R.I.P.  3:38 pm May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch Remembrances: Wolf Blitzer Edition

by Jim Newell

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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Mumbletypeg May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Paul's boo-hoo-hoo…tique

*sniff* I can't go on…

GuanoFaucet May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

He had more rhymes than he had gray hairs.

BarackMyWorld May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My man MCA had a beard like a billy goat.

Baconzgood May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

He had the skills to pay the bills y'all.

iburl May 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Homeboy throw in the towel
Your war got picked by Colin Powell

4TheTurnstiles May 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm


he put on his ear goggles and he's ready to go…

Ayn Rand Paul Tard May 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Can't listen to Beasties right now. Am rocking 'Beastie Breaks' comp of their sample sources. Makes me smile when the sample part comes in.

MissTaken May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Jump out the window onto a parade balloon. My style is iller than the goblins in "Troll 2".

Radiotherapy May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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

Sharkey May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

"Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" is pretty good too, but I've only listened to it once.

BarackMyWorld May 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

"Make Some Noise" showed they still had it.

Fuck Toad May 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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

Sharkey May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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


smokefilledroommate May 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Love that 'Larry' song.

BarackMyWorld May 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Cancer hates good music.

slowhansolo May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard May 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

So you practically partied with him one time. Nice one!

slowhansolo May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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.

johnnymeatworth May 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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….

Sir_Fartz_Alot May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm


CommieLibunatic May 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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

Sir_Fartz_Alot May 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

breitbards ghost disagrees

Ayn Rand Paul Tard May 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

If Wolf is working his way through the discography it'll be a while before he discovers the line: So get your hologram on off of Wolf Blitzer

BarackMyWorld May 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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.

Fuck Toad May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

It's a damn shame sampling law turned out the way it did.

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ May 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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.

KobayashiMaru May 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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

Butch_Wagstaff May 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

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.

trampndirtdown May 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

" Hello Nasty" for me, although i can't think of an album of theirs I don't like.

Goonemeritus May 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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

Fuck Toad May 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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.

MissTaken May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

It would be wrong if it was the other way around.

Texan_Bulldog May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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.

MissNancyPriss May 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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.

GOPCrusher May 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Wait? What? Andrew Breitbart is dead?

ManchuCandidate May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

To be fair to Adam, I preferred William Shatner's version… Sabatajeh

MissTaken May 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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

Baconzgood May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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"

KobayashiMaru May 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

It's got more hits than Sadaharu Oh.

smokefilledroommate May 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Tom Thumb, Tom Cushman or Tom Foolery
Dating women on TV with the help of Chuck Woolery

MissTaken May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Had my first kiss, with tongue!, during Paul Revere.

smokefilledroommate May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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.

UnholyMoses May 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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 …

smokefilledroommate May 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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

ManchuCandidate May 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Wolf? Nah. He's mildly agitating for his invitation to a soiree.

BaldarTFlagass May 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I was always more into 2 Live Jews.

ManchuCandidate May 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I loved "Hey We Want Some Gefilte Fish!!"

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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

Mapmonger May 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

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.

Allmighty_Manos May 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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.

fuflans May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

is this political yet?

Baconzgood May 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

And yet Katy Perry still lives. Some times the world just plain sucks.

HistoriCat May 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I'm a big fan of Katy's talents.

GOPCrusher May 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Me too. Both of them.

trampndirtdown May 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

BZ you might like this…. .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfI-ZHZ2eRM …..it's short.

Baconzgood May 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

He was a fine Jewish boy.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I've always been fond of the a cappella version of Sabotage from Futurama:

However, knowing that Wolf is listening and twitting about it, really diminishes the hipster cred.

Sir_Fartz_Alot May 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

quick, get me a hankie

TeaNuts May 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Hey my sister lost her virginity to the Beastie Boys, and it wasn't the band.

UnholyMoses May 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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.

ElPinche May 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Cheeta the Chimp dead.
Rush Limbaugh alive.

CivicHoliday May 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Ok wow, had never heard of The Beastles before – awesome!

edgydrifter May 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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.

prommie May 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I like "Girls."

peaceocrap May 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

NYNYNYjr May 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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.

ttommyunger May 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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…

Doktor StrangeZoom May 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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"?

HoytClagwell May 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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."

ElPinche May 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

werd up. I knew I could count on Newell for Yauch post.

GOPCrusher May 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Marty Feldman dead.
John Bolton alive.

JackObin May 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

The only sad thing is that anyone ever considered this music.

CivicHoliday May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm


mrbubb May 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

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

MissNancyPriss May 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

strange choice to voice a negative opinion on an obit

Rcrumbudgeon May 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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.

Arken May 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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.

Neoyorquino May 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

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.

trampndirtdown May 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I always LoLd at people who dug "Fight for your Right" and then bought a BB album just to go WHAT THE FUCK?

CountryClubJihadi May 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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.

Butch_Wagstaff May 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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.

CivicHoliday May 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

Douché May 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I will be rocking this party 8 days a week.

horsedreamer_1 May 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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

George Spelvin May 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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?

Butch_Wagstaff May 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Marcos must have a HUGE shoe collection by now.

NYNYNYjr May 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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.

Bonghits4Jesus May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I want to speak to Cookypuss, man!

EloquentScience May 6, 2012 at 6:29 am

"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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