Twenty-six years ago tomorrow, Paul’s Boutique by The Beastie Boys was released, and it pretty much changed my whole life. I was obsessed, and I love it even more now than I did back then. All day KEXP has been doing a tribute and playing all the songs sampled on the album (cost for samples in 1989: $250k — cost in 2015: $20 MILLION), and it has been fantastic. It blows my mind that these guys — who were in their early 20s when they made it — could put together something so brilliant.
So I have been LOVING today, hearing one of my Top 5 Desert Island albums and all that went into it, and my crush on AdRock is officially rekindled.
So for you on this anniversary, here is my old piece I wrote about The Beastie Boys for Litquake a few years ago, and posted it on my old blog:
Enjoy and be sure you listen to Paul’s Boutique this weekend!