Makes sense to me.

    2. Texan_Bulldog

      I was actually more upset when our pet guinea pig died than when Andy keeled over because our pet guinea pig (Sammy) was, you know, not a raging dick.

    3. MissNancyPriss

      I was happy when when Breitbrat died. There, I said it. Today, I am so freaking depressed I am actually leaving my stupid job early and going home.

  8. MissTaken

    I saw them at Lollapalooza at Shoreline, guess it was '94. They killed Sabotage, fucking killed it.

  9. Baconzgood

    I remember getting Paul’s Boutique the day it came out. It wasn't what I expected when a friend and I played it at a party a few days later. Needless to say, at the time, everyone hated it but Baconz truely, and this really really fly red headed girly. We talked about the album and we ended up dating for a couple years. Thanks for the in MCA, because at the time "I stay(ed) at home just like a herit"

  10. smokefilledroommate

    I saw them in the mid 80's (Licensed to Ill tour) with Public Enemy opening (!) and many times after. Paul's Boutique my most fave. Shit, I even had Pollywog Stew.

    1. UnholyMoses

      Saw that same tour. How they finished with as drunk as they were is beyond me (tho Ad Rock nearly broke his neck falling off the giant, inflatable microphone he was … well, it looked like dry humping, but we had crappy seats, so hard to tell).

      I have such a sad right now …

      1. smokefilledroommate

        I was just thinking– I had that album because I loaned it to a friend of mine in high school–Mike Oeming (you'll know that name if you're a comic book geek). He used to draw me in the cafeteria when we were at lunch… Hmmm what a great conversation starter! lol

  11. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    You make the mistake to judge a man by his race.
    Go through life with egg on your face.

  12. Mapmonger

    I really can't snark about this. But the thought that Wolf Blitzer is getting in on the sadfest is bothering me. Wolf Blitzer is touching my sorrow on its bathing suit area without my permission.

  13. Allmighty_Manos

    I remember seeing them live, around 97 I think. They played Sabotage and Whatca Want back-to-back. The field was a bloody mess afterwards.

  14. UnholyMoses

    Just … fuckinggoddamnsonofabitchfuck.

    How the holy hell does MCA die, yet Dick Cheney is still alive? Anyone got an answer for that one?

    P.S. Do a search for "The Beastles" — a mash up of Beastie Boys and Beatles from djbc. It's fantastic beyond words.

  15. edgydrifter

    My fear was just a shadow
    And then a voice spoke in my head
    And she said dark is not the opposite of light
    It's the absence of light
    And I thought to myself
    She knows what she's talking about
    And for a moment I knew
    What it was all about

    Namaste, MCA.

    1. peaceocrap

      Now you've done it. That song will run in a loop in my head for the whole weekend.

  16. NYNYNYjr

    I realized what range an artist can have, after thinking the Beastie Boys just did a lot of yelling, a friend played "Namaste" over and over, and I was like 'shit, that song is awesome' and I started listening to the other songs, and hearing the lyrics and it white-ed-ly opened up rap to me, I think. They wrote some off the awesomest songs…I always thot Adam was the coolest… and I saw him walking in Tribeca once with his wife and daughter.

    This is the first celebrity death I've cared about…in memory. I mean… some people, when they die, I won't name names, they are more like the living dead. Some people actually were going to contribute more to the world than crimes and rehabs and fuckall interviews with Diane Sawyer.

  17. ttommyunger

    Geezer comment: Not familiar with this Group, the deceased, don't watch CNN and I'm convinced Young Master Blitzer is not smart enough to qualify as an idiot and everyone dies, also, too…

  18. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Also good: Terry Gross's 2006 interview, in which they note that it's a bit odd to have multigenerational fans–a teen listening to them on an iPod, and the kid's dad asking them "hey, when's your next cassette coming out"?

    1. HoytClagwell

      obligatory Futurama reference:
      Fry: "Wow! I love you guys! Back in the 20th century, I had all five of your albums."
      Ad-Rock: "That was a thousand years ago. Now we got seven."

    1. mrbubb

      Paul's Boutique is the most seminal album since Sgt. Pepper's and Dark Side of the Moon. It's that simple.

  19. Rcrumbudgeon

    Saw them in '07 at the Fillmore in Denver. An amazing show. Because ticket prices were kind of high, the Beastie Boys requested fans get themselves gussied up in their finest. and nearly everyone obliged. They also gave out free apples at the door, which was just about the most amazing thing ever. I'll definitely be blasting my scratched up vinyl copy of Paul's Boutique after work tonight.

  20. Arken

    Coolin' on a corner on a hot summer's day
    Just me an my posse and MCA

    I always felt bad for MCA not being part of his posse.

  21. Neoyorquino

    Of all the songs to play – "Fight for your Right" was their way to take a shot at knuckle-dragging, mindless party anthems like "Smoking in the Boys Room." They hadn't performed it since the late '80s. Damn, Wolf – play "Shake Your Rump" or another cut.

  22. CountryClubJihadi

    He was a great friend to Tibet and his tireless work and kind heart will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him.

  23. Butch_Wagstaff

    First, thanks to the Google doodle, I was reminded that Keith Haring would have been 54 today had he lived which then reminded me of how young he was when he died (31). Then I read about Yauch's death.
    Fuck. Shit.

  24. CivicHoliday

    This is maybe the only band I can think of (other than Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac) that I started listening to as a kid and still love today

  25. horsedreamer_1

    The Biz v. The Nuge is the one time a Wonketeer can smile at the thought of Michigan's whiniest.

  26. George Spelvin

    I'm too old to have been a full-on Beasties fan (I was 39 when Licensed to Ill came out), but when I hear their tracks I'm always impressed by the inventiveness. Also, it took a fair amount of chootspa to make it as a white rap group, such as.

    It's sad when anyone dies young. At least, in the Jewish tradition, MCA won't be entirely gone for a long while.

    Also, who gives a fuck about Wolf Blitzer's playlist?

  27. NYNYNYjr

    Well, we could always bring MCA back as a hologram to perform with the terrible rappers of ten years in the future on the Grammys.
    Oh wait, that would just be SHITTARDED, nevermind.

  28. EloquentScience

    "Yeah that's right my name's Yauch
    Ponce De Leon constantly on
    The fountain of youth not Robotron
    Peace is a word I've heard before
    So move and move and move upon the dance floor
    I'm gonna die gonna die one day
    Cause I'm goin and goin and goin this way
    Not like a roach or a piece of toast
    I'm going out first class not going out coach."

    The Sounds of Science – Beastie Boys

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