4

Beastie Boys Aren't Supposed to Die; R.I.P. Adam Yauch

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Beastie Boys aren't supposed to die, and they certainly aren't supposed to succumb to cancer when they're only 47. But that's what happened today: MCA has passed away.

The Beastie Boys seemed eternally youthful -- from their punky beginnings to their prank-rap stardom, to their string of genuine and soulful records throughout the '90s and 2000s, albums that found them exploring spirituality and social consciousness. Hello Nasty was funky and deep, To the 5 Boroughs was a post-9/11 ode to New York City, and last year's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was a stretch back to the band's playful roots while maintaining the spiritual openness that has come to define them almost as much as the goofy, rebellious shtick of the great Licensed to Ill.

Yauch's distinct voice -- in a group full of them -- was always strong, as was his musical direction (that's his bass on "Sabotage") and cinematic flair. He founded Oscilloscope Laboratories and directed many of the band's best clips, including the incredible Fight for Your Right (Revisited) last year.

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. The induction ceremony airs on HBO tomorrow night. Yauch was unable to attend, and his absence on stage while the other Boys are honored will feel eerily sad.

As admirers have taken to Twitter, it's the words of soul-poppers Chromeo that feel most appropriate to share.

@Chromeo: They taught us how to dress, they taught us that it was ok for skater kids to listen to rap, they taught us about graf, record digging...

MCA directed all those videos that taught us everything. Nathaniel Hornblower forever.

The Beastie Boys basically invented the concept of the cool white person. #RIPMCA

Listen to native Phoenician Z-Trip's excellent All Access Beastie Boys mega mix.

See more photos of Adam Yauch rocking out in our slideshow.

Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.