I was deeply saddened when I heard about the passing of Adam Yauch on May 4.
He is one of the first musicians of my generation that I admired – and the first that died.
I imagine this is how fans felt when they heard Elvis was found dead in his washroom in 1977. (I was seven at the time. I think I knew who Elvis was.)
“License to Ill” may have been purposely stupid, but “Paul’s Boutique” was a masterpiece of obscure samples and clever lyricism. I have two copies of “Paul’s Boutique” (on CD!!) – one that I have listened to so much that it is practically a liquid and the other, still wrapped in its original plastic wrap where it will remain in pristine condition until the End of Days. I could go on, but suffice it to say that, for me, the Beasties’ oeuvre, from “Check Your Head” to “Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2” command a prominent place in my aural consciousness.
So in the spirit of Yauch’s artistry and goofiness, I present the following clip in tribute… “Sabotage” (off “Ill Communication”), reshot with kids. May Adam Yauch’s soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life. Amen.