On May 5, 2012, in Music, by mugen

When I started high school in 1986, “Fight for Your Right” was sweeping across radio and MTV and License to Ill was becoming popular—and I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a joke (like maybe Weird Al) or if it was just something I wasn’t supposed to understand as a suburban kid who liked Starship, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, and Heart. Later, my good friend Marko turned me on to Paul’s Boutique, and I realized that the joke wasn’t a joke anymore.
When Check Your Head came out during my early college years, I finally started to get that these guys really meant business, and revisiting Paul’s Boutique revealed the absolute musicality of their genius.

So it’s sad to say goodbye to Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. Thank you, sir, for your contribution to music, to culture, to politics, to awareness, to us. You will be missed.

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